No. 3 Merrimack Outguns AIC on Senior Day

NORTH ANDOVER, MA No. 3 Merrimack defeated American International by the score of 18-8 in front of the home fans on Senior Day at Martone-Mejail Field. The Warriors were led offensively by freshman Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) who finished the game with a career-high six goals.

Ten Warriors recorded at least one goal during the game. Leading scorer Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) continued his solid offensive play with three goals. Terence Barclay (Babylon, NY) buried two goals for the Warriors while Paul Jones (Guiderland, NY) finished with three assists and Paul Gallagher (Simsbury, CT) finished with two assists.

Merrimack opened up the scoring less than two minutes in as Jordan Tiger (Ridgefield, CT) found the back of the net after a pretty pass from fellow senior Greg Manning (Hingham, Mass.). The Warriors extended their lead to four as Guilbert found the back of the net twice and Barclay connected on a goal of his own.

American International made the score 4-1 with 5:58 remaining in the opening period as Bryce Serriello found the back of the net. Manning responded for the Warriors with a goal of his own, firing a shot from the left of the goalie to make the score 5-1 after a nice feed from Matt Marini (Trumbull, CT).

Two more goals by Guilbert and a goal by Lunney extended the Warriors lead to 8-1 early on in the second period before Serriello found the back of the net for his second of the day for the yellow Jackets. DJ Brown (Huntington, NY) scored to make the score 9-2 with 7:28 remaining in the opening half.

Two man-up goals by Lunney and a goal by Guilbert gave the Warriors the 12-3 advantage at halftime. Both of Lunney's goals were assisted by Gallagher and Guilbert's tally was assisted by junior Brad Duhaime (Salem, Mass.).

Merrimack dominated the first half statistically as they outshot the Yellow Jackets 28-10 and they won 13-16 faceoff attempts. The Warriors were almost perfect on clearing attempts in the opening half going 7-8 overall.

AIC opened up the second half with two straight goals before sophomore Ryan Johnson (Suffield, CT) scored his first goal of the season with 1:28 remaining in the third period. Guilbert would bury his sixth goal of the game with 22 seconds remaining in the third period and Greg Fallon (North Kingstown, RI) found the back of the net in the beginning of the fourth period to cap off a 3-0 scoring run for Merrimack.

With 6:17 remaining in the game, freshman Archie Sullivan (West Hartford, CT) would beat the AIC goalie for his first collegiate goal. Barclay and Carlton Allen (Portland, ME) would score the final two goals of the game to preserve the Warriors 18-8 victory. The Allen tally was his first collegiate goal.

Senior faceoff specialist Nick Maggio (Winchester, Mass.) continued to dominate the faceoff circle as he went 12-16 and scooped up a team-high eight groundballs for the Warriors. Maggio is the active career leader over all three collegiate divisions in faceoff attempts and wins and is ranked second in groundballs.

All-American Peter Schielke (Ridgefield, CT) continued his steady play defensively for the Warriors causing two turnovers and scooping up one groundball on his senior day. Steven Frey (Madison, CT) played well in his first start of the season scooping up three groundballs for Merrimack. Patrick Coskren (Norwood, Mass.) and Sullivan both did a good job in the faceoff circle for the Warriors going a combined 9-11 on the afternoon and grabbing nine total groundballs.

Merrimack finished the game holding the 50-22 advantage in shots and forced 25 American International turnovers. For the game, the Warriors won 23 of 29 faceoff attempts, went 16-17 on clearing attempts and were a perfect 2-2 on man-up chances.

Merrimack (8-2) will stay at home on Tuesday April 17 for a conference clash with #9 St. Anselm at 7:00 pm.


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