No. 4 Adelphi Upends No. 3 Merrimack in One-Goal Win

GARDEN CITY, NY #3 Merrimack was handed its second loss of the season on Saturday afternoon on the road at #4 Adelphi by the score of 11-10. The loss halts the Warriors nine-game winning streak following a season opening loss against #2 Limestone.

Merrimack (9-2, 8-1 NE-10) returns to action on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. as they will travel to conference leading Saint Michael's.

The fourth quarter was the deciding factor in the loss for the Warriors as the Panthers were able to outscore Merrimack 4-1 in the final 15 minutes after entering the quarter trailing 9-7. The Warriors cut the deficit to one, 11-10, with 1:35 remaining in the contest as Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) connected on his 20th goal of the season. The ensuing faceoff was secured by the Warriors but they were not able to net the tying goal as the Panthers were able to hold onto the top-5 showdown victory.

Four Warriors recorded two goals on Saturday afternoon in the Warriors loss including leading scorer, Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) who recorded a team-high four points, two goals and two assists. Shand continued his hot play of late with two goals and an assist while Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) and Ryan Poirier (Warwick, RI) each netted two goals. Defensively, Brandon Waiter (Westport, CT) led all Warriors with three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Waiter also won the final faceoff of the game to give the Warriors a chance to send the game to overtime.

After the Panthers opened the scoring just over two minutes into the contest, the Warriors responded quickly by taking over the first quarter with three straight goals. Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) opened up the scoring for Merrimack after a nice pass from Shand and four minutes later Shand found the back of the net with the assist going to Lunney. Guilbert closed out the first quarter scoring for Merrimack with his eighth goal of the season after a nice feed from DJ Brown (Huntington, NY).

Adelphi opened up the second quarter fast as they scored back-to-back goals to make the score 3-3 with 10:41 to play in the opening half. Poirier wasted no time gaining the lead back for the Warriors as he buried his fifth goal of the season just over a minute after the Panthers tied the game.

The Panthers tied the score at four later on as Vinny Coiro scored his second goal of the game but Merrimack again took the lead, 5-4, as Guilbert scored his second of the half. Adelphi scored with 1:34 to play in the half to send the teams to the locker rooms all square, 5-5.

Poirier gained the lead back for the Warriors, 6-5, just over two minutes into the third quarter but the panthers quickly countered with two goals to take the 7-6 lead with 4:23 to play in the third.

The highest scoring duo in the country decided to take the game into their own hands at the end of the third as Lunney buried back-to-back goals including a man up goal and Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) scored his 29th goal of the season. The assists on Lunney's tallies went to Brown and Patrick Coskren (Norwood, Mass.) respectively.

Entering the fourth quarter with the two goal lead, 9-7, the Warriors could not hold on and stay perfect in league action as the Panthers scored four straight goals to take the 11-9 lead. Shand gave the Warriors hope as he scored with 1:35 to play but following a faceoff victory, Merrimack was unable to score the tying goal.

For the game, Merrimack was outshot 42-30 while the Panthers also held the advantage in ground balls, 45-25. The man up offense of the Warriors continued to perform well as they finished the game going 2 for 4 in their opportunities while Merrimack was only successful on 13 of 19 of their clearing attempts.

Coskren finished off his afternoon going 8 for 23 on his faceoff attempts and he scooped up four ground balls while Towler also added a team-high four ground balls and a goal.

2013-04-20



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