The Merrimack Warriors leave the world of DII lacrosse on top and they defeated the Limestone Saints 16-8 in the DII Championship game, capturing their second straight championship.
Limestone was led by Larson Sundown who tallied. Tyler Papa also had 5 points (2G,3A) and Brian Huyghue had 2 goals as well. In cage for the Saints Danny Forren made 16 saves for Limestone.
For Merrimack they were led by Charlie Bertrand who tallied 7 points (4G,3A) while brothers Dom Thomas and Christian Thomas each had 4 points (3G,1A). Sean Black also had 5 points (2G,3A). Nick Ponte made 12 saves in cage for the Warriors.
Merrimack got off to a hot start with Christiana and Dom Thomas each scoring early to put the Warriors up 2-0 with 10:36 in the first. Brian Huyghue got Limestone on the board first, cutting the Merrimack lead to 2-1. Late in the first Charlie Bertrand scored a diving goal to put Merrimack up 3-1 heading into the second quarter.
Early in the second Limestone went on a two-goal run, tying things up at 3 with 13:30 in the second. Merrimack struck back with two straight goals a few minutes later to put the Warriors back up 5-3.
Merrimack continued their run through the end of the half, dominating on both ends of the field. The Warriors extended their run to five goals, giving them a dominating 9-3 lead at the half.
Sean Black continued the Warriors run to six goals, putting them up 10-3 early in the third. Larson Sundown finally stopped the bleeding for Limestone, getting the Saints back on the board. Sundown’e goal was the start of a four-goal run for Limestone that cut the Merrimack lead to 10-7 heading into the fourth.
While Limestone seemed to have all the energy and getting it done on both ends, Merrimack found life once again to start the fourth. The Warriors got off to a hot start in the fourth with an early two-goal run to put them back up 12-7.
Limestone was able to interrupt Merrimack’s run just a few possessions later, making it a 12-8 lead. The Saints wouldn’t stop the Warriors for long as they went on a four-goal run that included two goals from Charlie Bertrand and Dom Thomas to end the game and secure the 16-8 win.