An All-American defenseman who takes on captain duties in 2005...2005 Face-Off Yearbook and Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America First Team selection at LSM...is one of the best long sticks in the nation...a rugged, hardworking versatile player who will see time at close defense and long stick midfield...an outstanding one-on-one defender who can play solid body position defense and take the ball away...tenacious on groundballs and excellentin transition...recipient of the Billy Evans Award presented to the outstanding Junior...a graduating player from the Ontario Lacrosse Association...ranks seventh all-time on the Hilltop in groundballs with 176...
One of only five Tewaaraton Trophy Finalists and a 2004 USILA First Team All-American selection...named First Team All-ECAC and finished second in the conference and tied for fifth in the nation for groundballs per game (6.14)...team MVP and played in all 15 games and totaled 90 groundballs, which ranks as the third highest single season total in Hoya history...had three goals and an assist...named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week twice for game against Cornell and Penn State...notched career first assist in Cornell win and tallied first goal of 2004 at Penn State...notched other goals agains Vermont and Syracuse in the NCAA Quarterfinals...recorded seven or more groundballs in five contests with a season-high 12 in win at Duke...
Saw time in all 15 games and took over starting long stick duties in final four contests...registered 54 groundballs on the year...hit first career goal in Virginia NCAA Quarterfinals game plus added six ground balls...recorded eight ground balls in 'Cuse game...
Played in 14 of 15 games...picked up 32 ground balls to rank second among Hoya defensemen...
Named the New England Defensive Player of the Year at Salisbury School...selected as a First Team High School All-American...also named First Team All-New England...played on the Ontario Junior Box Lacrosse champions in 2000...
Son of Patricia and Peter Merrill
Merrill's Career Stats
Goals: 1, Four Times
Assists: 1, Cornell, 2004
Points: 1, Five Times
Groundballs: 12, at Duke, 2004