No. 8 Merrimack Starts Fast, Runs by Franklin Pierce

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Eighth-ranked Merrimack limited visiting Franklin Pierce to just a pair of goals in the first 15 minutes while posting 12 of its own in the opening half, as the Warriors dominated their way to a 2-0 start to the season with a 13-2 victory in Northeast-10 Conference action on Tuesday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field.

Three days after cruising by Saint Rose in its season opener, Merrimack looked just as sharp in its second test of the season on Tuesday, outscoring the Ravens by a 12-2 margin in the first 30 minutes of play before both sides let the clock run for most of the second half.

Despite the gaudy offensive numbers, the stars of the show were on the defensive end of the turf on Tuesday, as the Warrior backline limited Franklin Pierce to 12 shots on target and kept the Ravens scoreless on four extra-man opportunities.

Junior captain Brandon Waiter (Westport, Conn.) led all players with three caused turnovers as Merrimack finished the day with 10 total in that department, as the Ravens coughed up the ball 16 times overall.

In net, junior Morgan Green (Portsmouth, R.I.) notched five saves in the first half before freshman Dom Madonna (Liverpool, N.Y.) pitched a shutout over 23:29 of the second half before giving way to senior Sean Payne (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) for the final six-plus minutes.

On offense, three different Warriors tallied multi-goal efforts led by junior Jamie Shand (Massapequa, N.Y.), who got on the board three times over the course of the day. Rookie Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) enjoyed his best day of his young career, registering five points (2g, 3a) to lead all scorers, while senior Mike Perdie (Wading River, N.Y.) added two goals of his own. Senior Paul Jones (Guilderland, N.Y.) dished four assists, while a pair of defenders sophomore Scott Corcoran (Haverhill, Mass.) and senior Steve Souza (Wilmington, Mass.) added a goal apiece from the backline.

Other scorers included junior Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.), sophomore Andrew Walsh (Derry, N.H.) and freshmen Jack Trask (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.)

For the second straight game, Merrimack controlled virtually every category at stake, including a 46-29 advantage in shot attempts, with 30 on net

Merrimack went 11 for 18 in faceoffs, highlighted Walsh going 9 for 11 on the X

Merrimack also finished 3 for 5 in man-up situations and was successful on 21 of 22 clears

The Warriors held a 36-24 edge in ground balls and only committed seven turnovers

The Warriors turn their sights to one of the more anticipated match-ups of the year this Sunday (March 9), when they travel to Towson, Md., to face off against fifth-ranked Limestone at Loyola Blakefield High School. First whistle is set for 12:00 p.m.


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