Last week the Merrimack men’s lacrosse team lost Charlie Bertrand to the transfer portal, with the three-time All-American announcing he was moving to Virginia for his final season. This week, the Warriors added a big piece from the transfer portal, picking up Furham midfielder Jack Rooney, who announced today on social media that he was transferring to the Warriors.
Rooney had appeared in three games for Furhman this season as a freshman, scoring a goal, before the season was shutdown.
Although listed as a midfielder on Furhman’s roster, Rooney played attack in high school. He graduated from St. Dominic High School where he played for head coach Tom Rooney, his father. Rooney Is the all-time leading points scorer at St. Dominic and a four-year starter. He was named All-League three times and set the school’s single-season points record (119 points) during senior season, leading the team to both the state and Long Island championships as a senior.
“The attackman is a good finisher and shooter who can really sneak inside and get on the backside of a defense,” said Lacrosse Bucket during his HS career. “He is a good catch and shoot type of player as well as a guys that can hitch and go from the wings as well.
Rooney also has the skill set to play from various spots on the field. He can get it done from behind the cage at “X”, up top, on the wings, and inside as well. The attackman is also a good feeder as he can find open guys and get them the ball with crisp passes. ”
St. Dominic is also where Merrimack head coach Mike Morgan played his high school lacrosse. Prior to committing to Furhman, Rooney was committed to Holy Cross.
Rooney will be eligible to play for the Warriors immediately. Furhman recently announced that it was discontinuing its men’s lacrosse and baseball programs due to cost-cutting measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, which allows for Rooney to maintain his immediate eligibility.