No. 4 Merrimack Dominates Southern New Hampshire

NORTH ANDOVER, MA #4 Merrimack won their eighth straight home game and their sixth overall on Saturday night as they downed the Southern New Hampshire, 15-3. Division II Preseason Player of the Year Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) finished with a season-high six goals in the victory.

Merrimack (6-1, 5-0 NE-10) stays at home for their next game on Tuesday as they play host to conference foe Bentley at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday's contest will be "Youth Lacrosse Night" at the Merrimack lacrosse games.

The Warriors ended the first half with six straight goals to put the Penmen away at halftime by the score of 7-1. Lunney scored four straight goals for the Warriors during the run and finished with five first half goals, a season-high.

Lunney finished off his most dominating game of the season with a season-high six goals and one assist to go along with three ground balls. Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) stayed hot for the Warriors as he finished with three goals and three assists along with four ground balls. Brett Axelson (Cazenovia, NY) scored two goals.

Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) scored one goal and picked up two assists off the bench for the Warriors. Faceoff man, Patrick Coskren (Norwell, Mass.) continued to dominate the draws, winning 13 of 19 faceoff's while scooping up a team-high 12 ground balls in the victory. In net, Connor Reagan (East Lyme, CT) continued his stellar play with 12 saves and only allowing two goals against.

Shand opened up the scoring for the Warriors on the man up opportunity just over two minutes into the first period as he took a perfect feed from Lunney and buried the ball behind Morgan Weirteter. The Penmen answered quickly with a goal of their own to tie the score 1-1 less than two minutes later.

Lunney wasted no time to get his first of the game as he made the score 2-1 less than 25 seconds later. Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) scored his 21st goal of the season with 2:38 to play in the first after a pass from Shand on the man up chance. Lunney added two more quick goals before the end of the first period for the Warriors including a goal with 12 seconds showing on the clock.

Lunney was the lone player to score in the second period as he finished off his run of four straight goals. Lunney's second goal of the period was assisted by Perdie and it came with 4:21 remaining in the first half, giving Merrimack the 7-1 halftime lead.

Perdie opened up the third for the Warriors with a perfect shot from the top of the circle after a pass from DJ Brown (Huntington, NY), his first point of the season. Cameron Joyce scored for the Penmen to stop the Warriors streak of seven straight goals, making the score 8-2 with 6:36 to play in the third period.

The Warriors scored four goals over the final five minutes of the third to take the dominating 12-2 lead after 45 minutes of action. Axelson scored back-to-back goals in less than two minutes as Lunney and Shand added the other two goals.

Just over a minute into the final frame, Paul Jones (Guilderland, NY) scored his sixth goal of the season after a Shand feed. Shand scored six minutes later to give Merrimack the 14-2 lead, as he took a perfect pass from Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.).

After a Southern New Hampshire goal made the score 14-3, the brother combination of Paul Gallagher (Simsbury, CT) and Trevor Gallagher (Simsbury, CT) combined for the final goal of the game. Paul Gallagher took a great feed from his brother Trevor and scored his third goal of the season. The assist for Trevor Gallagher was his third of his career.

For the game, Merrimack outshot their opponents 44-28 while also forcing a season-high 24 Penmen turnovers, including seven in the fourth period. The Warriors were successful on 19 of 21 clearing attempts while also winning 15 of 22 faceoff's.

Defensively, Merrimack was led by junior Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.) who finished the game with a season-high four caused turnovers and three ground balls while Brad Duhaime (Salem, Mass.) scooped up four ground balls and caused one turnover.


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