Q4 Rally Falls Short as No. 8 Merrimack Falls to No. 1 Adelphi

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. Trailing by six in the second quarter, the eighth-ranked Merrimack lacrosse team clawed back and pulled to within a goal with five minutes left, but top-ranked and unbeaten Adelphi held on to hand the Warriors their first home loss, a 12-10 setback on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.

After Merrimack honored its 10-member senior class with a special Senior Day ceremony prior to first whistle, Adelphi stormed out of the gate with five of the game's first six goals, outscoring the Warriors by a 5-1 margin over the first 15 minutes before adding three more in the second quarter to take an 8-3 lead into the intermission.

Merrimack, however, set the tone early in the second half with back-to-back goals by seniors Paul Jones (Guilerland, N.Y.) and Mike Perdie (Wading River, N.Y.) to get the Warriors to within three before Adelphi added a late third-quarter goal to head into the final period with a 9-5 advantage.

That was when the hosts began their rally, starting with back-to-back goals from freshman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) and junior Andrew Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.) just 55 seconds apart to make it a 9-7 game before Adelphi responded with an unassisted tally to push the lead back to three.

Then, while on a man advantage, sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) got the Warriors back to within two before classmate Ryan Poirier (Warwick, R.I.), who was playing in his first game in nearly a month due to injury, made it a one-goal game with 6:24 remaining.

Adelphi benefitted from a turnover in the Merrimack defensive end to get a key goal with 5:58 remaining, but Vivian brought the home crowd to life with his third marker of the game with 5:25 to go to once again make it a one-goal margin.

That, however, was the closet Merrimack would get, as Adelphi turned away the Warriors' last few chances before getting a key insurance goal with 1:19 left before running out the clock.


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