Matthew LaMalfa, ’12, Associate Sports Editor
Looking to rebound from their first loss of the year to #2 LeMoyne the men’s lacrosse team was unable to do so. They dropped their second straight on the road, this time at Southern New Hampshire University.
“We did not play well enough to win today,” said head coach Mike Morgan. “We lost some focus in the beginning of the final period and we never recovered.” The Warriors went down 3-0 to start the game and never really recovered from there. They were able to notch 12 shots on goal but none of them found their way past Penman net minder Brendan O’Brien.
After the Penman extended their lead to four, the Warriors charged back to tie the score with from DJ Brown, Kevin Guilbert, Mike Perdie and Greg Fallon. Holding a 23-12 shot advantage at halftime, things looked good for the Merrimack squad as they begin the third quarter. The Warriors peppered O’Brien in the third, launching 13 shots on net but failing to convert on any of those opportunities. This would cost them as Southern New Hampshire tallied three goals at the beginning of the fourth quarter to make the score 7-4.
The Warriors started their comeback attempt with goals from Corey Lunney and Brown but failed to ever notch the equalizer. The Warriors outshot Southern New Hampshire 48-19 and won 15 of 17 face-offs. The Warriors were 0-2 on the man up opportunities and were successful on 16 of 20 clearing attempts. Merrimack (7-2, 3-2 NE-10) will return home for their senior day on Saturday April 14 at 1 pm against American International.