Merrimack College Warriors 2014 Preview

Merrimack College Warriors

The Merrimack College Warriors finished the 2013 season with a 10-1 record in the Northeast-10 and an overall record of 11-3. 2014 marks the seventh season for Merrimack alum Mike Morgan at the helm of the Warriors. Merrimack’s final game of 2013 was a loss in the Northeast-10 semifinals to LeMoyne 4-8. LeMoyne went on to win the Northeast-10 Tournament as well as the NCAA DII National Championship. Heading into the 2014 season coach Morgan is going to lean on his veteran defense. Merrimack’s defense was 2nd in the country last spring. On the offensive side they have to replace their top two scorers, who both were All-Americans last spring and one was the player of the year in the Northeast-10. Coach Morgan believes they will have a different identify on offense, but this offense is as deep as he has had during his team at the helm of the Warriors.

Leading Merrimack in 2014 will be a trio of preseason All-Americans. Offensively Merrimack will look to Jamie Shand and Mike Perdie. Shand is a junior attack who had 22 goals and 25 assists in 2013. Perdie is a senior midfielder who scored 11 goals and dished out 13 assists. Both players are preseason All-American selections. Defensively Merrimack will look to Brandon Waiter. Waiter is a junior defenseman who was the Division II Defender of the Year in 2013. He finished 2013 with 36 groundballs and 23 caused turnovers. Waiter is a 1st team preseason All-American selection this spring. Coach Morgan is also looking to two sophomore midfielder’s to take that next step this spring. Those midfielder’s are Tim Towler and Ryan Poirier. Coach Morgan also expects a few transfers to see time this spring for Merrimack. Those tranfers are Andrew Vivian an attack from Drexel, Drew Walsh a midfielder/face-off from Quinnipiac and Evan Zakow an attack from Jacksonville. A few freshman who we will be keeping an eye on are Dom Madonna a goalie from Liverpool, NY; Brennen Morin a defenseman out of Bridgton Academy; Max Allen an attack from Don Bosco, NJ; and Jack Trask a midfielder out of Colorado.

This past fall the Warriors volunteered their services to aid fundraising for an injured local North Andover boy. The event was title “Tommy Strong”. To learn more about the event check the link here.

The favorite in the Northeast-10 according to Coach Morgan is LeMoyne. The Dolphins are the defending National Champions. A dark-horse in the Northeast-10 this spring could be Franklin Pierce or Pace. According to Coach Morgan, “Franklin Pierce has been close with a few of the top Northeas- 10 teams and Pace will be well coached under Tom Mariano.” Coach Morgan gave us a few players we should key an eye on in the Northeast-10 this spring. Those players are Joe Celano, Adelphi; Greg Puskuljian, Adelphi; Andrew Chadderdon, LeMoyne; and Brandon Waiter, Merrimack. All four of these players were All-Americans in 2013.

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