Mercer Defeats Boston University in Terriers' Debut

MACON, Ga. - The Boston University men's lacrosse program made history on Saturday at Mercer when the Terriers played their inaugural Division I game. Despite two goals and an assist from freshman Pat Myers (Bethesda, Md.), BU lost, 17-6, at Mercer University Stadium.

BU (0-1) finished the first quarter only trailing Mercer (1-0), 2-1, thanks to Myers scoring the first goal in program history. Freshman Cal Dearth's first collegiate goal tied the tilt, 2-2, and BU was within 4-3 in the second quarter.

Clay Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.), Adam Schaal (Collegeville, Pa.) and James Clarke (Manhasset, N.Y.) also scored their first collegiate goals while classmate Brady Wulster (Wyckoff, N.J.) added an assist. Freshmen Christian Carson-Banister started the game in goal for the Terriers and made five saves while classmate Tyler Zickel also saw time between the pipes. BU made the most of its man-up opportunities, finishing a perfect 2 of 2. The Terriers were also strong on clearing attempts, going 8 of 9.

Freshman Sam Talkow (Delray Beach, Fla.) began the new era on a positive note by winning the opening faceoff. He won his first eight faceoffs and finished the contest 15 of 21 at the faceoff X. He also collected a game-high 12 ground balls. BU got several good looks on its opening possession, but the game remained scoreless until Mercer's Chris Baxa found the back of the net with 7:37 remaining in the first quarter. The Bears then added a goal with 2:00 to play in the opening stanza.

Myers added to the list of firsts by scoring the Terriers' first-ever goal with nine seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Terriers maintained their momentum as Dearth tied the game, 2-2, just 42 seconds into the next frame. After Mercer scored twice to take a 4-2 lead, Myers recorded the Terriers' first man-up goal to cut the deficit to 4-3. However, the Bears rattled off four straight goals to take an 8-3 lead into halftime.

Mercer opened the second half with a goal before Clarke took a Myers feed to convert a man-up chance and make it a 9-4 game. Facing a 12-4 deficit entering the fourth quarter, Phillips scored a man-down goal to begin the final 15 minutes. Schaal concluded the scoring for the Terriers thanks to a nice pass from Wulster with 1:10 remaining in regulation.

In addition to his three points, Myers gathered two ground balls. Freshman Alec Hoag also had two ground balls to help BU collect 26 as a team. The Terriers caused five turnovers, led by freshman Greg Wozniak with two.

BU will host its home opener at Nickerson Field next Saturday (Feb. 15) against Canisius. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m.

2014-02-08



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