Merrimack vs. Pace
March 28, 2007
The Game Story:
NORTH ANDOVER, MA ó James Hammel scored three goals in a span of 2:28 late in the fourth quarter as Pace University rallied from a 7-5 deficit to stun Merrimack College 8-7 in Northeast-10 menís lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at Warrior Field.

Sophomore Greg Rogowski (Cohoes, NY) scored four goals for the Warriors, who lost their second-straight contest and fell to 1-4 (1-1 Northeast-10) on the season. The win moves Pace to 4-2 (1-2 Northeast-10).

With the game tied at five at halftime, Rogowski scored the only goal of the third to give the Warriors a 6-5 lead heading into the final quarter. Junior Chris Elia (East Lyme, CT) netted his fifth goal of the season and second of the game with 13:12 remaining to push the lead to 7-5 before Hammelís heroics.

Hammel tallied his second of the game and ninth of the season with 6:43 remaining to bring the Setters to within one at 7-6, then tied the game at 5:23. He scored the go-ahead goal with 4:15 remaining to put his team in front 8-7 and goalie Tim Matheis did the rest, blanking the Warriors for the remainder of the quarter. Matheis best save of the game came late in the game with Merrimack pressing to tie as he stopped Rogowski from close range to earn his fourth win of the season.

The two teams were tied after one period of play on goals by Rogowski and Elia for Merrimack and T.J. Urban and Ryan Gregory for Pace. Each team scored three times in the second as the game entered the midway point deadlocked at five. Rogowski scored twice and junior Kyle Beadoin (Acton, MA) scored his second of the year for Merrimack while Hammel, Jake Shepard and Robert Cornetta scored for the Setters.

Junior Eric Tompkins (Newington, CT) stared in goal for the Warriors and made seven saves.

The Warriors return to action this Saturday when they host defending National Champion Le Moyne at 1 p.m.