Mercy Overwhelmed by Third-Ranked Mercyhurst

The Mercy College men's lacrosse team hung tough for the first 30 minutes of the game but was eventually overwhelmed by the third-ranked team in the country, Mercyhurst College, 17-4. The Mavericks fall to 1-5, including 0-2 in the East Coast Conference, while Mercyhurst improves to 5-0, and 3-0 in the ECC.

For Mercy, the star was freshman goalie T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale), who played brilliantly, making 18 saves, including several from point-blank range.

In the opening quarter, Mercyhurst jumped out to a two-goal lead, before Alex Martello (Montville, N.J./Montville) put the Mavericks on the board. After 15 minutes, The Lakers led 2-1.

Just one minute into the second quarter, Mercyhurst expanded its lead to 3-1, on Michael Sciulli's first of his four goals on the day. Then, Mercy freshman Sean Wallin (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) scored back-to-back goals to knot the score at 3-3 with 10:25 to go in the period. Once again, DiCarlo made several big stops to keep the score tied, but eventually Mercyhurst broke through once again, and led 4-3 at the half.

The second half, though, was a different story. Mercyhurst scored six unanswered goals in the third, and scored seven more times in the fourth. Wallin added his third of the game in the final period for the 17-4.

Mercy next hosts Dowling on Wednesday, March 24, at 4:00 p.m. at SUNY Purchase.

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PURCHASE, N.Y. The third-ranked Mercyhurst College men's lacrosse team scored 13 goals in the second half to break open a 4-3 game and defeat East Coast Conference opponent Mercy, 17-4, on Saturday afternoon in Purchase, N.Y. With the victory, the Lakers improve to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.

Mercyhurst turned aside the upset-minded Mavericks by opening the third quarter with a 10-goal run, sparked by multiple goals from Tyler Burton and Michael Sciulli. Burton chipped in three goals and added an assist, while Sciulli scored three of his game-high four goals during the rush.

The Lakers saw their streak end when Mercy's Sean Wallin completed his hat trick at the 5:49 mark of the fourth, making it a 14-4 game.

Overall, seven different players got on the stat sheet in the second half, with Kyle Kallay netting two goals and Cameron McLean, Kyle Lindsay, Dana Moore, Johnny Pawluk and Brian Scheetz each finding the back of the net once.

Mercyhurst outshot Mercy 43-20 for the game, improving its shot total by 26 after holding a 17-11 edge at the end of the first half, when both teams were separated by just a goal.

The Lakers led 2-1 in the first quarter despite being outshot, 8-7. Brett McClelland and Kyle Plante built the visitors a 2-0 advantage before Alex Martello got Mercy on the scoreboard with less than six minute to play.

Sciulli put MC up by two again to begin the second, but back-to-back strikes from Wallin would even wipe out the effort and even the slate at 3-3.

McLean closed out the first half with his first of the game, making it a 4-3 contest at the 2:59 mark.

Zach Nash recorded the win and moved his record to 5-0 with six saves and four goals allowed. He is now 5-0 on the season.

Mercyhurst returns home next weekend to host ECC foe Seton Hill on Saturday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m.

2010-03-20



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