Fourteen Players Score, as No.1 Mercyhurst Routs Walsh

ERIE, Pa.- No. 1 Mercyhurst won, 20-2, over Walsh Sunday afternoon. Fourteen different Lakers scored in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) match at Tullio Field.

Mercyhurst looked to jump early and roll from there. It did just that, scoring the first nine goals of the day. Brady Heseltine scored with 10:23 to play in the first period, opening the floodgates. Matt Condon fired a fastball past the Walsh the goalie just 31 seconds later. Condon finished a Brian Scheetz assist for a 3-0 lead with 9:08 remaining.

James Chayka passed to Deven Alves, who scored for a 4-0 advantage. Jake McAndrew followed with a goal and then assisted on Heseltine's second score. Scheetz dished out assists to Zac Reid and McAndrew for an 8-0 margin late in the frame. E.J. Sellie found Heseltine for a score just seven seconds after McAndrew's goal.

The pace slowed in the second quarter, with neither side scoring for the first eight minutes of action. The Cavaliers got on the board with 6:38 left in the period. Mason Axline followed with another goal less than two minutes later. The Lakers answered with three goals to close the half. McAndrew, Brandon Thomson, and Scheetz all scored to make it 12-2 at the break.

In the second half, Connor Enright scored from Brent Rotz with 11:07 to play. Matt Scharr then scored and then Enright found the back of the net again, going up 15-2 at the 6:54 mark. Phil Brind'Amour and Joe Gravino each scored to end the third period. Rotz, Chris Dale, and Alex Torpey each scored in the fourth quarter, creating the final margin.

McAndrew led with three goals and an assist, while Heseltine posted a hat trick. Scheetz had a goal and four assists. Enright had two goals and a helper and Reid, Thomson, Dale, Rotz, and Scharr all recorded a goal and an assist. Michael Grace made a save in the first quarter before giving way to Tyler Nash. Nash played the last three periods, making six stops.

As a team, the Lakers outshot Walsh, 52-13. They also won 24-26 faceoffs and converted on 5-10 man-up chances. The 20 goals are the most by a Laker team since May 8, 2010, when Mercyhurst beat Dominican (NY), 20-13.

The Lakers now sport a 27-game regular season winning streak and have also won 16 consecutive regular season home games. In 2013, they are 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

Mercyhurst hosts Wheeling Jesuit in another ECAC contest on Saturday, March 30. Faceoff is scheduled for noon at Tullio Field.

2013-03-24



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