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Le Moyne Withstands Late Laker Surge to Capture Div. II Title
Photos are by Ben and James Mackey
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- The #1 Mercyhurst men's lacrosse team fell, 11-10, to #3 Le Moyne in an exciting NCAA Championship Sunday afternoon. The Lakers rallied from an 11-5 fourth-quarter deficit and hit the post twice in the final minutes in search of the tying goal.
Le Moyne jumped out to a 5-2 lead before Mercyhurst scored three times to even the score at halftime. The Dolphins dominated the third period, going ahead, 10-5. The Lakers responded in the fourth, scoring five times to claw back into the match. After pulling within one with 2:49 remaining, Mercyhurst shot five times, ringing the iron on two tries as it desperately attempted to even the score.
Scheetz drilled the top bar with 1:51 to go and after a Le Moyne turnover, McAndrew hit the post with 44 seconds showing on the clock. Shots by Zac Reid and McAndrew went wide as time ran out and the Dolphins celebrated their first NCAA title since 2007. Andrew Chadderdon scored with 12:15 left in the fourth, giving Le Moyne an 11-5 advantage.
The Lakers then tried to get back in the contest. McAndrew found Heseltine for a goal with 11:21 to play. Scheetz followed with a blast from in close to cut the deficit again. Heseltine finished a James Chayka pass with 7:52 left, making it 11-8. Just over a minute later, Trevor Vargo found Ian Brooks, who found the back of the net to inch the Lakers closer. McAndrew pulled Mercyhurst within one at the 2:49 mark, setting up the frantic finish.
The Dolphins scored 12 seconds into the game, but Deven Alves got the Lakers on the board with 10:52 to go in the first. Chayka put Mercyhurst up, 2-1, 36 seconds later. Nate Frechette followed with two straight goals in 1:12 span, putting the Dolphins back on top. Another Le Moyne goal late in the frame made it 4-2.
The offenses slowed in the second period, with neither team scoring in the first eight minutes of action. At the 6:13 mark, Tyler Prevost stretched the Le Moyne lead to 5-2. After another fruitless possession, Heseltine came up with a big steal near midfield, setting up McAndrew for a breakaway goal with 4:45 remaining in the half. Mitch McAvoy won the ensuing faceoff and ran in for a goal just five seconds later. After another McAvoy faceoff win, Chayka tied the match at the 3:12 mark. Mercyhurst would not score for the next 21:51 of play.
The game was tied at the half, marking the third straight NCAA Tournament game that featured an even halftime score for the Lakers.
Chayka led with two goals and two assists. Heseltine and McAndrew each had two goals and a helper. The Lakers outshot the Dolphins, 44-32, and had a 34-28 edge in ground balls. McAvoy went 14-22 on faceoffs and Mercyhurst forced 15 Dolphin turnovers.
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