No. 8 Merrimack Powers to Opening Win over Saint Rose

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Fueled by a balanced offensive attack that saw eight different players register a goal and a dominant effort in the faceoff X by sophomore Andrew Walsh (Derry, N.H.), the eighth-ranked Merrimack lacrosse team powered its way to a victory in its home and season opener, as the Warriors picked up an 11-3 victory against Saint Rose in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday at Martone-Mejail Field.

After averaging just over 12 goals per game as a unit last season, the Warrior offense started slow with just four goals in the first 30 minutes but exploded in the second half, outscoring the visitors by a 7-2 margin in the final two quarters to start off the season on a high note.

With Walsh dominating the battle on the X, Merrimack maintained plenty of the momentum throughout the contest, as the sophomore faceoff specialist finished 11 for 14 on the afternoon.

The Warriors needed just 25 seconds to find the back of the net on a season-opening tally from sophomore Ryan Poirier (Warwick, R.I.) before Saint Rose evened things up at 8:35 of the first. Merrimack went into the first intermission with a one-goal edge after a strike from junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.) with 5:27 to go in the first

Freshmen Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) added two more to the Warrior lead in the second, as both tallied their first collegiate goals in the process, with the latter's coming with only three seconds to go in the half.

Ahead by three, Merrimack and Saint Rose exchanged strikes in the first half of the third period before Merrimack tallied the last two of the quarter, taking a 7-2 edge into the final frame.

Saint Rose would get to within four (7-3) after a goal at the 8:11 mark of the fourth quarter, but that would only spark a run of four uncontested Merrimack markers to close out the game.

In net, junior Morgan Green (Portsmouth, R.I.) posted two saves in the first half and picked up the victory, while freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) added two more stops in the second half. Saint Rose's Joe Shapiro finished with eight stops for the visitors.

Four Warriors registered their first goals in a Merrimack uniform: Schwarz (2), Allen (2) junior transfer Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.), and freshman Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) all buried either their first collegiate goals or first goals with the program on Saturday.


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