Home Men's Soccer Preview: Merrimack hosts Assumption in NE10 Quarterfinals Tuesday night

Preview: Merrimack hosts Assumption in NE10 Quarterfinals Tuesday night

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After a senior day victory, the Merrimack College men’s soccer team has officially wrapped up a top-four spot in the Northeast 10 Conference Championships as the #4 seed and will host #5 Assumption Tuesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. The Warriors blanked Assumption in the regular season finale this past Friday to secure home-field advantage in the first round.

Pricing:
Adults – $6.
Children/Seniors – $4.
Students (with valid NE-10 ID) – $1

NE10 Championship Schedule:
Quarterfinals ­- at Higher Seeds
Match 1: #8 American International at #1 Le Moyne (1:00 PM)
Match 2: #7 Southern Connecticut at #2 Adelphi (7:00 PM)
Match 3: #6 Franklin Pierce at #3 Southern New Hampshire (7:00 PM)
Match 4: #5 Assumption at #4 Merrimack (7:00 PM)

Friday, November 2nd   
Semifinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 5: Match 1 winner vs. Match 4 winner Time TBD  at Higher Seed
Match 6: Match 2 winner vs. Match 3 Time TBD at Higher Seed

Sunday, November 4th 

Championship ­ at Highest Seed
Match 7: Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner

Five Things to Know:

  • The Warriors defeated Assumption in its last game of the regular season, 1-0; in dominating fashion, the Warriors allowed just five shots total, with one lone attack on net.
  • Senior goalkeeper Tyler Packet ranks 3rd in the NE10 in save percentage (.794), 3rd in goals against (13),  and 2nd in goals against average (0.81).
  • Merrimack has hosted the first round of the Northeast 10 Championships every year since 2014; the team has hosted five of the last seven first-round games.
  • Merrimack hasn’t given up a goal to Assumption since 2013; since 1998, the team is 16-1-3 against the Greyhounds.
  • Freshman Tola Showunmi and sophomore Filippo Begliardi Ghidini are tied for the team lead in points (13); both have six goals and an assist on the season.

Inside the Matchup:

Merrimack (11-5, 8-5 NE10)CategoryAssumption (8-6-2, 6-5-2 NE10)
1.56Scoring Offense1.56
0.81Scoring Defense1.24
Ghidini, Showunmi (6-1—13)Leading ScorerJason Lages (9-2-20)
Ghidini, Showunmi (6)Goals LeaderLages (5)
Lars Sund (5)Assists LeaderAlex Moschella (6)
Tyler Packett (50)Saves LeaderSebastian Jimenez (101)
Packett (0.81)GAA LeaderJimenez (1.25)
Packett (.794)Save Percentage LeaderJimenez (.828)
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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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