Wood Leads Mercy Past Post

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 2, 2014) Junior Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) totaled a career-high 10 points to lead Mercy to a 16-7 victory over Post on Wednesday afternoon. Mercy improves to 7-3 with the win while Post drops to 3-8.

Wood wasted no time in getting onto the score sheet as he took a pass from senior Ryan Elfeld (Long Beach, N.Y./Jacksonville Univ.) and put it into the back of the net just 1:22 into the game. Post equalized on a long-distance effort barely a minute later, but Mercy took control from there as Wood had a hand in four straight unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead with 4:23 left in the first quarter.

The Mavericks rode a 4-2 advantage in the second quarter to lead 10-4 at halftime and, after each team scored once in a quiet third, Mercy rattled off four more unanswered goals to stretch the lead to double digits at 15-5 with 7:52 remaining. Post would get two back before Mercy capped the game on a final tally with 48 seconds left for the 16-7 final score.

Wood scored six goals (three unassisted) and made four assists, including on the game-winner by junior Zack Haun (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East Senior), to extend his Division II lead in points per game With the Mavericks' midfielder decimated by injury, junior transfer Lucas Sarmiento (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Suffolk County CC) stepped up to record a hat trick while Haun and sophomore Danny Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) recorded two points on a goal and assist apiece.

Graduate student Kevin Glueckert (Bethpage, N.Y./Univ. at Albany), senior Zack Zangle (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon), sophomore Connor McLachlan (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) and freshmen Ross Schnitzer (Scarsdale, N.Y./Loyola Univ. Md.) and Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) each scored once while junior Stephen Dunne (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) and freshman Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) assisted once each.

Glueckert maintained his No. 3 national ranking in faceoff percentage going 14 for 20 and picking up a career-high 12 ground balls. Junior Owen Krezmien (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius College) led the defense with an outstanding eight ground balls and three caused turnovers, which were matched by Schnitzer and Zangle. Sophomore A.J. Pellati (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) made six saves to earn the win in the cage, while senior Mike Cashman (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) displayed some late-game acrobatics with five saves on six shots in the final seven minutes.


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