Merrimack grads receive honors for DWC lacrosse
The men’s lacrosse teams at Rivier and Daniel Webster had to take the good with the bad.
Rivier was edged by Norwich, 11-10, last Saturday to leave the Raiders with another road game in the tournament. They were slated to visit Norwich on Wednesday night with a 4-4 GNAC mark, but results were not available as of Merrimack Journal press time. Rivier finished the regular season 10-6 overall.
Meanwhile, Daniel Webster was beaten in the New England Collegiate Conference semifinals, 17-7, by Regis. It was Regis’ first ever postseason win.
On the bright side, Merrimack’s David Downie may have gone out in style with three goals. Downie will graduate after next fall’s semester and he’s not expected to continue his education in the spring at DWC, which would end his athletic career at the school. Collin Malone added two goals and an assist for the Eagles, who finished the season at 7-8, but with a second straight NECC semifinal appearance.
Still on lacrosse, Downie along with fellow Eagles scorer Anthony Cotoni and Merrimack’s Josh Tevepaugh received first-team honors for the NECC. The three representatives marked the highest for the program since 2007.
Cotoni led DWC with 60 points (42 goals, 18 assists) with 40 groundball pickups. He leaves as the program’s all-time leader in total points (190), goals (135), games played (55), groundballs (184), man-up goals (19), man-down goals (three), game-winners (four) and was second in total assists (55).
Downie, meanwhile, likely retires second all-time in total points (137), goals (99) and man-up scores (13). He finished fifth all-time in assists (38), sixth in groundballs (135) and 13th in games played (41) covering three total seasons.
Tevepaugh is a cornerstone for the future. He was one of the top Eagle defenders also playing as a long stick middie, and had 23 groundball pickups this year. He started all 15 games and has 29 starts the last two years.