April 3, 2013

No. 4 Merrimack Wins Fifth Straight

from press release

RINDGE, N.H. – Behind a season-high six goal performance by reigning Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.), the #4 Merrimack men's lacrosse team picked up their fifth straight win with a dominating 17-4 win over Franklin Pierce.

"We looked good today" said head coach Mike Morgan. "We continued to click on offense, kept a good team to a low score defensively, won a lot of faceoff's and also controlled the middle of the field. It was a good overall effort and we need to continue to have urgency in practice to improve on some mistakes."

Merrimack (5-1, 4-0 NE-10) will return home to Martone-Mejail Field on Saturday afternoon as they will play host to Southern New Hampshire at 7 p.m. The Warriors have won seven straight games on their home turf including a 5-3 win over then #1 Le Moyne earlier this season.

The Warriors jumped out quick and put the Ravens away as they opened the game on a 8-0 scoring run including scoring a season-high five goals in the first 15 minutes of the contest.

Melaugh powered the Merrimack offense, which has averaged 18 goals a game over their last two conference victories, with a season-high six goals on eight shots on goal. The six point performance for Melaugh moves him into a tie for eighth place on the Merrimack scoring charts with current head coach and former Warrior Mike Morgan. Melaugh has racked up 139 career points in a Merrimack jersey. Sophomore Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) finished the game with a season-high five points, three goals and two assists while Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) continued his hot start with three goals and an assist to go along with two ground balls.

Melaugh opened the scoring for the Warriors less than two minutes into the first period as he took a Lunney feed and found the back of the net for his 15th goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Lunney made the score 2-0 as he fired home his 18th marker of the season with the assist going to Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.).

The Warriors ended the first period with three goals, to give them a season-high five first period goals. Mike Perdie (Wading River, NJ), Shand and Bryan Pollack (Shelton, CT) each scored in the final seven minutes of the period for Merrimack. The Pollack goal was his first of the season and second career. The Warriors finished off their 8-0 run to open the game in the second as Melaugh scored twice and Lunney scored once before Erik Kelly and Cody Kelley scored for the Ravens, making the score 8-2 in favor of Merrimack at half.

The two teams traded two goals at the start of the third period as Melaugh scored twice with assists to Shand and Paul Jones (Guilderland, NY) to make the score 10-4. Merrimack dominated the end of the third as they scored five straight goals. The five Warrior goals were scored by Melaugh, Lunney, Ryan Poirier (Warwick, RI), Brett Axelson (Cazenovia, NY) and Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.).

Shand finished the scoring for the high-powered Warriors offense in the fourth period as he scored back-to-back goals with the assists going to Poirier and Trevor Gallagher (Simsbury, CT).
For the game, Merrimack outshot their opponents 55-25 while also going a perfect 13-for-13 on their clearing attempts. The Warriors dominated the faceoff circle for the second straight game on Wednesday as they won 17-of-22 faceoffs as Patrick Coskren (Norwell, Mass.) led the way going 14-for-17 and scooping up a season-high 14 ground balls.

Defensively, Merrimack was led by junior Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.) who finished the game with two ground balls while Towler caused one turnover and scooped up two ground balls in the win for Merrimack. Connor Reagan (East Lyme, CT) was solid in net for the Warriors as he only allowed four goals in 45 minutes of action while making five saves. Morgan Green (Portsmouth, RI) played the final period for the Warriors and made eight saves while holding the Raven scoreless.

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