No. 6 Merrimack Downs Assumption in Playoff Tune-up

WORCESTER, MA The sixth-ranked Merrimack men's lacrosse team defeated Assumption College 12-6 Saturday afternoon and will enter the Northeast-10 Tournament as the second seed for the second straight year.

Merrimack (11-3, 9-1 NE-10) will receive a bye in the Northeast-10 Quarterfinals and will host the winner of #3 Bentley/#6 Saint Anselm on Friday (time TBA) at Warrior Field. The winners of the semis will square off in the championship on Sunday at the highest remaining seed. Quarterfinal games are scheduled for Tuesday.

Eight different Warriors netted goals in the win, including a game-high three from Nick Vazquez (Haverhill, MA).

The visitors put the game away early, leading 7-1 after just 8:50, behind three from Vazquez, two from Greg Fallon (North Kingstown, RI), and single goals from Bryan MacPhie (Scarborough, ME) and Nick Maggio (Winchester, MA). Freshmen Matthew Dellaquila (Mattituck, NY) and Ryan Hunt (Scarborough, ME) also chipped in with goals, while Eric Peterson (Franklin, MA) picked up his first career assist.

"I liked the way we came out today especially after Wednesday's loss," said head coach Mike Morgan. "Hopefully, this will give us some momentum heading into the playoffs in front of what should be a big crowd on Friday."

Cory Spinale (Wakefield, MA) made four saves in 23 minutes in net, before giving way to Connor Reagan (East Lyme, CT) who had five stops.

Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) and Mark Webber (Mansfield, MA) each had two assists, while Maggio won 12 of 16 draws, and Patrick Coskren (Norwood, MA) won all six of his faceoffs.

2010-05-01



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