EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 17, 2012

Road Warriors: Merrimack women win 3rd straight

Merrimack: Men rally, but drop second straight

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ORANGEBURG, NY — Behind a spread out scoring attack that saw four Warriors score in double figures, the Merrimack women’s basketball team picked up a 30-point victory over Nyack yesterday afternoon, 80-50. With the win, Merrimack improves to 3-0 overall including 1-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference with all three wins coming on the road.

“Nyack came out hard and really tested us in the first half but we played much more disciplined in the second half,” said head coach Monique LeBlanc. “It was great to have all players contribute today. Everyone played double digit minutes and we were really able to mix the lineups up.”

Merrimack (3-0, 1-0 NE-10) will stay on the road Tuesday as they will head to #2 Bentley for a conference showdown.

The Warriors received scoring from ten different players on Saturday including Chloe Rothman who led Merrimack with 14 points and also grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists.

Jaclyn Lyons scored a season-high 12 points in the win as she went 5 of 11 from the floor and dished out four assists. Sophomore Melissa Miller of North Andover scored a career-high 12 points in 12 minutes of action for the Warriors. Kelly Schatzlein finished off an impressive game with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Lyons opened the scoring for the Warriors as she drilled a three pointer off of a nice pass from Rothman 20 seconds into the game. The two teams went back and forth over the next three minutes as the score was tied 5-5.

The Warriors broke the game open over the next five minutes as they used a 14-2 run to extend their lead to 12 points as Madison Ward made a driving layup in the lane.

For the game, Merrimack shot 39 percent from the floor while Nyack was held to 34 percent. The Warriors drilled eight three pointers, four in each half, and went 18-26 from the free throw line in the big win. The Warriors outrebounded Nyack 55-36.

Merrimack freshman shines in defeat

NORTH ANDOVER — After cutting a second-half deficit from 13 points to just three with seconds to play, the Merrimack men’s basketball team nearly completed an incredible rally to tie the game, but rookie guard Gelvis Salano just missed on a potential buzzer-beating, game-tying 3-pointer, as the Warriors fell, 79-76, to Concordia in their home opener yesterday at Hammel Court.

Losers of back-to-back games, the Warriors see their overall record stand at an even 2-2 after the defeat, while the previously winless Clippers improve to 1-3 by means of the victory.

Down by eight with 20 seconds to play, Solano trimmed the deficit to five by means of his career-high fifth 3-pointer of the match, a basket that came roughly 30 seconds after another made 3-ball from the freshman.

Solano finished the game with a career-high 22 points while going 5 for 9 from downtown and 7 for 16 overall. The rookie also dished four assists and came up with a team-high two steals.

Clifford, meanwhile, notched his third double-double of the young season by means of a 22-point, 10-rebound output, and finally, senior Tyler Young rounded out the trio of Merrimack double-digit scorers with an 11-point performance on 5-of-14 shooting.

The visitors, however, were paced by a quartet of double-digit scorers.