Merrimack College Warriors
The Merrimack College Warriors finished the 2012 season with a 13-3 record. Unfortunately, the Warrior’s season ended in the Northeast-10 Championship game with a 10-7 loss to LeMoyne. Despite losing their final game of 2012, the expectations are high at Merrimack. According to Head Coach Mike Morgan, “our goals are to first-off outwork everyone in the country daily; second, win the Northeast-10; and lastly, win the National Championship.” He continues by saying, “if we continue to work as a group and follow the process, we put ourselves in a position to accomplish all three.” Head Coach Mike Morgan is an alumni of the Merrimack lacrosse program and is entering his sixth year as head coach of the Warriors.
While speaking with Coach Morgan about the upcoming season, he mentioned a few Warriors that are going to be key players this spring. Corey Lunney, Greg Melaugh, Mike Perdie, Brandon Waiter, Jimmy Holland and Pat Coskren.
Corey Lunney is a senior midfielder. He is a pre-season Player of the Year candidate for Division II, as well as a pre-season 1st Team All-American for 2013. Lunney finished 2012 with 45 goals and 14 assists, for a team high of 59 points.
Greg Melaugh is a senior attackman. He was the Northeast-10 player of the year in 2012, and is a pre-season 2nd Team All-American for 2013. Melaugh finished with 44 goals and 13 assists for 57 points in 2012, making him second on the team in points beyond fellow classmate Lunney.
Mike Perdie is a senior midfielder. He finished with 40 points in 2012 on 20 goals and 20 assists. Perdie is a pre-season Honorable Mention All-American for 2013.
Brandon Waiter is a sophomore defenseman. He had one goal and one assist in 2012, to go along with 47 groundballs and 29 caused turnovers. Waiter will team up with Jimmy Holland, a junior defenseman on Merrimack’s back line. Holland finished 2012 with 35 groundballs and 20 caused turnovers.
Pat Coskren is a senior midfielder. He will be the primary face-off specialist for the Warriors in 2013. Coskren finished 2012 with a face-off win percentage of .584 and 44 groundballs.
Those are some solid players on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Yet, Coach Morgan said that we need to watch the goalie battle between senior Connor Reagan and sophomore Morgan Green, as well as keep our eye on two freshmen who he thinks will contribute right away. Those freshmen are Tim Towler out of Topsfield, MA (Masconomet) and Sam Harris out of North Maple Grove, MN (Totino Grace). With all of that offensive power, I can now see why the Warriors have high expectations heading into 2013.
While working hard on the field, the Warriors have been working with Adopt a Platoon off the field. Adopt a Platoon is an overseas military program where you are assigned an active platoon and exchange letters with members serving. According to coach Morgan, “we put together about 50 packages each year that go over to them to keep their spirits up and make the stay a little easier.”
In the Northeast-10, Coach Morgan believes that LeMoyne is the favorite. His reasoning is they won the conference championship last year and return to 2013 with a good group. Coach Morgan also goes on to say that he thinks his team is the favorite as well. We at NE Lax Blog believe with the players that Merrimack is bringing back, it should make them the favorite in 2013.
A dark-horse in the Northeast-10 in 2013 could be St. Anselm or the College of St. Rose, according to Coach Morgan. He also told NE Lax Blog to keep our eyes on Jeff White, a senior goalie out of LeMoyne, and Jeff Melsopp, a senior defenseman out of Adelphi. Both players are 2013 pre-season All-Americans.
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