No. 1 Mercyhurst Rallies Late, Nips No. 2 Limestone in Overtime

In the fourth quarter, McAndrew scored with 11:05 to go, getting the Lakers even again. Ternosky then took matters into his own hands, winning the draw and scoring five seconds later. Ternosky was called for a penalty on the next faceoff, setting up the Lakers. Scheetz assisted on yet another Reid goal to make it 13-all with 10:48 to go. Nakasuji then scored two goals in a row 15 seconds apart. Chayka found Alves and then McAndrew finished a Scheetz pass to even the score again.

Reid finished with a career-high seven goals. It's the most by a Laker since 2009, when Cameron McLean scored seven times against Dominican (NY). Scheetz totaled a goal and six assists. Alves and McAndrew each had a hat trick, while Chayka posted two goals and an assist. Heseltine added a goal and an assist. Grace made 12 saves in goal. Rich paced the Saints with three goals and three assists, while Dzwilewski compiled 13 stops in net.

Mercyhurst improved to 18-0 in 2013 and will face Le Moyne in the NCAA Championship on Sunday, May 26, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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ERIE, Pa. Neither team would give up or go away. It came down to who scored last. No. 2 Limestone (16-2, 6-0 CC) could not withstand a late rally from No. 1 Mercyhurst (18-0, 7-0 ECAC), which recovered from a two-goal deficit in the final minute of regulation before earning an 18-17 overtime victory that sends them to the NCAA Division II championship game.

Following numerous ties and lead changes, a two goal burst by junior attack Todd Nakasuji (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) with 10:08 remaining left Limestone with what would seem to be an insurmountable 15-13 lead in a game such as this. However, Mercyhurst came right back with back-to-back scores as Deven Alves (8:21) and Jake McAndrew (6:39) brought it back even at 15-15.

As had become common with ties in the game it would not last. Within less than a minute, freshman midfielder Reid Reinholdt (Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada) drilled home the go-ahead goal at 5:51 and was followed just 49 seconds later by senior attack Corey Rich (Sacramento, Calif.) off a pass from senior attack Riley Loewen (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) to make it 17-15.

Limestone then stepped up the defensive intensity as they held MU scoreless until the final minute of regulation. For that final minute, however, the Lakers got it done on offense. Zac Reid delivered his seventh goal of the game with 58 seconds on the clock to close to within 17-16.

Following that goal, the 'Hurst capitalized on a Saints turnover deep in the MU zone with just 13 seconds remaining. James Chayka then raced downfield and converted on a quick shot with four seconds left to tie the game at 17-17 and force an unlikely overtime.

That goal would be crucial. Senior faceoff specialist Jake Ternosky (LaFayette, N.Y.) won the opening faceoff of sudden victory overtime and charged down the field, nearly ending the game on a quick shot of his own. Following that impressive save, Mercyhurst, which faced a similar situation in last week's 10-9 overtime victory over No. 10 Lake Erie, cleared the ball to midfield before taking a timeout.

Out of that break, whatever play MU coach Chris Ryan designed was executed to perfection as the Lakers worked the ball around the offensive zone before it landed in the stick of Deven Alves. It would leave his stick one last time as he found the back of the net on his own at 2:56 to lock up a improbable 18-17 overtime victory and send Mercyhurst to the NCAA Division II National Championship Game for the second time in three seasons.

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2013-05-18



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