SYRACUSE, NY – The Merrimack men's lacrosse team will go for its second Northeast-10 Conference Championship in the last four years as it heads to Syracuse to play the top-seeded Le Moyne Dolphins. This is the third time in the last four years the two teams have met in the Conference Championship game with each team winning one.
The game will be webcast live at northeast10.tv for free.
The Warriors defeated the Adelphi Panthers on Friday afternoon by the score of 13-12 to advance to the Championship game for the fourth straight season.
The Warriors dominated the Panthers early on Friday, scoring the first two goals of the game. The Panthers however responded quickly to take the 5-4 lead halfway through the second period. Mike Perdie (Wading River, NY) closed out the half with two goals and Greg Melaugh (Billerica, Mass.) chipped in one goal to give the Warriors the 7-5 lead heading to halftime.
The Warriors used a 4-0 scoring run to open up the fourth period to hold on for the victory over Adelphi, for the second time on the season at home. Corey Lunney (Little Silver, NJ), conference's leading goal scorer, finished off his impressive game with three goals and three assists while Melaugh racked up three goals on six shots. Perdie finished with two goals and an assist while Jordan Tiger (Ridgefield, CT) closed out his game with a goal and an assist. Nick Maggio (Winchester, Mass.) continued his solid play in the face off category winning 16 of 28 draws and chipping in with his first goal of the season on a great individual play.
Merrimack fell to Le Moyne 8-6 on April 7, as Jeff White made five stops in net. The six goal output was the Warriors lowest total all season long. A key factor in the loss was an injury to conference Player of the Year, Melaugh, in the first period. He did not return to the game and the Warriors offense didn't look the same.
The Warriors will need to finish off the game as in the April 7 meeting the Warriors were held without a goal in the final period after entering tied at six.
Le Moyne defeated Saint Michael's 8-4 in the NE-10 Semifinals on Friday in Syracuse, as Tyler Sennett recorded three goals for the Dolphins.