Merrimack Tops New England Coaches Poll
from press releases
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Led by five members of the preseason all-New England Team, the Merrimack men's lacrosse team has been picked as the top team in New England by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA).
Making up nearly half (5 of 13) of the all-New England team, Merrimack is led by senior captains Cory Spinale (Wakefield, MA) and Mark Webber (Mansfield, MA) as the all-New England goalie and one of four all-New England midfielders, respectively.
Spinale, a two-time NEILA all-New Englander, recorded a school record 14-3 mark before being named to the Northeast-10 all-Conference Second Team a year ago. He was also third in the nation with a .633 save-percentage.
Webber anchored the Warriors power play to score 18 points in 2009 to accompany Spinale on the all-Conference Second Team.
Senior Shane Mahar (Slingerlands, NY) is one of three defensemen on the all-New England team, while junior Mike Balbuena (Falmouth, MA) joins Webber on the midfield squad and sophomore Nick Maggio (Winchester, MA) is the solitary specialist for the NEILA's preseason team.
Third-year head coach Mike Morgan's returnees include eight seniors after a school-record 14 wins and trip to the Final Four in 2009. This spring, Merrimack will take the field on February 27 against the 2009 defending champion and preseason #1 C.W. Post on the road.
2010 NEILA Preseason Poll
3. Saint Michael's
4. Saint Anselm
5. Southern New Hampshire
2010 NEILA Preseason All-New England Team
Kevin Gould Bentley Sr.
Keith Murluzzo SNHU Jr.
Aaron McNab AIC Jr.
Kevin Klaskin Assumption Sr.
Mike Balbuena Merrimack Jr.
Mark Webber Merrimack Sr.
Brad Tunis Bentley Sr.
James Baghai St. Michael's Sr.
Matt Allen Bentley Sr.
Shane Mahar Merrimack Sr.
Kevin DeBenedetto Saint Anselm Sr.
Nick Maggio Merrimack So.
Corey Spinale Merrimack Sr.
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