No. 5 Merrimack Uses Stingy Defense to Stun No. 1 Le Moyne

The Warriors defense stayed tough down the stretch and the Warriors preserved their first home win of the season over the #1 team in the country. For the game, Le Moyne outshot the Warriors 50-32 but the Warriors held the 21-14 advantage in the second half of play. Merrimack finished going 17 for 18 on their clearing attempts while the Dolphins struggled going 11 for 18. Merrimack finished 2 for 5 in their man up chances while the Dolphins were held to 2 for 9 in their opportunities.

Defensively, Merrimack was led by Waiter who finished the game with four ground balls and a caused turnover while junior Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.) finished off his nice afternoon with three ground balls and one caused turnover. In net, Reagan made a career-high 24 saves and also scooped up a team-high five ground balls while Patrick Coskren (Norwood, Mass.) finished his game going 5 for 11 in the faceoff circle against the best faceoff specialist in the country.

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North Andover, Mass. Senior goalkeeper Connor Reagan made 24 saves, including 17 in the first half, as fifth-ranked Merrimack upset top-ranked Le Moyne, 5-3, on Tuesday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field in Northeast-10 Conference action.

The loss snaps Le Moyne's 59-game Northeast-10 Conference win streak and its 33-game regular season win streak. The Dolphins last suffered a defeat in conference action on March 31, 2007, a 7-6 setback at Merrimack, which came seven days after Le Moyne had its Division II-record 70-game NE-10 win streak ended by Bryant.

Over their last 133 conference games, the Dolphins are now 130-3. Today's loss also marks the first regular season setback since an 11-9 loss against Limestone College on March 6, 2011, which ended a 47-game regular season win streak dating back to the 2007 Merrimack contest.

Le Moyne, which scored its fewest goals since an 8-3 loss at Merrimack during the 1999 season, a span of 224 games, scored the only two goals in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Joe Corapi (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) started the scoring with his 10th tally of the year at the 11:19 mark of the first quarter after a Merrimack turnover.

Following a Merrimack unnecessary roughness penalty, the Dolphins doubled their lead with 3:37 remaining in the opening quarter as senior attackman Nate Frechette (Manlius, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) netted his 15th goal of the campaign off a feed from junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn).

After a scoreless second quarter, during which Reagan made 10 saves as the Dolphins had a 14-8 advantage in shots, the Warriors took advantage of a Le Moyne penalty to get on the scoreboard in the opening 30 seconds of the third quarter. In an extra-man situation to start the third quarter after a Le Moyne slashing penalty to end the second quarter, preseason player of the year Corey Lunney found the back of the net at the 14:31 mark off a pass from reigning Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year Greg Melaugh.

Following 12 minutes of scoreless play, during which Merrimack held an 8-2 shot advantage, Lunney tied the score at two apiece off a feed from Mike Perdie with 2:17 left in the quarter.

After Reagan recorded his 20th save of the game, the Warriors took the lead with a transition goal from Melaugh with 54 seconds remaining in the stanza off a long pass from defender Brandon Waiter.

Merrimack, which has defeated the Dolphins each of the last three times Le Moyne has been the top-ranked team in the nation (May 9, 2010 and May 6, 2011 were the others), took its first two-goal lead with 5:31 remaining in the game. After the Dolphins were whistled for pushing, Jamie Shand found the back of the net off a feed from Perdie.

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