#6 Merrimack Falls to #4 Le Moyne in NE-10 Semifinals

NORTH ANDOVER, MA Second-seeded Merrimack was downed by third-seeded Le Moyne on Friday night at Martone-Mejail Field by the score of 8-4 n the Northeast-10 semifinals. The loss was the Warriors first home loss in their last 12 games on home turf.

With the loss, Merrimack (11-3, 10-2 NE-10) will need to wait until Sunday night to find out if they will be participating in this season's NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show will be aired live on NCAA.com Sunday night.

The first 30 minutes of the contest decided the game as the Dolphins headed into halftime with the 5-1 after holding the Warriors to no goals on eight shots in the second quarter.

Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ) led the Warriors offensive attack as he recorded two goals and five ground balls. Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) and Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) also found the back of the net and each scooped up four ground balls for the Warriors in the loss. Defensively, Jimmy Holland (Billerica, Mass.) led the Warriors with a season-high five caused turnovers and four ground balls while Patrick Coskren (Norwood, Mass.) finished off his impressive game going 13 for 16 on faceoff's and scooping up a game-high 10 ground balls.

The Dolphins jumped out quick on the Warriors in the first quarter as Andrew Chadderdon beat Connor Reagan (East Lyme, CT) for the first goal of the game just over five minutes into action. The Dolphins wasted no time adding to their lead as they scored two more quick goals, taking the 3-0 lead with 3:19 remaining in the first.

Lunney finally got the Warriors on the board with 1:21 to play in the first as he charged towards the net and beat Jeff White with the high shot. The Lunney marker was his NE-10 leading 44th of the season.

The second quarter started with Mike Jenkins scoring his 12th goal of the season to give the Dolphins the 4-1 advantage. Just over seven minutes later, Le Moyne added to their lead as Nate Frechette found the back of the net to give the Dolphins the 5-1 lead heading into halftime. Merrimack could not beat the Le Moyne goalie in the second quarter as he made four big saves.

The Warriors opened up the scoring in the third quarter as Shand ripped a shot from the right of the goalie, beating White over his right shoulder. Shand's 22nd goal of the season was assisted by Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY).

After what seemed to be a Merrimack goal that was not credited to the Warriors, Le Moyne came down the field and extended their lead to 6-2 with 5:24 to play in the third quarter. Joe Corapi opened up the fourth quarter with his 20th goal of the season to put the game out of reach for the Warriors, trailing 7-2.

Lunney cut the Merrimack deficit to four, 7-3, just over two minutes later as he scored his sixth man up goal of the season after a nice feed from DJ Brown (Huntington, NY). Melaugh recorded his 40th goal of the season a couple minutes later after a assist from Brett Axelson (Cazenovia, NY) led him straight to the cage for the nice goal.

With the 7-4 lead late in the fourth, the Dolphins put the game away with a Kevin Kelly goal after a nice pass from Doug Bailey. The Warriors were not able to score on their final 10 shots of the quarter, falling 8-4 at home.

For the game, Merrimack held the advantage in almost every category as they outshot the Dolphins 45-24 and they led the ground balls category, 54-21. Merrimack was dominant in the faceoff circle once again; winning 13 of 16 attempts and they went 15 for 16 on their clearing attempts.

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