No. 2 Mercyhurst Upended by No. 5 C.W. Post

ERIE, Pa. The second-ranked Mercyhurst College men's lacrosse team suffered just its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon, falling to No. 5 C.W. Post, 11-9, on senior day at Tullio Field. With the loss, the Lakers drop to 12-1 overall and 8-1 in East Coast Conference play. C.W. Post, meanwhile, improves to 13-1 on the season and 8-1 in ECC action.

An early first-quarter outburst was all the Pioneers needed in dealing the Lakers their first loss since Apr. 18, 2009, and first at home since Mar. 10, 2007.

C.W. Post commanded play in the opening stanza, jumping out to a 4-1 lead. Mike Messina scored two of his three goals to put the Pioneers out in front, 2-0, before Eddie Plompen struck to make it a three-goal advantage.

Junior Kevin Coholan broke up the run on a man-up opportunity at the 1:15 mark, but an unassisted strike from Kevin Patterson less than 30 seconds later restored the three-goal cushion leading into the second.

Despite the first quarter, Mercyhurst outscored C.W. Post, 8-7, through the rest of the game.

Both teams traded goals in the second to take a 6-3 score into halftime. Messina and Plompen continued to find the back of the net, scoring at 14:10 and 1:26, while seniors Todd Richardson and Michael Sciulli added tallies at the 12:02 and 1:26 marks.

C.W. Post got the upper hand in the third quarter, holding a 3-2 edge, before Mercyhurst made a late run in the fourth.

After an exchange of scores within the first four minutes, the Lakers put together back-to-back goals from senior Tyler Burton and Coholan to make it a two-goal game with under three minutes to play. However, following a pair of rushes at goal by both teams, C.W. Post gained possession and ran out the remaining 30 seconds.

Offensively for Mercyhurst, Coholan led the way with four goals and an assist. Richardson scored twice, Burton and Sciulli each added a goal and an assist apiece, and junior Matt Scherer recorded his first collegiate goal.

Junior Zach Nash suffered his first loss at Mercyhurst, turning aside 11 shots. Mike Giordano got the win for C.W. Post with 11 stops. Mercyhurst outshot C.W. Post, 43-33, for the game.

C.W. Post held a 37-30 advantage in ground balls and went 2 for 4 on man-up opportunities. Mercyhurst finished 2 for 3 with a Pioneer in the penalty box.

Mercyhurst concludes its 2010 schedule next weekend, when the Lakers take on Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday, May 8, in Orangeburg, N.Y.

Notes: Mercyhurst honored its 14 graduating seniors prior to its game with C.W. Post. The class of 2010, which consists of seniors Derek Pino, Chris Eline, Luke Prattico, Todd Richardson, Zach Manuel, Johnny Pawluk, Tyler Burton, Michael Dugan, Michael Sciulli, C.J. Blanchard, Kyle Plante, Charles Saylor, Brett Sumbrum and Anthony Spencer, combined to play in 531 games with 180 goals, 106 assists, 286 points, 565 ground balls, 126 caused turnovers and 228 faceoffs wins.

2010-05-02



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