Merrimack, which finished 11-3 overall and 10-1 in conference play, rounded out the magazine’s Top-10 as the 10th best squad in Division 2.
The Warriors, who saw their season conclude in the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals last May to Le Moyne, will begin their 2014 campaign on Saturday, March 1 when they host Saint Rose for a 1 p.m. face-off. Merrimack will have a chance to avenge their conference tournament setback to the Dolphins on Tuesday, March 25 when they travel to New York for a 4 p.m. contest. Lacrosse Magazine ranked Le Moyne the second best squad in the division.
Merrimack will return a majority of its players from last year. However, they did graduate 10 players, including Greg Melaugh and Corey Lunney, two players that combined for 109 points (85 goals, 24 assists).
Jamie Shand, a junior attack, ranked third on the team in points (47) last season, but did register 22 goals and a team-best 25 assists.
It was a busy, but important Saturday for a lot of local teams that’re trying to secure spots for the upcoming conference tournaments and below is our roundup.
Harvard 8, No. 14 Penn 7 (OT) – Murphy Vandervelde netted the game-winner 1:18 into overtime on a man-up to provide the Crimson their second consecutive win of the week. Vandervelde led all scorers with a hat trick, while Devin Dwyer finished with four points (one goals, three assists). With the win, Harvard improves to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in Ivy League play.
No. 4 Merrimack 13, Pace 6 –Corey Lunney finished the contest with seven points (four goals, three assists) as the Warriors cruised to their eighth consecutive victory. Lunney’s seven points matches his effort from last weekend against Souther New Hampshire.
No. 4 Tufts 12, Amherst 8 – Beau Wood jumpstarted a 7-0 run at 6:44 in the first, which provided the Jumbos with the lead for good as Tufts topped Amherst and improved to 11-1 against the Lord Jeffs over the last 10 years. First-year Garrett Clarke netted his first collegiate strike at 11:50 in the fourth.
Endicott 15, Roger Williams 9 – Trailing the visiting Hawks, 7-6, at the break, the Gulls rallied to outscore the visitors, 9-2, during the final 30 minutes to secure their 10th win of the season. Harrison Cotter registered a team-best three tallies, while Jonathan Morgan and Chris Murphy each netted two goals.
UMass Boston 8, UMass Dartmouth 7 (OT) – Ryan McGoff scored seven seconds into the extra session as the Beacons defeated the Corsairs and earned their first Little East Conference win. Dom Fichera paced UMass Boston with five tallies, while UMass Dartmouth’s Adam Niden finished with a hat trick.
No. 16 Princeton 11, Harvard 9 – Micaela Cyr registered a hat trick and one helper, but that wasn’t enough to lift the Crimson past the Tigers.
No. 1 LIU Post 15, No. 11 Stonehill 12 – The defending NCAA Division II champions fended off a second half rally by the Skyhawks to claim their 10th win of the season. Heather Sullivan recorded five goals in the setback, while Ashley Armstrong deflected 12 shots between the pipes.
Wheaton 10, Mount Holyoke 9 – Brooke Sabol recorded a season-best four goals, while Charlotte De Santis and Melanie Sharick each netted hat tricks as the Lyons earned their fifth conference win of the season.
No. 10 Amherst 6, No. 17 Tufts 5 – Marta Randall scored the game-winning strike with 13 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Lord Jeffs to victory. Caroline Ross led the Jumbos with two tallies.
Western New England 19, University of New England 18 – Taylor Scialdone registered a game-best nine points (six goals, three assists) as the Golden Bears edged the Nor’Easters in Springfield.
Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse game against Merrimack College:
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Merrimack sophomore attack Jamie Shand scored four goals to lead the No. 4 Warriors to a 14-3 victory over the Bentley University men’s lacrosse team Tuesday night.
Merrimack, now 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the Northeast-10 on the season, also received multiple goals from senior Greg Melaugh and senior Corey Lunney. Senior Tim Matheson (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) had two goals for Bentley.
Merrimack raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter, before Bentley’s Steve Caditz (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) pulled one back with eight seconds left in the quarter.
The home side scored the only two goals of the second quarter to lead 6-1 at halftime, and the first two of the third quarter, before Matheson netted his first of the night to make the score 8-2. But Merrimack scored six straight before Matheson finished out the scoring with a man-up goal with 1:45 remaining in the fourth.
The Falcons, who drop to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in conference play, return to the field on Saturday at Assumption.
This week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll was released yesterday and a few local teams earned spots in the Division II and III polls.
* Merrimack College (6-1, 5-0 NE-10) – For the second week in a row, the Warriors remain the fourth best team in Division II. They haven’t lost since their season opener against Limestone and will be on the field this evening when they host Bentley University for a 7 p.m. face-off. Corey Lunney continues to lead the Blue and Gold with 32 points (26 goals, six assists), while Greg Melaugh has registered 25 points (21 goals, four assists).
* Tufts University (8-2, 4-2 NESCAC) – The Jumbos winning streak extended to eight on Sunday as they defeated Middlebury College in Medford. Their slate doesn’t get easier as they’ll travel to Endicott College this evening for a big non-conference match. The Jumbos defeated the Gulls last year, 11-5. Cole Bailey was named the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week on Monday and currently leads the Powder Blue and White with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists).
It’s the first day of April, which means we’ve officially past the midway point of the lacrosse season, so let’s take a trip down memory lane and catch up on some of the news and notes from the current season, as well as this past weekend.
* First, congratulations to Cori Murray, who recorded her 100th point in an UMass uniform on Saturday against La Salle. Murray recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in her team’s 20-11 victory, while teammate Lauren Terracciano registered five strikes. UMass started the season with a 16-4 setback to Northwestern, but has won nine of their last 10 contests.
* Boston University’s women’s lacrosse team is coming off a dramatic win against Harvard on Friday evening as the Terriers netted a free possession strike with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win. Their next game is in two days, as the Terriers will host Albany for a critical conference match at 4 p.m. BU dropped their first America East game two weeks ago to UMBC in overtime, but defeated Albany once last season.
* Boston College’s women’s lacrosse team concluded the month of March with an impressive win against Virginia and according to the release, the Eagles have now beaten the Cavaliers twice in the past three seasons. BC’s victory marked the first time they’ve defeated a top-10 squad since 2011, too. Also, Sarah Mannelly, who scored three goals on Saturday, has now registered at least three or more strikes in four games this season.
* Merrimack College’s men’s team hasn’t appeared in the loss column since suffering a 13-10 setback to Limestone on Mar. 9. The Warriors have won their last four contests, which include victories against Lake Erie and Le Moyne. Corey Lunney leads the unit with 21 points (17 goals, four assists), while teammate Greg Melaugh has contributed 17 points (14 goals, three assists).
* Melaugh’s brother, Ben Melaugh, has made an impact with the Salem State Vikings as the first-year leads the squad with 26 points (17 goals, nine assists).
* Merrimack’s women’s team snapped a six-game skid with a double-overtime win on Saturday against Dowling, a squad that’s currently the seventh best team in the country. Mia Rapolla netted the game-winning strike for the Warriors in the first overtime period, which sealed the win.
* Bentley University’s women’s lacrosse team will host a Coaches vs. Cancer game on Saturday, April 6. The Falcons will host Southern Connecticut for a Northeast-10 Conference match, which is slated for a 12 p.m. start. According to this morning’s release, the team will be collecting used equipment and cash donations, but for more information – HOP HERE.
* Sticking with the Falcons, the men’s team will host St. Michaels on Wednesday for a critical NE-10 matchup. Bentley is coming off a tough loss to Pace on Saturday, but received some help from Tim Matheson, who recorded a hat trick, as well as Brendan Murphy, who finished with two points (one goal, one assist).
* Stonehill College’s women’s team saw their six-game winning streak conclude with a 12-5 loss to Adelphi, a squad that hasn’t lost a game since 2012. The Skyhawks, who’re currently ranked 10th nationally, will attempt to rebound with a road victory on Wednesday against Southern New Hampshire.
* After sustaining two back-to-back losses to start the season, Tufts University’s men’s team has won five straight. Beau Wood, who is in his third season with the Jumbos, leads the squad with 20 points (13 goals, seven assists), while Cole Bailey leads all players with 10 assists.
* Finally, one last congratulations, this time to Wheaton College’s women’s lacrosse team, who defeated Springfield College for the first time since 2007. Charlotte DeSantis recorded a game-best four points (three goals, one assist), while teammate Melanie Sharick finished with a hat trick.