SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The No. 4 Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team earned its fourth straight victory after a 24-1 victory American International College on Saturday at Abdow Field.
A season-high 10 different Warriors scored for Merrimack, led by a five-goal outing by senior Michael O’Connell, who finished with six points alongside junior Charlie Bertrand. Sophomore Sean Black led all players with seven points, while classmate Peter Brown and freshman Cory Lyons each split the game in net and combined for four saves.
Score: Merrimack 24, AIC 1
Records: #4 Merrimack (6-1, 4-0 NE10) | American Int’l (0-11, 0-6 NE10)
Location: Abdow Field | Springfield, Mass.
- Merrimack took control with a 13-goal opening frame. Both O’Connell and Bertrand had four goals apiece in the first 15 minutes, while junior Dom Thomas, sophomore Davis Cronin and freshman Drew Hailey had the other three tallies.
- The Warriors added seven more markers in the second to hit the 20-goal threshold for the third time this year. Sophomore Sean Snyder and freshmen Lance Crate, Brennan McInnis joined Hailey and O’Connell on the scoresheet in the second frame, with McInnis netting a pair.
- Morrill, Snyder, McInnis and Crate each found the back of the net in the final stanza to round out Merrimack’s most potent offensive outing of the year.
Notes and Numbers
- Aside from Black’s seven points on two goals and five helpers, O’Connell finished with a career-best six points on the strength of five goals and a helper, while Bertrand shared the team lead in scoring (4g, 2a).
- McInnis also added a career-high four points (3g, 1a), while classmates Hailey (2-2—4), Crate (2g) and Jake Holava (2a) also had two points.
- Cronin was perfect on the faceoff X, winning all 20 attempts. He also posted a career-high 18 ground balls to round out his perfect evening.
- Freshman Christian Glover and sophomore Carlin Joyal combined for five of Merrimack’s 14 caused turnovers.
- Merrimack improved to 23-0 all-time against AIC after Saturday’s outing.
- Merrimack extended its conference winning streak to 15 straight contests, the longest active streak in the NE10 and third-longest conference winning streak nationally.
- Shots: 46-8 (36-5 SOG)
- EMO: 2-4 // 0-2
- Faceoffs: 27-2 // Ground Balls: 49-10
- Turnovers (CT): 13-22 (14-4) // Clears: 14-15 // 13-21
Merrimack stays on the road to meet Saint Anselm in a rematch of last year’s NE10 Championship next Tuesday (April 2) at 7:30 p.m.