No. 8 Merrimack Scores at 0:06 to Knock off No. 1 Le Moyne

Syracuse, N.Y. Tucker Schwarz scored the game-winning goal with just 5.7 seconds left to give eighth-ranked and third-seeded Merrimack an 11-10 win over the top-ranked and second-seeded Le Moyne lacrosse team on Friday afternoon in the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals at Ted Grant Field.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the opening eight and one-half minutes. Senior first team all-conference midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) started the game's scoring with an unassisted goal from 10 yards out with 13:01 remaining in the first quarter.

Following a turnover by the Warriors, Chadderdon had a shot saved by Merrimack goalkeeper Dom Madonna, but sophomore second team all-conference attackman Mike Jenkins (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) was able to swat the loose ball into the back of the net at the 8:59 mark. Jenkins gave the Dolphins a 3-0 advantage in an extra-man situation with 6:27 left in the quarter.

Merrimack got on the scoreboard with 32 seconds left in the quarter on an unassisted marker from eight yards out by Ryan Poirier.

The Warriors trimmed their deficit to one with 9:13 remaining in the second quarter on an unassisted goal from the right edge of the crease by Kyle Guilbert, his 10th of the season.

Le Moyne ended its scoreless span of almost 15 minutes off a Merrimack turnover on a clearing attempt. As Andy Basler tried passing the ball back to Madonna, Jenkins checked his stick, which caused the ball to fly into the back of the net with 6:44 remaining.

The Warriors scored the final two goals of the half to head into the intermission tied at four. Paul Jones netted his 14th goal of the season with 4:20 remaining after taking a pass from first team all-conference midfielder Mike Perdie. Following a Le Moyne turnover with just over one minute left in the half, Tim Towler evened the score with 7.3 seconds left from 10 yards out on the left side off a feed from Jamie Shand.

The Dolphins got the scoring started in the third quarter with a pair of goals in a span of six seconds less than two minutes into the stanza. Chadderdon gave the lead back to Le Moyne at the 13:22 mark with a dodge down the right goal line extended. After winning the ensuing faceoff, senior second team all-conference midfielder Kam Bumpus (Marshfield, Mass./Needham/Bridgton Academy) raced up field before sending a pass to junior first team all-conference attackman Kevin Kelly (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), who flipped a pass to Jenkins on the right edge of the crease for his 27th goal of the year.

Merrimack answered back with three goals over a span of just over six minutes to take its first lead of the game. Towler started the streak with an unassisted goal only 48 seconds after Jenkins scored. After having his initial shot saved, Jones scooped up the loose ball and tossed it into the net to tie the score at six with 10:39 remaining. Following an illegal body check on the Dolphins, Schwarz scored in the extra-man situation with 6:20 left after taking a pass from Towler.

The Dolphins regained the lead with a pair of goals around the change in quarters. Following a one-minute possession, Bumpus tallied his 19th goal of the season from six yards out with 4:18 left in the third. Just over three minutes into the fourth, senior attackman Chris Button (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) gave the Dolphins the lead with a behind-the-back shot from 10 yards out after taking a feed from behind the net by Kelly.

The Warriors took the lead back with two goals over a span of 3:05. After an illegal body check by the Dolphins, Towler scored from the front edge of the crease in the man-up opportunity after receiving a feed from behind the cage from Jones with 9:39 to play. Following a Le Moyne turnover, Guilbert scored from the right edge of the crease with 6:34 remaining off a pass from the left side by Schwarz.

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