---- — Alejandro Fuchs found the goal in the 85th minute, breaking a scoreless tie and propelling Merrimack past Franklin Pierce, 1-0, in the NCAA Division II mens soccer first-round matchup.
The victory was the first NCAA win in Merrimack mens soccer history.
Sunday, the Warriors will challenge No. 10 Southern New Hampshire University in round 2.
Jose Silva had seven saves for the Warrior shutout win.
Warriors fall in field hockey
Amesbury’s Shannon Hlebichuk, in her 11th year at UMass Lowell, made career win No. 200 a monumental one as the River Hawks ousted Merrimack, 2-0, in the NCAA Division 2 Field Hockey Final Four.
Lowell will now meet national champion West Chester in the title game.
Melanie Hopkins turned all four Warrior shots away, including a pair by North Andover’s Candace Waldie, to earn the shutout.
After dropping the regular season meeting to Merrimack, Lowell has posted the two that matter most, winning in the Northeast-10 Conference title game and again yesterday.
Merrimack finishes the season at 17-4.
Mens hoop sharp in debut
Senior Mike Clifford erupted for 28 points and 19 rebounds as Merrimack dropped Dominican College, 81-76, in the opener of the Bentley Tip-Off Classic.
Clifford went 11 of 18 from the field and 6 of 8 from the foul line. Senior Tyler Young chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman J.T. Strickland had 16 points in his debut for the Warriors, who take on Caldwell College tonight at 6 p.m,. again at Bentley.