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RINDGE, N.H. – Four players recorded hat tricks while nine different Warriors scored at least once, lifting the sixth-ranked Merrimack College men's lacrosse team to a 20-8 victory over Franklin Pierce on Tuesday afternoon at Sodexo Field. The win is the third straight for the Warriors, tying their longest win streak of the season in the process.
Score: Merrimack 20, Franklin Pierce 8
Records: #6 Merrimack (8-2, 6-2 NE10) | Franklin Pierce (3-6, 1-6 NE10)
Location: Sodexo Field | Rindge, N.H.
- After racing out to a 3-0 lead, Merrimack watched as Franklin Pierce netted the next two tallies to make it a one-goal affair (3-2). However, the Warriors would go on to outscore the Ravens by a 7-0 margin over the remainder of the half – with eight of the team's 10 first-half markers coming in the opening frame – to build a 10-2 lead at the midpoint.
- The Warriors added five more to their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Ravens by a 5-3 margin in that stanza, before netting five more in the fourth ledger to close out the contest with their third straight victory.
Highlights and Notables
- Senior Tim Towler (Topsfield, Mass.) and sophomore Seamus Ford (Walpole, Mass.) both led the way with four goals, while Ford set a new career-high with six points (4g, 2a). The two recorded their fourth hat tricks of the season each.
- Freshman Charlie Bertrand (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and junior Bailey Walsh (Derry, N.H.) also recorded hat tricks; it was the eighth such performance of the year for the former, while the latter set a new career-high in scoring with his three-goal afternoon.
- Freshman Tyler Liantonio (Locust Valley, N.Y.) posted his first-ever multi-goal and multi-point game with a career-best three points (2g, 1a), while junior Kyle Stenberg (Annandale, N.J.) and freshman Dom Thomas (Wrentham, Mass.) had identical scoring lines (1g, 1a) and sophomore Michael O'Connell (Sudbury, Mass.) posted a pair of helpers to round out the list of Merrimack multi-point performances.
- Sophomore Jacob Howes (Trumbull, Conn.) and senior Bobby O'Brien (Duxbury, Mass.) also found the back of the net once as well for Merrimack, which tied its single-game scoring high with 20 goals for the second time this season (St. Michael's – March 28).
- All four goalkeepers on the roster saw time in Tuesday's win, with juniors Mitch Green (Manchester, N.H.) and James Biegel (Gorham, Maine) making their first appearances of the year.
Team Leaders (MC // FPU)
- Points: Ford (6) // Jack Carney (2)
- Goals: Ford/Towler (4) // Carney (2)
- Assists: Three players (2) // Two players (1)
- Faceoffs: Blake Boudreau (16-of-19) // Louis Palumbo (6-of-20)
- Ground Balls: Boudreau (9) // Collin Skinner (3)
- Caused Turnovers: James Bassett/Ryan Burke (1) // Skinner (2)
- Saves: Edward Hellier (3-for-5) // Connor Wacksman (15-for-34)
Team Comparisons (MC // FPU)
- EMO: 1-5 // 0-2
- Shot Attempts/SOG: 55/36 // 29/14
- Ground Balls: 36 // 22
- Clears: 13-13 // 14-17
- Turnovers: 8 // 10
Merrimack concludes its three-game road trip with a trip to Springfield, Massachusetts, to battle AIC on Saturday (April 15). Game time is set for 1 p.m.