No. 1 Mercyhurst Dispatches No. 11 Chestnut Hill

Erie, PA (3/3/2012) Chestnut Hill was first on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal from junior defenseman Tom Carfagna (Laurys Station, PA), but the high-powered attack of #1 Mercyhurst quickly responded and protected their home field to the tune of a 17-5 East Coast Conference (ECC) final. Sophomore attack Mike Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) scored twice and Carfagna hustled to three ground balls and caused two turnovers in addition to his tally.

Less than two minutes into the affair (13:07), Carfagna gave Chestnut Hill College (1-1, 1-1) the early advantage, 1-0, over the Mercyhurst College (2-0, 1-0). The Lakers were quick to respond, evening the score with a goal from sophomore attack Deven Alves (Canandaigua, NY) at 11:49, 1-1, and taking the lead two minutes later (9:57) with a man-up goal, 2-1.

The Lakers notched two more scores by the end of the opening quarter to stake a 4-1 lead by the first break. Alves collected his third point of the contest by locating a teammate for the first goal of the second quarter and extending the Laker lead to 5-1 at 13:11. Junior midfielder Mike Duddy (Toms River, NJ) made it 5-2 at 10:59, but two more Lakers scores made it 7-2 at halftime.

Using the momentum at home the Lakers outscored the Griffins 5-0 in the third quarter to hold a 12-2 advantage heading to the final period. Melnychenko would strike twice in the final frame for the Griffins, but with five more scores the Lakers comfortably collected the ECC victory.

Alves totaled six points, leading the Lakers with four goals and two assists. Other significant contributions came from senior midfielder Gregory Bensman (West Seneca, NY) and junior attack Brian Scheetz (Canandaigua, NY). Bensman totaled two goals, an assist, four ground balls, and four caused turnovers, while Scheetz offered a goal, three assists, and a ground ball. In the faceoff circle, sophomore Mitch McAvoy (Sherwood Park, Alberta) was 13 of 16 (81.3%) while sophomore goalkeeper Michael Grace (Warwick, NY) made three saves to collect the win (1-0).

Freshman midfielder Chris Mertens (Freeport, NY) was responsible for the Griffins fifth goal. Sophomore midfielder Sean Johnsen (Toms River, NJ) was 4 of 15 (26.7%) in the faceoff circle while collecting two ground balls. Junior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) was active in goal for the Griffins; he totaled 16 saves and recovered a ground ball in the losing effort (1-1).

The men's lacrosse team returns to campus to host Assumption College in their home opener, a 1:00 p.m. contest is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6.


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