No. 8 Merrimack Outlasts Saint Anselm

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Junior attackman Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) led the hosts with four points, as the eighth-ranked Merrimack lacrosse team returned home for the first time in two weeks and pulled away in the second half, as the Warriors won their fifth straight game, 13-7, over Saint Anselm on Wednesday night at Martone-Mejail Field.

Playing in its first home game since the one-goal victory over ninth-ranked LIU Post that spurred its current wink streak, the Warriors welcomed Saint A's to town in search of its fifth straight victory on Wednesday and were tested plenty through 45 minutes of play before pulling away late.

After Merrimack scored the first three goals of the game in less than a seven-minute span, the Hawks willed themselves out of that three-goal deficit and turned it into a two-goal lead, as Saint A's Ryan Mee caught fire and scored 4 of 5 goals in a span from the midpoint of the first period into the 7:33 mark of the second, as the visitors ripped off five uninterrupted markers to go ahead by two (5-3) midway through the second stanza.

Merrimack would return the favor with three straight goals to close out the half, as Guilbert buried two of his three tallies in dramatic fashion, including a gritty, unassisted goal with 1:23 left in the second quarter to put the hosts ahead by one going into the break.

Both sides' defenses kept each other at bay during the third quarter with the exception of a lone goal by freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) before the Warriors, who led by just two entering the final quarter, went off for six tallies over the final 15 minutes, including three off the stick of junior transfer Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.), as Merrimack outscored the Hawks, 6-2, in the last period to account for the six-goal final margin of victory.


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