No. 1 Mercyhurst Hammers Wheeling Jesuit in ECAC Semifinal

ERIE, Pa.- No. 1 Mercyhurst beat Wheeling Jesuit, 14-3, in an ECAC semifinal Friday. Jake McAndrew and Brady Heseltine each scored four goals in the win at Tullio Field. The Lakers advanced to the ECAC championship on Sunday, May 5.

Mercyhurst came out ready to play Friday morning, taking an early lead and controlling the action from there. McAndrew scored at the 10:49 mark and then James Chayka made it 2-0 with 4:56 remaining in the first quarter. McAndrew found the back of the net again a few minutes later, giving the hosts a 3-0 margin after one period.

Chayka scored 1:26 into the second frame before Wheeling finally got on the board. Brian Scheetz finished a Zac Reid assist with 10:41 to play, making it 5-1 Lakers. The Cardinals scored again, but Chayka hit Reid for a goal with 1:32 left, putting Mercyhurst ahead, 6-2, at halftime.

Heseltine got in on the action early in the second half, scoring at the 13:45 mark off a Scheetz pass. McAndrew followed with two goals for a 9-2 advantage. Scheetz continued his assist binge, finding Deven Alves for a score at the 4:44 mark.

Less than a minute later, Scheetz hit Heseltine, who finished again. After a Wheeling goal, Heseltine scored twice more, including a highlight-reel goal over his shoulder late in the third. Cory Becker capped the scoring midway through the fourth quarter.

McAndrew and Heseltine each had four goals, while Scheetz totaled a goal and five assists. Chayka recorded two goals and a helper, while Reid had a goal and an assist. Michael Grace had a strong day in goal, making nine saves.

The Lakers outshot Wheeling, 40-29, and won 13-20 faceoffs in the match.

Wheeling closed its season with an 11-6 record.

Mercyhurst improved to 15-0 and will now play the winner of the Lake Erie-Seton Hill semifinal Friday afternoon. The championship game is slated for a noon start on Sunday, May 5, at Tullio Field.

2013-05-03



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