No. 6 Merrimack Dispatches Southern New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, NH Ranked sixth nationally and first in New England, the Merrimack men's lacrosse team clinched no worse than second place in the Northeast-10 with a 15-6 victory over Southern New Hampshire Tuesday night.

The Northeast-10 Freshman of the Week and conference's leading scorer Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) opened the scoring with his 39th of the season 4:15 into the game, assisted by Brad McAdam (Neshanic Station, NJ).

The visitors wrapped up the first half with goals from Nick Vazquez (Haverhill, MA), Mark Webber (Mansfield, MA), and two from McAdam to take a 7-1 halftime lead. Merrimack forced 11 first-half turnovers, as McAdam and Lunney each had multi-point performances in the first 30 minutes.

Greg Fallon (North Kingstown, RI) and Michael Balbuena (Falmouth, MA) added early markers in the first 3:49 of the third, extending the lead to 9-1 and completing a rally of six unanswered goals.

The Penmen would score three of the next five goals, but fourth-quarter tallies from Vazquez, Lunney, Bryan MacPhie (Scarborough, ME) and the first-ever goal for Ryan Hunt (Scarborough, ME) squelched any possible Southern New Hampshire comeback.

Lunney finished with three goals and five points in the win, giving him 43 points on the season. McAdam added three goals and an assist, while Balbuena, Webber, MacPhie, and Vazquez added a pair of points each.

Cory Spinale (Wakefield, MA) picked up his 10th victory of the year with seven stops, while Connor Reagan (East Lyme, CT) made a career-best nine fourth-quarter stops as the Penmen fired away on the freshman.

With the victory, Merrimack will finish no worse than second place in the Northeast-10 for the second straight season. They will receive a first-round bye in the conference tournament and will host a semifinal game on May 7 with the championship slated for May 9.

On Monday, the Warriors moved up three spots in the USILA National Poll to the sixth spot, their highest ranking since the first week of the season. Merrimack also overtook Bentley for the top spot in the New England poll on Monday.

Merrimack (10-2, 8-1 NE-10) is off this weekend and will host #8 New York Tech on April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the final regular season home game.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. Corey Lunney led a balanced Merrimack College attack with three goals and two assists as the sixth-ranked Warriors defeated Southern New Hampshire University 15-6 in Northeast-10 men's lacrosse Tuesday night at Larkin Field. Merrimack, which won its third straight, improves to 10-2 and 8-1 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are 4-8 and 2-6 in the league.

Five different players finished with multiple goals for Merrimack. Brad McAdam registered three goals and an assist, while Bryan MacPhie, Nick Vazquez and Michael Balbuena each notched a pair of goals. Mark Webber added a goal and an assist while Greg Fallon and Ryan Hunt each recorded single tallies.

Southern New Hampshire was led by Andrew Brown (Marshfield, Mass.) who had five of the six Penmen goals. Keith Merluzzo (Billerica, Mass.) finished with a goal and two assists while Terrence Nash (Oceanside, N.Y.) added two assists.

Lunney scored the only goal of the first quarter to give Merrimack a 1-0 lead. The guests scored the first two goals of the second quarter before Brown got SNHU on the board 6:10 before halftime. The Warriors would score four times in the final 4:43 of the first half, and McAdam's goal with 13 seconds left made it 7-1 at halftime.

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2010-04-20



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