EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 4, 2012

Warriors win defensive slugfest

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Merrimack turned in its best defensive showing of the year to overcome a subpar shooting performance and beat St. Michael’s 43-36.

After enduring a six-game losing streak, its longest losing streak in six years, the Warriors (3-6, 1-4 NE-10) got back in the win column for the first time since Nov. 10

The Purple Knights (2-4, 1-4 NE-10) shot just 19.1 percent from the floor (13-for-68).

Rookies Gelvis Solano and Californian Troy Hammel, who is coach Bert Hammel’s nephew, led the winners with nine points apiece. Mike Clifford added eight points and eight rebounds.

Merrimack will host Southern New Hampshire Saturday at 2 p.m. The women’s game is at noon.

Miller, Warriors cruise to win

Sophomore Melissa Miller of North Andover came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Merrimack beat St. Michael’s 63-45.

Merrimack, which improved to 5-2, 3-2 NE-10, also got strong play from Kelly Schatzlein (9 points, 13 rebounds) and Ashley Weissmann (8 points, 7 rebounds).

Two named All-American

Merrimack sophomore goalie Jose Silva and senior striker Franklin Lemus Pena were tabbed All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Silva, a first-year starter in net for the 15-4-2 Warriors, made the first team and Lemus Pena made the second team. Twelve players made each team.

Silva had an 0.56 goals-against-average and a .883 save percentage. Lemus Pena contributed five goals and six assists to help the Warriors to their first NCAA berth in their 42-year history.