Top-Ranked Mercyhurst Slips Past No. 12 C.W. Post

ERIE, Pa. (March 31, 2012) No.1-ranked Mercyhurst stayed unbeaten as it rallied to defeat No. 12 C.W. Post, 8-5, Saturday afternoon in an East Coast Conference men's lacrosse clash.

Mercyhurst improves its record to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play. C.W. Post slips to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the ECC.

Kyle Kallay led the Lakers in scoring with three goals while Brian Scheetz added a pair. Senior attacker Eddie Plompen (West Islip, N.Y.) led the Pioneers with a hat trick of his own, while senior attacker Doug Hoch (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Connor Drost (Wading River, N.Y.) each scored a goal.

The Pioneers scored the game's first goal in the first quarter when Drost found the open shot at 10:43.

Mercyhurst matched that with a goal from Kallay at 4:11. The Lakers took the lead with a goal from Mark Saltrelli at 3:08 and closed out the quarter with a goal from Zac Reid with six seconds left to play to lead 3-1.

The second quarter stayed relatively quiet in scoring until the Lakers scored on a goal from Scheetz at 6:08.

The Pioneers answered with back-to-back goals from Plompen at 5:10 and 4:04 that cut the lead to 4-3. And with 39 seconds remaining in the quarter, Hoch found the back of the net on a feed from Drost to tie the game at 4-4.

In the third quarter, Scheetz scored his second goal of the game at 11:08 to give Mercyhurst a 5-4 lead. The Pioneers knotted the score up at 5-5 when Plompen scored his third goal at 7:36 on a pass from junior attacker Justin Patterson (Corning, N.Y.).

Mercyhurst took the lead back with 3:48 to play when Kallay zipped a shot into the threads on a pass from Jake Mcandrew.

Kallay's shooting stayed hot going into the fourth quarter as he scored after the Lakers won the opening face-off with Scheetz assisting on the play.

Mercyhurst scored the game's final goal with 1:03 to play on a man-up opportunity from Matt Hummel.

Michael Grace made four saves in goal for the Lakers while freshman Sam Price (Glenville, Pa.) made seven stops in goal for the Pioneers. Freshman defender Justin Woodley (Bloomington, Minn.) recorded three caused turnovers for the Pioneers.

The Lakers finished the game outshooting the Pioneers, 34-17. C.W. Post held a 23-22 advantage on ground balls.

C.W. Post returns for another trip out west, this time to Ohio to play Lake Erie College on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.

2012-03-31



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