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

Le Moyne countered with a pair of goals 2:02 apart to take a 10-9 lead. Bumpus won the faceoff after Guilbert's goal and raced into the offensive zone before finding Chadderdon on the right side of the box for his 24th goal of the campaign. Just before a two-minute high-hit penalty on the Warriors was to expire, Chadderdon sent a pass from the right side to Kelly cutting in front of the crease for his 41st goal of the season with 4:13 to play.

Merrimack scored the final two goals of the contest to pull the semifinal upset for the second time in the last four years. Following a save by junior goalkeeper Pat Brothers (Burlington, Mass./Malden Catholic) on a shot by Perdie, Guilbert knotted the score at 10 apiece with 2:16 remaining.

Bumpus won the ensuing faceoff and the Dolphins called timeout with 2:06 left, but the Dolphins committed a crease violation with 39 seconds left. Merrimack cleared the ball and called timeout with 18 seconds left. Out of the timeout, Schwarz started with the ball at the top right corner of the box before sending a pass towards midfield to Perdie. After moving around outside the top of the box, Perdie found Schwarz on the left side of the box, where he fired in a 12-yard shot for his 24th goal of the season with 5.7 seconds left.

Bumpus won the ensuing faceoff, but the Dolphins were unable to get a shot off before time expired.

Brothers made nine saves in suffering his second loss of the season. Bumpus won 21 of the game's 25 faceoffs and scooped up 18 ground balls. The 21 faceoff victories and the 18 ground balls both establish new program records for a single game and are both the most in the NE-10 this season. Bumpus held the previous ground ball mark of 15, set against Assumption on April 21, 2012, while Corey Bulken '11 had 19 faceoff wins against Saint Michael's on April 9, 2011. With his 15th ground ball of the game, Bumpus eclipsed the single-season program record of 114 ground balls, which he set last year.

Madonna, a member of the NE-10 All-Rookie Team, made 14 saves, the second-highest total of his career, to earn his 10th victory of the season between the pipes.

Le Moyne (13-2), which has suffered its last three Northeast-10 Conference Championships losses to the Warriors (2010 finals, 2011 semifinals, 2014 semifinals), now awaits word on where it will be seeded in the NCAA Championships. The Dolphins were ranked second in this week's NCAA North Region rankings. The eight-team field will be announced on Sunday night on NCAA.com.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. With the scored tied at 10 with 30 seconds to play, the eighth-ranked Merrimack lacrosse team marched into the Le Moyne end and set up a play that ended with freshman attackman Tucker Schwarz (Tallahassee, Fla.) finding the back of the net, sending the third-seeded Warriors to the Northeast-10 championship thanks to an 11-10 road win against the second-seeded and top-ranked Dolphins in the league's semifinal round on Friday afternoon.

Making their 15th appearance in the NE-10 Semifinals, the Warriors found themselves down by three in the early goings before cutting the deficit to two on a goal with 30 seconds left in the first quarter. The second frame, however, saw Merrimack gather its legs and outscore the hosts by a 3-1 margin to send the game into the half all even at 4-4.

That would set the stage for a wild second half, as each team responded time and time again as neither side's lead grew larger than two goals.

After both squads tallied three goals in the third, Le Moyne would get the lead back on an early strike from Chris Button at the 12:57 mark, but that would only spur back-to-back goals from the visitors, with sophomore Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) netting his third marker of the game at 9:39 while on the man advantage before junior Kyle Guilbert (Walpole, Mass.) put the Warriors ahead by a goal three minutes later.

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