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No. 4 Merrimack rolls past Franklin Pierce

RINDGE, N.H. – The No. 4 Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team had 12 goals at the half and rolled from there on out, winning its seventh straight game after an 18-8 road victory at Franklin Pierce on Wednesday.

Sophomore Sean Black led the way with eight points and now has 33 points (9g, 24a) in his last four outings. Classmate Christian Thomas contributed six more points (2g, 4a), while junior Charlie Bertrand led all players with five goals, as the Warriors’ potent offensive trio combined for 19 points on the day.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 18, Franklin Pierce 8
Records: #4 Merrimack (9-1, 7-0 NE10) | Franklin Pierce (4-5, 2-5 NE10)
Location: Sodexo Field | Rindge, N.H.
Duration: 1:53
Attendance: 167

Rapid Recap

  • After the two teams traded two goals apiece in the opening five minutes, Merrimack closed out the first quarter with six straight goals to build an 8-2 lead. Bertrand had three of those eight tallies, while classmate Chris Willox netted the first of his career.
  • Franklin Pierce netted two of the first three scores to start the second quarter, but the Warriors closed out the half with the final three markers, two of them off the stick of Bertrand, to make Merrimack’s lead eight (12-4) at the midway point.
  • The Warriors took full control in the third, outscoring the hosts by a 7-1 margin. Black had three of them, while four other Warriors contributed the rest of the scoring. Franklin Pierce would only get three more the rest of the way, as the Warriors wrapped up their seventh straight win by a 10-goal cushion.

Notes and Numbers

  • Black had another impressive outing, leading all players with eight points. He now has 33 points (9g, 24a) in his last four outings.
  • Eight different Warriors finished with at least one goal and five had two or more, including five from Bertrand and hat tricks from Black and junior Dom ThomasChristian Thomas and senior Michael O’Connell also had two goals.
  • Freshman Charlie O’Connor had his best day as a Warrior, winning 13-of-25 faceoffs. His classmate, long stick midfielder Christian Gloverset a new career-high with seven ground balls.
  • Merrimack extended its conference winning streak to 18 straight contests, the longest active streak in the NE10 and in the country.
  • Merrimack has never lost in 19 tries against Franklin Pierce after Wednesday’s win.
  • Shots: 32-38 (22-19 SOG)
  • EMO: 1-1 // 1-2
  • Faceoffs: 13-15 // Ground Balls: 34-32
  • Turnovers (CT): 22-24 (6-7) // Clears: 16-23 // 10-18

Up Next
Merrimack returns home Saturday (April 13) to welcome No. 9 Pace University in a top-10 national matchup on both Youth Day and Alumni Day. Game time from Duane Stadium is 4 p.m.

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