No. 3 Limestone Defeats No. 4 Merrimack in Maryland Game

SEVERN, MD The #4 Merrimack men's lacrosse team was defeated on Saturday afternoon by the #3 Limestone Saints by the score of 13-10.

"We came out sloppy between the lines and you just can't give a team 30 extra possessions between faceoffs and failed clear attempts and expect to win," said head coach Mike Morgan. "There were plenty of good things today but a few minor things that we must have urgency to fix. We had great effort which is something we will look to build on moving forward."

The Warriors offense was led by senior Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) who finished the game with a team-high four goals on nine shots while scooping up four ground balls. Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) racked up three goals and one assist on eight shots to go along with three ground balls.

Senior Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) scored one goal and recorded a team-high two assists while Brandon Waiter (Westport, CT) led the Warriors with six ground balls and three caused turnovers to go along with an assist. The Warriors and Saints entered the fourth quarter with the score tied at eight after Merrimack outscored Limestone 4-2 in the second quarter. The Saints however, outscored the Warriors 5-2 in the final quarter win the top-five match-up.

The Warriors opened up the scoring early in the first quarter as Perdie buried his first goal of the season after a nice pass from Lunney. The Saint however, finished the first on a 3-0 run to take the advantage as they outshot the Warriors 14-2 through the first 15 minutes.

Lunney opened up the second quarter for the Warriors with three straight even strength goals to get Merrimack back into the game and Melaugh scored a man-up goal with 51 seconds remaining in the half to make the score 5-5 at halftime. Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) picked up the assists on Melaugh's first tally.

The two teams traded three goals in the third quarter as Melaugh scored twice and Shand found the back of the net once for the Warriors, making the score 8-8 entering the final 15 minutes of the game.

Just 11 seconds into the final quarter, Paul Gallagher (Simsbury, CT) scored his first goal of the season to give the Warriors the 9-8 lead after a nice assist from Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.), his first career point. The Saints responded quickly to take over the game as they scored five goals over the span of three minutes to take the 13-9 lead. Melaugh scored with 2:24 to play in the game but it was not enough as the Warriors fell 13-10 in their season opener.

Limestone held the 38-34 advantage in shots after outshooting Merrimack 14-2 in the opening quarter. The Saints dominated the faceoff circle by winning 22 of 27 faceoff's for the game and also scooped up 52 ground balls while the Warriors only scooped up 31.

Senior goalie Connor Reagan (East Lyme, CT) finished the game with 14 saves in the loss while Christian Dzwilews finished with 11 saves in the win. Senior Bryan Pollack (Shelton, CT) finished with two caused turnovers and one ground ball while Steve Souza (Wilmington, Mass.) finished with two caused turnovers of his own.


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