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Thomas Scores Four; Men’s Lacrosse Edged at Hobart in Season Finale

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GENEVA, N.Y. – A three-goal run in the third quarter brought the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team to within three of Hobart, but the Statesmen were able to close out a 14-10 win over the Warriors Saturday afternoon at Urick Stadium.

Christian Thomas had a pair of goals in both halves for four on the day to lead the attack, while Tommy Rooney and Jack Rooney both had a pair of tallies. Sean Black had a team-high two assists to finish the season with a team-leading 19. Already the program’s all-time leader in assists, he’s the first Warrior to lead the team in the category in four straight seasons in school history.

In the cage, Henry Vogt concluded his stellar rookie campaign with 14 saves. He ends the 2021 season with a .531 save percentage and finished with a .500 save percentage or better in seven of his nine starts.

The Basics
Score: Hobart 14, Merrimack 10
Records: Merrimack (5-5, 4-4 NEC) | Hobart (4-2, 4-2 NEC)

Rapid Recap

  • Hobart jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening nine minutes, but Merrimack was able to get on the board late in the first thanks to Thomas. He scored his 18th of the season when he finished off a feed from Tommy Rooney with 2:33 to play.
  • The Statesmen brought the lead back to three before the end of the quarter, but the Warriors needed just 1:39 of time in the second quarter to bring the margin back down to two. Black notched his first assist of the day when he swung a feed out to Tommy Rooney, who ripped a sidewinder straightaway from 14 yards that rippled the twine. 
  • A quick response from the hosts over the next minute brought the score to 6-2 in favor of the Statesmen.
  • Thomas looked to spark the visitors at 9:07 when he fought through a pair of defenders and scored on a wraparound.
  • Hobart did not let Merrimack build momentum, as it closed the half on a 3-0 run to make it 9-3 at the halftime break.
  • After the intermission, the third quarter belonged to the men from North Andover. Just over three minutes into the second half, Jack Rooney scored his first of the day on a highlight reel finish. He received a Grant Laman pass in front, then switched over and ripped a shot behind his back on the left side that eluded the Statesmen goalie. 
  • Hobart looked to slow the Warriors down at 6:57 with a goal to get its lead back to six, but Merrimack pressed forward. On a bang-bang play, Tommy Rooney scored on a Thomas pass on the man-up at 4:31, then the Warrior sideline exploded at 2:57 when defender, Riley Reed, took it himself for his first career goal at 2:57. 
  • Drew Hailey had more fireworks to conclude the third quarter with just 22 seconds to play when he shook a defender loose in the far alley, then bounced one home on a sharp angle to bring the score to 10-7 after 45 minutes.
  • The Statesmen had a response to open the fourth, as they slowed down the Warrior attack, then notched two goals 50 seconds apart midway through to claim a 12-7 lead.
  • Jack Rooney brought the deficit back down to four on the man-up at 8:01 when he faked a shot from straightaway, then crept in and blasted home a wicked shot that caught the bar and went down and in. 
  • Hobart got it back a minute later, but the legendary combination of Thomas and Black teamed up again at 5:31. Black slipped a pass to Thomas goal line extended to the right in stride, then the senior quickly ran in front and scored on the near side.
  • The Statesmen did not let the Warriors build a late run, as they responded again at 3:10, before Thomas closed the scoring with his fourth of the afternoon at 1:58.

Notes and Numbers

  • Joseph Jorgenson closed his rookie season with a team-high two caused turnovers. It was his second such game of the season.
  • Thomas, Nicholas Perez-Blanco, Chris Willox and Sam Walsh also had a caused turnover.
  • Perez-Blanco’s four ground balls were a team-high.
  • Jack Rooney narrowly finished the season as the team’s top scorer, as his 34 points were just one better than his older brother, Tommy.
  • Karl Sutter had a pair of ground balls and ended the season with a team-leading 35.
  • The team tied its season-high in man-up goals with three and ended the year with a .395 success rate with the extra player.
  • Shots: 50-37 Hobart (28-20 SOG)
  • EMO: Merrimack: 3-6 // Hobart: 0-4
  • Faceoffs: 19-8 Hobart // Ground Balls: 34-18 Hobart
  • Turnovers (CT): 16-14 Merrimack (10-6 Hobart) // Clears: Merrimack: 15-21 // Hobart: 14-16

Up Next
Merrimack closed the season Saturday, as it is still ineligible for postseason play due to the school’s Division I reclassification process.

For continuing coverage of Merrimack College Athletics, visit MerrimackAthletics.com and follow the Warriors on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

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