March 19, 2011

No. 6 Mercyhurst Fends Off No. 8 Mercy

from press release

Erie, Pa.
- In a game befitting its billing, the #8 Mercy College lacrosse team dropped a hard fought 9-7 decision to #6 Mercyhurst today.

Mercy suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 5-1 overall, and 2-1 in the East Coast Conference. Mercyhurst, meanwhile, is now 4-1 overall, and also 2-1 in the ECC. Mercyhurst is an affiliate member of the ECC in men's lacrosse.

Mercyhurst, who had been ranked as high as #2 in the USILA poll, had dropped to #8 this week. Mercy, meanwhile, had been tenth, and had climbed to eighth.

The first quarter was very even, with both sides looking good. The host Lakers got on the board early, when Kyle Kallay took a feed from Brian Scheetz at the 11:49 mark and scored. The Mavericks responded with a pair of goals from sophomore Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) and junior Sal Spinelli (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip/Suffolk CC), and Mercy was up 2-1. The teams traded goals in the waning minutes of the first quarter, and, with 15 minutes gone, Mercy led 3-2.

Just two and a half minutes into the second stanza, the Lakers knotted the game on an Andy Winslow tally. Freshman Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic) scored a man-up goal, and once again the upstart visitors led. It would be Mercy's last lead of the game.

Mercyhurst scored a pair of goals barely a minute apart late in the quarter, and led 5-4 at the half.

Midway through the third quarter, Kallay scored back-to-back goals three minutes apart, and the Lakers had built a three-goal cushion at 8-5.

Before the third quarter expired, Mercy's Sean Wallin (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) ripped a goal on a pass from Wood, and Mercy trailed by just two heading into the final 15 minutes.

Kallay scored his fifth goal of the game midway through the fourth quarter, reclaiming a three-goal margin for the Lakers. But the Mavericks continued to fight. With three minutes to play, sophomore Alex Martello (Montville, N.J./Montville) scored an unassisted goal, providing the final score of 9-7.

Both goaltenders played well, with Mercy's T. J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) making 17 saves. Zach Nash, his counterpart for the hosts, made eight stops.

Balanced scoring kept the Mavericks in the game. Leading the way with five points was Wood, who finished with a pair of goals and three assists. Spinelli added a pair of goals as well.

Mercy will host local rival Pace University on Wednesday, March 23, in a game that is expected to be played on Mavericks Field, on the Mercy College campus in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.


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