by Sean Talbot ’15, Staff Writer
The No. 8 ranked Merrimack Warriors lacrosse team is off to a 5-3 following a thrilling 11-10 win Wednesday afternoon against LIU Post. All three losses have come against ranked opponents, as the Warriors fell to top ranked and undefeated Le Moyne, in addition to one-goal losses at No. 3 Limestone (then No. 5) and No. 5 Dowling (then ranked No. 6).
Despite three early losses, Merrimack has not lost any home games this year. With a win Wednesday afternoon, the Warriors won their 16th consecutive home game, a streak that dates back to April 19, 2011.
This year’s team is looking to thrive under senior and junior leadership. Junior goaltender Moe Green talked about this.
“The team is looking really good. We’re young, but have a lot of depth,” he said. “Our goal for every season is to win the NE-10 tournament and make the NCAA tournament.”
Merrimack is a very good defensive team. Strong defenders like juniors Owen Jarem and Andrew Basler hold it down for defense coach and ground ball enthusiast Ted Biebeu. Merrimack averages 39.29 ground balls per game, the third-highest average in the entire country. The team is determined to win all the smaller battles in order to win the game.
“Coach Biebeu stresses consistency in the way we play,” Jarem said.
The Warriors won the ground ball battle again Wednesday (28-23) in their win against LIU Post. All remaining games will come against conference opponents for the Warriors, including three straight on the road. The Warriors’ next home match comes Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 against St. Anselm.