March 24, 2012

Mercyhurst Finds a Way Past Dowling

from press release

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y.
- The No. 1 Mercyhurst men's lacrosse team won, 7-6, at No. 3 Dowling Saturday afternoon. Kyle Kallay scored with 3:30 left to pick up the key East Coast Conference (ECC) victory in front of 1,438 fans.

The Lions took a 6-5 lead with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter on a Billy Richardson goal. In the fourth period, the Lakers capitalized on a Dowling turnover. Brian Scheetz scored his second goal of the day with 11:35 to go, tying the score at 6.

The teams traded tense possessions midway through the frame, as both sides had opportunities. Brendan Hayes hit the post with 5:31 to play and then Matt Hummel rang the iron for Hurst a minute later.

Eventually, Scheetz set up Kallay for the game-winner with 3:30 showing on the clock. Two Michael Grace saves closed out the road win for the Lakers, who stayed unbeaten at 5-0.

Hurst got going early, executing its top-ranked man-up attack. Scheetz found Hummel 2:24 into the match to put the visitors ahead. Jake McAndrew expanded the lead three minutes later, as Deven Alves assisted to put Mercyhurst up 2-0. Mitch McAvoy caused a Lion turnover, ending with Brady Heseltine scoring with 8:40 remaining. Brandon Thomson had the helper.

Dowling struck less than a minute later, though, as Richardson found the back of the net to put the hosts on the board. After several minutes of back-and-forth action, Hayes scored on a man-up chance with 2:12 left in the first quarter.

In the second period, Hurst hounded Lion goalie Ryan Dougherty, but could not get the ball past him. Grace made several saves as well, but Danny Abbene finally tied the game at three with a goal late in the half.

Kyle Sopko gave the Lions a 4-3 edge early in the third quarter, scoring less than four minutes in. Hayes quickly followed with insurance, putting Dowling up 5-3 with 9:58 left in the third.

Both goalies stood tall in the face of pressure, with both players keeping their teams in the contest. With 4:31 to go in the third, Kallay broke through for a goal, assisted by McAndrew. The Lakers won the ensuing face-off and Scheetz took advantage, recording his second goal of the match to tie the score.

Dowling outshot Hurst, 39-26, and won 14-18 face-offs on the day. Grace made 14 saves in net to get the victory. Scheetz totaled two goals and two assists, while Kallay had two goals.

Mercyhurst improved to 4-0 in the ECC, while the Lions dropped to 4-1 in league action. The Lakers now have a one-game lead in the conference, putting them in the driver's seat. They host C.W. Post on Saturday, March 31, in another ECC match. Face-off is slated for noon at Tullio Field.


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