Mercer Overpowers Boston University, 17-6
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MACON, Ga. – Senior Zack Ward and sophomore Chris Baxa each registered six points and Mercer scored nine second half goals to overpower Boston University 17-6 in the men's lacrosse team's 2014 season opener at Mercer University Stadium on Saturday.
Mercer (1-0) won its home opener for the second-straight season under head coach Kyle Hannan, while BU lost its inaugural Division I contest.
Mercer held a slim 4-3 lead in the second quarter before rallying for four goals in the final 4:35 of the half to take a five-goal lead into halftime. Ward and Baxa each scored two goals during the stretch while junior Timmy Geran, sophomore JT Del Tufo and senior Harry Baker all picked up assists.
Ward found the net again just 2:02 into the second half, this time aided by an assist from senior Wilton McKown. The tally marked the start of a dominant third quarter for Mercer, as the Bears outscored the Terriers 4-1 during the period on an 8-5 shot advantage.
The Bears continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter, notching five goals in the final period on their way to the highest scoring total for the team since scoring 17 in a win over Carthage on March 19, 2011.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Nugent made 10 saves while facing 16 shots on goal to book the fifth win of his career between the pipes. Nugent's counterpart – BU freshmen Christian Carson-Banister – collected five saves and allowed 15 goals in the losing effort.
Freshmen James Tautkus and Chris Rahill also tallied multi-goal performances while junior Eric Yoggy, Geran and senior Eoin Collins each found the net once on Saturday.
Mercer returns to non-conference play on Feb. 14 at Michigan. Game time against the Wolverines is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Boston University Recap
MACON, Ga. - The Boston University men's lacrosse program made history on Saturday at Mercer when the Terriers played their inaugural Division I game. Despite two goals and an assist from freshman Pat Myers, BU lost, 17-6, at Mercer University Stadium.
BU (0-1) finished the first quarter only trailing Mercer (1-0), 2-1, thanks to Myers scoring the first goal in program history. Freshman Cal Dearth's first collegiate goal tied the tilt, 2-2, and BU was within 4-3 in the second quarter.
Clay Phillips, Adam Schaal and James Clarke also scored their first collegiate goals while classmate Brady Wulster added an assist. Freshmen Christian Carson-Banister started the game in goal for the Terriers and made five saves while classmate Tyler Zickel also saw time between the pipes. BU made the most of its man-up opportunities, finishing a perfect 2-of-2. The Terriers were also strong on clearing attempts, going 8-of-9.
Freshman Sam Talkow began the new era on a positive note by winning the opening faceoff. He won his first eight faceoffs and finished the contest 15-of-21 at the faceoff X. BU got several good looks on its opening possession, but the game remained scoreless until Mercer's Chris Baxa found the back of the net with 7:37 remaining in the first quarter. The Bears then added a goal with 2:00 to play in the opening stanza.
Myers added to the list of firsts by scoring the Terriers' first-ever goal with nine seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Terriers maintained their momentum as Dearth tied the game, 2-2, just 42 seconds into the next frame. After Mercer scored twice to take a 4-2 lead, Myers recorded the Terriers' first man-up goal to cut the deficit to 4-3. However, the Bears rattled off four straight goals to take an 8-3 lead into halftime.
Mercer opened the second half with a goal before Clarke took a Myers feed to convert a man-up chance and make it a 9-4 game. Facing a 12-4 deficit entering the fourth quarter, Phillips scored a man-down goal to begin the final 15 minutes. Schaal concluded the scoring for the Terriers thanks to a nice pass from Wulster with 1:10 remaining in regulation.
In addition to his three points, Myers gathered two ground balls. Freshman Alec Hoag also had two ground balls to help BU collect 26 as a team. The Terriers caused five turnovers, led by freshman Greg Wozniak with two.
BU will host its home opener at Nickerson Field next Saturday (Feb. 15) against Canisius. Game time is set for 12 p.m.