No. 4 Mercyhurst Pitches Shutout at St. Andrews

LAURINBURG, N.C. - The No. 4 nationally ranked Mercyhurst College men's lacrosse team outshot host St. Andrews Presbyterian College 47-8 en route to an 18-0 win at Knights Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman attackman Brian Scheetz (Canandaigua, N.Y.) had a memorable collegiate debut with a team-high six points for the Lakers (1-0). Sheetz recorded a hat trick and providing three assists.

St. Andrews (0-2) kept the score close in the first quarter holding Mercyhurst to just two goals in the opening 15 minutes but the Lakers exploded for six goals in the second and eight more in the third. In a slow paced fourth quarter, Mercyhurst matched its goal total from the first to finish with 18 total markers.

Eleven Lakers scored including a four-point performance from junior Trevor Rice (Fairport, N.Y.), who notched a hat trick and one assists. Seniors Todd Richardson (Memphis, N.Y.) and Michael Sciulli (Pittsburg, Pa.), along with sophomore Kyle Kallay (Orangeville, Canada) all found the back of the net twice. Sciulli had three points with one assist. Freshman James Chayka (Syracuse, N.Y.) added a goal and a helper.

Mercyhurst dominated in all areas of the game taking more shots, 47-8, and picking up more ground balls, 49-18. The Lakers won 15 of 22 face offs and scored on 50-percent (4 of 8) of their extra-man opportunities. SAPC was unable to score on its only EMO.

Junior goalkeeper Zach Nash (Rochester, N.Y.) picked up the win making two saves in the first 37 minutes. Classmate backup Michael Jeschawitz (Watertown, N.Y.) also made two stops.

SAPC junior starting netminder Patrick Wade (West Windsor, N.J.) took the loss playing majority of the game. Wade had 10 saves while freshman Kyle Davitt (Shoreview, Minn.) finished with six stops between the pipes.

Sophomore Chris Michela (Oak Hill, Va.) and freshman Bobby Murray (Miami, Fla.) accounted for half of the Knights shots with two apiece. Michela might have had the best scoring chance for the Royal Blue & White, but his shot midway through the second quarter just missed clanking off the post.

St. Andrews hosts No. 7 Dowling College on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

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LAURINSBURG, N.C. The fourth-ranked Mercyhurst College men's lacrosse team opened its 2010 season with an 18-0 shutout of St. Andrew's Tuesday afternoon at Knights Field in Laurinsburg, N.C. The Lakers, who improve to 10-0 in season-opening games under the direction of head coach Chris Ryan, outshot the Knights 47-8 and recorded their first shutout in program history.

Mercyhurst saw 11 Lakers find the back of the net, and 15 players total points.

Freshman Brian Scheetz led the offense with six points in his collegiate debut. Scheetz scored three goals and added three assists to become the first Mercyhurst player to score six points in a season-opener since Dustin Stewart and Jason Lappies netted six apiece in a 21-4 win over Queens (N.C.) March 2, 2005.

Senior Trevor Rice scored a hat trick and added an assist for four points, while classmate Michael Sciulli netted two scores and a helper. SophomoreKyle Kallay and senior Todd Richardson tallied two goals apiece, and senior Tyler Burton and freshman James Chayka each added a goal and an assist.

Senior Kyle Plante, junior Dana Moore, sophomore Gregory Bensman and freshman Connor Matrka recorded a goal each, and seniors Anthony Spencer and Charles Saylor and juniors Kevin Coholan and Andy Winslowall netted assists.

Mercyhurst controlled every aspect of the game, including face-offs (15 for 22), man-up opportunities (4 for 8) and ground balls (49-18). The Lakers built a 2-0 lead in the first quarter before exploding for six in the second and eight in the third to take a 16-0 advantage into the finale.

Junior Zach Nash played 37 minutes in goal and made two saves to earn his first win of the season. Junior Michael Jeschawitz came in relief of Nash midway through the third quarter and made two stops over a span of 14:28. Freshman Cameron Watt closed out the game's final 8:32 facing no shots.

Mercyhurst continues its tour of North Carolina this weekend with a game against Wingate on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2:00 p.m.


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