Merrimack vs. Pace
April 18, 2009
The Game Story:
NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Senior All-American Greg Rogowski netted his 200th career goal as the fourth-ranked Merrimack men’s lacrosse team defeated Pace University 17-5 Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field.

Twenty-two seconds into the second quarter, Rogowski converted a shot as he dove to the ground to give the Warriors the 3-2 lead. He is the first player in school history to record 200 career goals.

The Warriors broke the game open with four tallies in the first 3:21 of the second quarter, with Rogowski netting two of them, his 200th and 201st of his career. David Robinson made it 6-2 as he put home a rebound off a Bryan MacPhie shot. Michael Balbuena then made it 7-2 on the man-advantage, taking a pretty pass from Rogowski for his 21st of the year. Rogowski added his third of the quarter to make it 8-3 with the Warriors playing a man down.

Merrimack outscored the Setters 8-3 in the second quarter and led 10-5 at the half behind five points from Rogowski and three from Balbuena.

Robinson picked up his second of the game as the Warriors outscored the Setters 4-0 in the third quarter. Robinson’s second of the game, tenth of the season, was assisted by goaltender Cory Spinale, as the netminder fed Robinson down the field who converted on a breakaway to give the hosts the 14-5 lead.

Rogowski led the way with six goals and eight points and grabbed 10 ground balls, while Balbuena finished with three goals and an assist. Spinale stopped six shots in the win, improving to 10-1 on the season. Nick Maggio was solid in the X, winning 18 of 26 draws and earning an assist. Kevin Laplante added a pair of goals late in the fourth, as the Warriors held the Setters without a goal in the second half.

Merrimack (10-1, 5-1 NE-10) closes out its regular season home schedule Monday against Southern New Hampshire at 7 p.m. The Warriors will honor the class of 2009 before Monday’s game as part of senior day.