April 7, 2012

No. 2 LeMoyne Rallies to Beat No. 3 Merrimack

from press release

Nick Blumer had three goals to help No. 2 LeMoyne win its 50th consecutive Northeast-10 Conference game.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sophomore attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored midway through the fourth quarter to break a tie as the second-ranked Le Moyne College men's lacrosse team rallied for an 8-6 win over third-ranked Merrimack on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex.

Senior midfielder Nick Blumer (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse/Hobart) opened the game's scoring with his sixth goal of the season just 55 seconds into the contest off a drive from outside the restraining line to the right edge of the crease.

After almost 10 and one-half minutes of scoreless action, the Warriors evened the score at one a piece. Mike Perdie sent a pass from 17 yards in front of the goal to Kyle Guilbert just off the right edge of the crease, where he scored his fourth goal of the year. Perdie gave his team the lead at the end of the first quarter by scoring from the left side of the crease with three seconds left.

The Warriors took a 3-1 lead with 6:44 remaining in the second quarter as Paul Gallagher found the back of the net in an extra-man opportunity off a pass from the left side by Guilbert.

Blumer pulled the Dolphins within a goal four minutes later by rolling around the left side of the goal from behind and depositing a diving shot into the back of the net.

Off the opening face-off of the third quarter, sophomore face-off specialist Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy) picked up the ball on a Merrimack violation, raced up field and fed junior attackman Tyler Prevost (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart/Onondaga C.C.) on the right side of the goal, where he fired in a shot over goalkeeper Morgan Green's left shoulder to knot the score at three just six seconds into the quarter.

Merrimack (7-1, 3-1 NE-10) regained the lead less than two minutes later as Paul Jones sent a pass from behind the goal to Guilbert on the crease, where he quickly shot before being pushed into the crease.

Prevost tied the score at four with 11:50 remaining in the third quarter with a shot from the goal line extended on the left side after driving from behind the cage and slipping inside his defender.

Once again, the Warriors answered as Greg Fallon tallied his first goal of the season with 10:20 remaining off a dodge to the left side of the goal from outside the restraining line.

Following five and one-half minutes of scoreless play, Blumer knotted the score at five each off a pass from graduate student midfielder Tyler Sennett (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham), who collected an errant shot before finding Blumer 15 yards in front of the goal.

Merrimack's Corey Lunney gave his team the lead for the final time with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter with his 23rd goal of the season.

Off a restart, junior attackman Nate Frechette (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) took the ball behind the goal, where he fed a pass over the crossbar to Button, who sent a quick-stick shot past Green to tie the score with 4.2 seconds remaining in the quarter.

After back-and-forth play over the opening half of the fourth quarter, Sennett drove to the goal line extended on the left side before sending a pass back to Button, who buried his shot over Green's right shoulder for his 10th goal of the season and Le Moyne's first lead since 3:42 remained in the first quarter.

Sennett gave the Dolphins the two-goal advantage with 4:01 remaining by rolling to his left off his defender and firing his sixth goal of the campaign into the back of the net.

Junior goalkeeper Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS) made five saves between the pipes to pick up the victory. Green stopped four shots in the setback, three of which came in the fourth quarter.

Le Moyne (10-0, 5-0 NE-10), which won its 50th straight Northeast-10 Conference game, improved to 16-0 all-time against Merrimack when holding the Warriors to six goals or less (1-7 when allowing at least seven goals). The Dolphins return to action on Tuesday at American International at 4:00 p.m.

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