No. 8 Merrimack Edges AIC to Stay Unbeaten in NE-10

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Led by a career-best four goals from freshman Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.), eighth-ranked Merrimack stayed unbeaten both at home and in Northeast-10 Conference play, as the Warriors edged AIC, 10-7, in a turnover-filled affair on Saturday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field.

Leading a quartet of multi-goal scorers for Merrimack, Allen erupted for his best day yet in a Navy and Gold uniform, burying four markers to help lead the Warriors past a pesky Yellow Jacket squad that was in search of their first win of the game coming in.

Merrimack went largely unchallenged in the first frame, taking a 3-1 advantage into the first intermission, but AIC played well beyond what its record indicated, catching the home side off guard with three quick goals to start the second, as the Yellow Jackets took their only lead of the game (4-3) at 12:49 of the frame.

Allen and senior Paul Gallagher (Simsbury, Conn.) made sure that lead was short-lived, as the former tied the match at 10:44 on his second strike of the contest before the latter buried a huge man-up marker with a minute to play in the half to send the Warriors into the locker room with a 5-4 advantage after 30 minutes.

AIC would not back down, answering that goal with an early strike in the third before Allen again responded just two minutes later to make it a 6-5 contest. The Yellow Jackets would capitalize on a turnover for an easy tying goal at 9:32 of the third, drawing even at 6-all.

Merrimack would have a quick answer, as freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) made it six straight games with a point after scoring his first of two markers at 8:40 of the third before Allen extended Merrimack's lead to two (8-6) with another strike less than a minute later.

AIC would claw to within one at 6:42 of the period, but that would be the last time the visitors would tickle the twine, as Merrimack's defense kept the Yellow Jackets out of the net the rest of the way, while Gallagher and Schwarz each added insurance goals in the early portions of the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

2014-03-22



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