Saint Anselm vs. Merrimack
April 14, 2009
The Game Story:
MANCHESTER, NH – The Merrimack men’s lacrosse team, ranked fourth in this week’s national poll defeated Saint Anselm College 11-6 Tuesday afternoon to improve to 9-1 on the season.

Michael Balbuena led the way with five goals, giving the sophomore 20 on the season.

The Warriors grabbed the early 3-0 lead behind two goals from Balbuena. The Hawks cut it to 3-2 but goals from Balbuena, Bryan MacPhie, and Greg Rogowski pushed the advantage to four at 6-2 in the second quarter.

The Hawks closed the gap to two at 8-6 before the start of the fourth, but the Warriors put the game away scoring the final three tallies, with Balbuena getting a pair of them. Merrimack forced 11 fourth-quarter turnovers, while Cory Spinale stopped four shots to keep the hosts scoreless in the final 15 minutes.

Spinale finished with 14 saves in the win, while the Warriors forced 24 turnovers and converted on one of their two man-advantages.

Rogowski finished with two goals, his 39th and 40th of the season, and dished out two assists. Mark Webber tallied three points on a goal and two assists, while Spinale and Michael Miano posted a team-best six ground balls.

The Warriors (9-1, 4-1 NE-10) host Pace Saturday at 12 p.m.