Merrimack vs. Le Moyne
May 3, 2013
The Game Story:
#6 Merrimack will play host to #4 Le Moyne on Friday night in front of the home fans at Martone-Mejail Field in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament. Merrimack earned their first share of the regular season crown on Saturday with the victory over Assumption and earned a bye into the semifinal round. Le Moyne enters the contest after defeating Saint Anselm in the quarterfinals by the score of 13-6.

The Warriors are led offensively by NE-10 Player of the Year Corey Lunney who leads the league in goals with 43 and points with 57. The Warriors second offensive threat is senior Greg Melaugh who recorded 39 goals in the regular season. Jamie Shand is having the best season of his career as he racked up 46 points including a team-high 25 assists. Defensively, Merrimack is led by Defensive Player of the Year Brandon Waiter who has recorded a team-high 21 caused turnovers and scooped up 35 ground balls. Faceoff specialist Patrick Coskren has been playing well as of late as he has won 60.7 percent of his faceoffs and scooped up a NE-10 high 117 ground balls.

Le Moyne enters the game with a 13-2 overall record after defeating Saint Anselm last time out. The Dolphins are led offensively by Tyler Prevost who has recorded 47 points including a team-high 31 assists. Nate Frechette ranks second on the team with 45 points while Chris Button leads the team with 24 goals. Gerald O'Brien leads the Dolphins defense with 21 caused turnovers and 29 ground balls on the season.

The Dolphins have won three of the last five matchups with the Warriors with Merrimack winning the meeting earlier this season by the score of 5-3. The Dolphins downed Merrimack twice last season including in the NE-10 Championship game.

#6 Merrimack claimed their first-ever share of the NE-10 Regular season title on Saturday with the 16-11 victory over Assumption. With the win, Merrimack shared the title with Adelphi and they earned the second seed for the NE-10 Tournament because the Panthers held the head-to-head tiebreaker. On senior day at Martone-Mejail Field, senior Greg Melaugh sure did impress as he led all player with nine goals and two assists including five straight first quarter goals and six straight overall. Jamie Shand continued his hot play in the win with a season-high five assists and one goal while Patrick Coskren dominated the faceoff circle winning 22-of-28 faceoff's and scooping up a career-high 21 ground balls.

Senior Greg Melaugh saved his best game of the season for senior day as he tied a school record that stood untouched for seven seasons. Melaugh recorded nine goals on Saturday which tied the school record set by Greg Rogowski in 2006. Melaugh scored six straight goals in the first half including the quickest five goals in school history. Melaugh scored five goals in less than 14 minutes in the NE-10 clinching victory.

Corey Lunney was named NE-10 Player of the Year on Tuesday for the first time in his career. Lunney leads the NE-10 with 43 goals and 57 points through 12 games. He ranks second in the nation in goals per game (3.31). Lunney is just three goals shy of his career-high of 46 goals which he posted as a freshman. He also currently ranks second in the NCAA among active players in goals with 173 and points with 227.

A key to the Warriors success all season long has been winning the faceoff battle. When the Warriors win more faceoff's than their opponents they are 8-0 on the season. On Friday faceoff's will be the key to victory as the Dolphins are one of the best faceoff teams in the country, winning 66.9 percent of their faceoff's. Patrick Coskren has faired well this season, winning 153-of-254 faceoff's while also leading the nation in ground balls per game (9.1).

The Merrimack man up offense has been a strength all season long as they are currently 32-for-77 on their opportunities which is good for 41.6 percent and third best in the country. Greg Melaugh leads all Warriors with 12 man-up markers while Lunney ranks second with five.

The Le Moyne Dolphins have been one of the most consistent teams in division II lacrosse over the tenure of current head coach Dan Sheehan. The Dolphins have not lost to the same team in a season twice since the 1999 season when the Warriors defeated the Dolphins. The Warriors downed then #1 Le Moyne earlier this season 5-3 and is looking to sweep the season series for the first time in 14 seasons.

Merrimack received a NE-10 leading seven All-Conference players as announced by the league office on Tuesday. The Warriors claimed three major award winners as Corey Lunney was named Player of the Year, Brandon Waiter was Defensive Player of the Year and Connor Reagan was Goalkeeper of the Year. Lunney, Waiter, Reagan and Greg Melaugh were all first team members while Mike Perdie and Patrick Coskren were second team members. Freshman Ryan Poirier was named to the all-rookie squad after recording 12 points on the season.

Merrimack has won ten straight games at Martone-Mejail Field dating back to last year. The Warriors picked up the best home victory over that stretch earlier this season with the 5-3 win over then #1 Le Moyne. On Saturday, the Warriors defeated Assumption 16-11 in front of the home fans. Over the past six seasons the Warriors are among the best in the country at home, owning a 35-4 record. In the four losses the Warriors have lost by a combined five goals. The Warriors have not lost more than two home games in any season under current head coach Mike Morgan as the last season they lost more than two was 2007 as they went 4-3 on home turf.

Mike Morgan's first four seasons on the Warriors sidelines were as successful as any Division II men's lacrosse coach ever. On May 6, 2011 when the Warriors defeated Le Moyne, Morgan became the first coach to ever win 50 games in four seasons. Morgan is one of only six coaches to win 50 games in five seasons. Morgan has compiled a career record of 74-21 during his career at Merrimack.