April 2, 2011

ECC Gets Murkier as Mercyhurst Pounds Dowling

from press release

ERIE, Pa.
– The fifth-ranked Mercyhurst College men's lacrosse team stretched its winning streak to four games with a 16-8 victory over No. 3 Dowling Saturday afternoon in East Coast Conference action.

In a matchup between two of the top teams in country, Mercyhurst (7-1, 5-1 ECC) turned aside an early surge by the Golden Lions, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead on their first two shots, with four straight before going into halftime with a 9-6 lead.

Seniors Andy Winslow and Kevin Coholan anchored the Lakers by producing three goals and setting up another in the first quarter.

After Winslow cut the deficit to one, at 2-1, following a two-goal spurt by Dowling's Vito DeMola, Coholan struck on a pair of man-up opportunities to put the Lakers in front with 4:47 to play. Junior Ian Wild then stretched the lead to two thanks to an assist from Winslow at the 3:13 mark, and junior Kyle Kallay made it a 5-3 game at 1:38.

Dowling gained some momentum in the second as the Golden Lions opened the stanza on a 3-2 roll to make it a 7-6 game. However, strikes from sophomore Zac Reid and senior Tim Winslow turned a one-goal game into a three-goal advantage for the home team going into the break.

Mercyhurst controlled play in the opening half and would continue to in the second. After DeMola netted his team-leading third of the game at the 13:24 mark, the Lakers put together a time consuming five-goal run that took both teams into the fourth quarter with a 14-7 score in favor of the Lakers showing on the scoreboard.

The Golden Lions broke up the streak with their last goal of the game, a tally by Michael Brennen at 8:34, before Wild and freshman Brady Heseltine found the back of the net at 6:57 and 5:00.

Mercyhurst held the upper hand in every statistical category for the game including shots (32-23), ground balls (37-20) and faceoffs (14-27), and committed four less turnovers than its opponent (24-20).

Nine different players contributed scores, with Coholan leading the way with a four-goal, one-assist performance. Scheetz finished with two goals and two assists, while Kallay and Andy Winslow both added two goals and a helper. Rice recorded three points as well with a goal and two assists, and Reid, Heseltine and Tim Winslow added one score each.

Senior Zach Nash earned the team's first win over an opponent ranked higher than them since defeating No. 3 New York Tech 6-5 on May 2, 2009 with six saves.

The Lakers will look to continue their winning ways when they face second-ranked C.W. Post on Saturday, Apr. 9 in Brookville, N.Y.


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