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March 27, 2013

Merrimack lacrosse stuns No. 1 Le Moyne

NORTH ANDOVER — Behind a career-high 24 saves from senior goaltender Connor Reagan, the No. 5 Merrimack men’s lacrosse team upset No. 1 Le Moyne 5-3 yesterday.

The Warriors (3-1, 2-0 NE-10) snapped Le Moyne’s 59-game, regular-season conference winning streak. The Warriors handed the Dolphins their last conference loss during the 2007 campaign. The loss also snapped the Dolphins’ 33-game regular-season winning streak.

Merrimack forced 13 turnovers and held the Dolphins (7-1, 4-1 NE-10) scoreless for 44:43 between the end of the first period and their final goal with 3:54 left in the fourth.

Jamie Shand came up with his second game-winning goal of the young season as he took a Mike Perdie pass and found his way to the front of the net where he beat Jeff White from point blank range. Shand scored his man up marker after a Aaron Cahill pushing penalty with 5:47 to play in the game.

The Warriors had three players record at least two points including Greg Melaugh (goal, two assists), Corey Lunney (two goals) and Perdie (two assists).

Brett Axelson was all over the field in the second half, drawing multiple penalties and scoring the Warriors’ final goal of the game.

The Dolphins opened up the scoring early in the first period as Joe Corapi scored his 10th goal of the season less than four minutes into action. Le Moyne extended their lead to 2-0 later in the first on the man up opportunity.

The teams went scoreless in the second period but the Dolphins took a slashing call in the dying seconds of the half to give Merrimack the man up opportunity coming out of the locker room After 30 minutes of play, the Dolphins held the 36-11 advantage in shots.

Merrimack finally got on the board 29 seconds into the third period on the man up chance as Lunney buried his team-high 13th goal of the season. Twelve minutes later, the Warriors tied the score at 2-2 with another Lunney marker.

The Warriors took their first lead of the contest with just 54 seconds to play in the third as Melaugh hit the cross bar and crossed the line for his ninth goal of the season.

Merrimack is at Saint Rose on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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