NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team opened Northeast-10 Conference play by falling to No. 6 Merrimack College, 3-0, on Tuesday evening at Martone-Mejail Field. The Warriors, who won the 2017 NE10 Championship before qualifying for their fourth straight NCAA Tournament, are not only sixth in this week's United Soccer Coaches national poll but first in the East Region.
- Saint Michael's (1-3, 0-1 NE10), Merrimack (4-0, 1-0 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Redshirt sophomore Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley), 3 saves
- Senior Paul Magazzu, 1 goal
- Junior Sebastian Toro, 1 goal
- First-year Francesco Dondini, 1 goal
- Senior Tyler Packett, 1 save
- The Purple Knights were only outshot 5-3 in the second half, and 14-7 for the game.
- Merrimack is sixth in the United Soccer Coaches national poll and first in the East Region.
- Merrimack won the 2017 NE10 Championship and qualified for its fourth straight NCAA Tournament.
- Toro got Merrimack on the board 8:49 into the game on one of only two shots the Warriors put on frame in the half. Gazo denied the other in the 20th minute.
- First-year Cam Goodrich (Milton, Vt./Milton) headed a bid wide in the 27th minute before senior Bradley Anair's (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) ensuing corner kick yielded no tying chances.
- Magazzu doubled the hosts' lead just 38 seconds into the second half, and Dondini made it 3-0 at 61:14.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Saturday vs. Adelphi University, 12 p.m.
- The Panthers are 10th in this week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.
- Adelphi qualified for the past three NCAA Tournaments.