Mathew Galvao ’17, Sports Editor
The Merrimack spring athletes are starting to take the field for the final season of the school year. The men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have set sail on their seasons and have played very well to date. Both squads are heading into this weekend with at least .500 records in both conference and non-conference play.
The men’s team was ranked third in the preseason coaches poll and have certainly lived up to the billing. The Warriors have stormed out of the gate with four straight wins and have yet to lose a game. Three of their wins came against NE-10 conference opponents which gives them a 3-0 record in conference play, which has them tied for second in the conference standings with Adelphi. Throughout this winning streak Merrimack has been able to score 55 goals and haven’t scored less than ten goals in each of their games. Most of the offense can be credited to sophomore Max Allen who has found the back of the net 20 times this year. Allen also has an impressive shooting percentage of 46.5%. Recently, 2nd year attacker Tucker Schwarz was recently named NE-10 player of the week after totaling 12 points last week for the Warriors. Merrimack will finish out the month of March at Adelphi and Franklin Pierce before returning home to face Lemoyne.
The women’s team started off the season with two straight wins before dropping two out of their next three matches. Their most recent loss came to the hands of Franklin Pierce in a 12-11 overtime thriller. The women stand with a record of 3-2 and 1-1 in NE-10 play. Thier .500 record has them sitting in 10th place in the NE-10 standings. On the bright side, scoring goals has not been an issue for this team as they have scored 64 goals in five contests. Redshirt freshman Hunter McCarthy has lead the potent Merrimack offense with 15 goals and 4 assists for 19 points. Her 19 points is also good enough to lead the team. The Warriors will finish off the month of March with three home games against Stonehill, St. Michaels and Southern Connecticut and traveling to face Assumption. These next four games will be really important to the team as it is against NE-10 opponents. It will be key to take as many wins as possible in these next four games to move up in the conference standings.
As the season progresses the men’s team will look to keep their undefeated streak going with about a month and a half remaining in their season. The women will try and grow their game and climb the standings in the tough NE-10 conference. With still the remaining of March and the month of April still to play there is plenty of lacrosse yet to play.