GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – The second-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse program had its nine-game winning streak snapped after falling to third-ranked Adelphi University on Saturday.
The Panthers piled up 17 goals offensively – tying the most goals scored by an opponent this year – and became the first team in 27 games to limit the Warriors to a single-digit goal total on the defensive side to spark the hosts to the upset win. The decision also creates a three-way tie atop the Northeast-10 Conference standings with just one game left, as Merrimack rounds out the regular season on Tuesday at Saint Michael’s College.
Score: Adelphi 17, Merrimack 8
Records: #4 Merrimack (12-1, 9-1 NE10) | #3 Adelphi (14-1, 9-1 NE10)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.
- After sophomore Christian Thomas opened the scoring less than three minutes in, it was all Adelphi over the remainder of the first quarter, as the Panthers netted five uninterrupted tallies the rest of the way while making three saves and forcing three turnovers to limit the potent Merrimack offense to just a single tally.
- Junior Charlie Bertrand ended a nearly full-quarter-long scoring drought for Merrimack early in the second to get the Warriors within three, but Adelphi answered with back-to-back strikes in the next two minutes. Bertrand found the twine again at the 8:49 mark, but the Panthers capitalized on a man-up opportunity shortly after and took a game-high six-goal lead with 3:43 left in the half.
- Freshman Brennan McInnis got the Warriors back within five after scoring in transition at the 2:17 mark, and sophomore Sean Black made it a four-goal game at the half (9-5) after sneaking in a wraparound tally in the closing seconds of the quarter.
- Merrimack killed off an early extra-man opportunity that carried over from the end of the first half, but Adelphi would still manage to add five more goals in the third quarter to take a 14-6 lead into the final stanza. Bertrand had the lone marker in the penultimate frame for the visitors.
- Goals by both junior Dom Thomas and Christian Thomas sparked Merrimack at the onset of the fourth quarter, but that was closest the Warriors would get on the way to the nine-goal defeat.
Notes and Numbers
- Bertrand had Merrimack’s lone hat trick and led all Warriors with three points, while Christian Thomas was the only other Warrior with more than one goal.
- Christian Thomas also led the Warriors with five ground balls, while senior Dan Cotnoir and sophomore Carlin Joyal shared the team lead with two caused turnovers.
- Despite suffering his first loss of the season in net, junior Nick Ponte still finished with an impressive 17 saves.
- The nine-goal loss was Merrimack’s worst since a 10-goal defeat at Le Moyne (14-4) nearly nine years ago (April 10, 2010). Merrimack would win the NE10 Championship nearly three weeks later that season, however.
- Merrimack saw its conference winning streak of 20 straight games snapped on Saturday, which was the longest active streak in the country.
- Adelphi pulled to within three games in the all-time series, but Merrimack still leads the head-to-back battle with the Panthers with a 12-9 record. The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak against the Warriors.
- Shots: 33-51 (18-34 SOG)
- EMO: 2-5 // 3-7
- Faceoffs: 2-28 // Ground Balls: 14-47
- Turnovers (CT): 11-16 (7-6) // Clears: 13-18 // 16-17
Merrimack concludes the regular season at Saint Michael’s on Tuesday afternoon, with game time set for 3:30 p.m.