No. 1 Lakers Celebrate Senior Day with Rout of Battlers

ERIE, Pa.- No. 1 Mercyhurst beat Alderson-Broaddus, 19-5, Sunday afternoon at Tullio Field. The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) victory is the 30th straight regular season win for the Lakers.

Coming off an emotional win over #9 Dowling on Saturday, Mercyhurst looked to celebrate senior day in style. Eleven different Lakers scored as the home team tried 69 shots-the most by a Laker unit since at least 2004.

Brady Heseltine got things started with a goal at the 13:18 mark. James Rogan assisted on the score. Alderson-Broaddus answered with a goal with 12 minutes left. Mercyhurst scored the next five goals and assumed control of the conference match. Brian Scheetz, one of nine seniors honored before the game, assisted on two straight goals. Heseltine scored at the 9:28 mark and then Ryan Sullivan found the back of the net with 7:47 to go in the first quarter.

Jake McAndrew followed with a goal and then Brandon Thomson assisted on Heseltine's third goal. Trevor Vargo then found Chris Dale for a goal with 3:09 remaining for a 6-1 advantage. A-B closed the period with goal to chip away at the deficit.

In the second frame, Joe Shepherd scored 2:02 in and then the Battlers got back on the board a few minutes later. With 5:04 to play in the half, Cory Becker scored. Thomson then hit Phil Brind'Amour for a score at the 2:37 mark and Becker finished the first-half scoring with an unassisted goal late. Mercyhurst headed into the break with a 10-3 lead.

Thomson assisted on another Becker score early in the third. A-B came back with a goal less than a minute later. Shepherd scored with 4:34 showing on the clock and then Scheetz found McAndrew for a man-up goal. With time running out in the period, Connor Enright scored to make it 14-4.

Dan Hinderland scored twice in a one-minute span, recording his first two goals of the season, to open the fourth quarter. After another Battler goal, Mark Saltrelli passed to Thomson, who scored with 10:13 left. Enright scored later and then Matt Condon hit Alex Torpey for the last goal of the day with 16 seconds to play.

Heseltine and Becker each had three goals, while McAndrew, Shepherd, and Enright had two apiece. Thomson totaled a goal and three assists. Scheetz dished out three assists as well. Rogan picked up eight ground balls, while Walter Rodenhouse grabbed four and caused three turnovers.

The Lakers attempted 69 shots to 16 for A-B. Mercyhurst collected 56 ground balls and won 23-28 faceoffs. A-B goalie Jordan Hayes made 24 saves in defeat.

Mercyhurst improved to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the ECAC. A-B is now 0-9 overall and 0-4 in the league.

The nine Laker seniors recognized prior to the game were James Chayka, Dan Cuddy, Kyle Lindsay, Peter Plaskey, Zac Reid, Rodenhouse, Brent Rotz, Saltrelli, and Scheetz. The group won its 50th career game at Mercyhurst Sunday.

The Lakers have now won their last 30 regular season outings, along with victories in their last 18 regular season home contests. They hit the road for their final three games of the regular season, beginning with a trip to #6 LIU-Post on Saturday, April 13. Faceoff is set for 1:00 p.m. in the non-conference contest.

2013-04-07



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