Griffins Use Last-Second Heroics to Defeat Immaculata

IMMACULATA, PA. - Five fourth-quarter goals including the game-winner with 9.1 seconds in regulation helped spark Gwynedd-Mercy to a big 10-9 CSAC victory at Immaculata on Saturday.

Sophomore Nick Hummel (Verona, Wisc./Middleton) was credited with the decisive scoring tally, capping a late rally, as his pass from behind the net into the crease deflected off an IU defender and into the cage.

Hummel, along with sophomores Matt Houk (Vienna, Va./Bishop O'Connell), Stefan Hetland (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley), and freshman Mason Risner (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) all had two goals apiece.

A close game for both opponents, Gwynedd (7-4, 2-2 CSAC) didn't take its first lead of the game until Hummel's goal in the closing seconds. GM's biggest deficit was 7-4 late in the third quarter. The Griffins tied it at 9-9 with just 1:33 left as Hetland set up Risner for the equalizer.

GM out-shot the Mighty Macs, 28-22, including 12-4 in the final quarter alone.

John Cacchio led IU (7-5, 2-3 CSAC) with a game-high six points (4 goals/2 assists).

Gwynedd returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Shenandoah for a CSAC tilt in a 1:00 p.m. start.


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