April 26, 2014

Mercyhurst Clips Lake Erie, Earns Top Seed in ECACs

from press release

ERIE, Pa. - The #4 Mercyhurst men's lacrosse team beat #14 Lake Erie College, 8-5, Saturday afternoon. The Lakers won their second straight Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) regular season title and will now host the ECAC Tournament next weekend.

On senior day at Tullio Field, the Lakers had to work to put away the Storm. LEC scored the first two goals of the day, but Jake McAndrew set up a Connor Enright blast for a man-up goal, making it 2-1 with 6:22 left in the first quarter. A Michael Grace save led to a quick clear as E.J. Sellie sprinted down the middle of the field. He faked left and dished to Brandon Thomson on the right, where Thomson scored with 5:23 to play in the period, tying the match.

Mitch McAvoy won the faceoff to begin the second quarter. He moved quickly and hit Heseltine on the left side for a go-ahead goal seven seconds into the frame. The Storm evened the score a few minutes later, but the Lakers had an answer. Dan Hinderland set up a Heseltine goal at the 7:26 mark, putting Mercyhurst back on top. Cory Becker then found Thomson for his second goal with 59 seconds left in the half, sending the Lakers into halftime with momentum and a two-goal margin.

Neither team had much luck offensively in the third period. LEC scored at the 10:19 mark to pull within a goal, but Becker drove and scored inside with 7:10 to play, giving the hosts a 6-4 lead. The game continued into the fourth frame with the same score.

Lake Erie found the back of the net with 13:56 showing on the clock, making it a 6-5 game. McAndrew followed with an assist to Thomson at the 11:07 mark, giving the Lakers some breathing room. LEC tried to rally, but the Laker defense stifled the Storm attack and the Laker offense possessed the ball. Heseltine found Deven Alves for a goal with 1:08 to go, finally putting away the Storm.

Thomson recorded a hat trick. Heseltine tallied two goals and an assist. Becker registered a goal and a helper, while McAndrew dished out two assists. McAvoy went 10-17 on faceoffs and collected nine ground balls. Grace came up with seven saves in goal.

The Lakers held LEC to five goals, its second-fewest this year. The Storm had scored at least 13 goals in every other ECAC match this season.

Mercyhurst finished the regular season with a 12-2 record, including a 10-game winning streak. The Lakers and Lake Erie both went 6-1 in the ECAC, sharing the league title, but Mercyhurst will host the ECAC Tournament due to its head-to-head victory.

Coach Chris Ryan's squad will host Seton Hill on Friday, May 2. Lake Erie will face Wheeling Jesuit the same day, with the winners squaring off for the ECAC Championship on Sunday, May 4. All three matches will be held at Tullio Field. Check hurstathletics.com for further game information in the coming days.


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