Men's lacrosse to battle No. 5 Merrimack in NE10 First Round

Men's lacrosse to battle No. 5 Merrimack in NE10 First Round

MANCHESTER, N.H. – For the fourth consecutive season, the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team has qualified for the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs and will take on nationally-ranked Merrimack at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 27 in NE10 First Round action.

The game will be played in North Andover, Mass. at Duane Stadium. Ticketing information and a detailed game preview will be released in the coming days.

Saint Anselm, the sixth seed in the upcoming Northeast-10 Championship, takes on the third-seeded Warriors in a rematch of last season's league title match. The Hawks, receiving votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association national poll, fell to the eventual NCAA Division II national champions in the 2018 NE10 Championship game by an 11-7 margin – that contest proved to be Merrimack's smallest postseason margin of victory.

In 2019, the Hawks have posted a 7-6 overall record with five of those losses coming to nationally-ranked opponents. After a slow start to open NE10 play, the Hawks have come on strong leading into the postseason, earning three consecutive victories that included a clutch 12-10 victory over No. 19 Assumption on Saturday, a team battling for postseason play alongside the Hawks.

The Warriors own one of the nation's most prolific offenses, ranking second in the country in points per game (27.21) and turnovers per game (14.57). Senior Charlie Bertrand leads all of NCAA Division II in goals per game (5.27) and points per game (6.64) with sophomore Sean Black leading the country in assists per game (3.77).

Despite such offensive power, the Hawks and Warriors have played to close scores in three of the previous five meetings. Since a narrow 13-12 loss to Merrimack on Apr. 30, 2016, the Hawks fell to the Warriors by the aforementioned 11-7 margin and, earlier this season, dropped an 18-12 contest at home on Apr. 2.

The 12 goals against Merrimack earlier this season is tied for the second-most scored against the Warriors by an NE10 opponent in 2019. Saint Anselm will try and snap a 15-game losing skid to the Warriors that dates back to a 9-4 Hawks win on Apr. 11, 2007.