Glueckert, Krezmien Propel Mercy Past UDC

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 5, 2014) Kevin Glueckert (Bethpage, N.Y./Albany) and Owen Krezmien (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) starred as Mercy hosted new ECC foe UDC Saturday afternoon. UDC came away with a narrow 8-7 victory to improve to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the ECC, while Mercy is now 7-4 (0-4).

The Firebirds struck first, scoring four minutes into the game, but freshman Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) equalized less than a minute later. Mercy quickly built up a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals over the next 1:36 and, after each team scored with under a minute remaining, took a 4-2 lead into the second quarter.

UDC turned the tables with three unanswered goals in the period to lead 5-4 at halftime and posted a 3-1 advantage in the third quarter to hold a three-goal margin at 8-5.

Glueckert got the rally started with an unassisted tally just 57 seconds into the fourth quarter and, three minutes later, sophomore Connor McLachlan (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) found freshman Chris Lopez (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale), who unleashed a characteristic rocket from long range on a man-up opportunity to make it a one-goal game. Despite creating a number of excellent looks in the final minutes, the Mavericks were unable to get the final goal they needed and fell, 8-7.

Speicher and freshman Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) led the Mavericks with two goals apiece while Glueckert added a goal and assist and junior Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) chipped in with two assists. Junior Zack Haun (West Seneca, N.Y./West Seneca East Senior) notched the other tally for Mercy.

Glueckert improved his faceoff percentage for the season to .714 with a 14 for 18 day, including a perfect 10 for 10 mark in the first half. He added a second consecutive double-digit ground ball game, raking 10, while Krezmien led the defense with an incredible six caused turnovers. Sophomore A.J. Pellati (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) made eight saves in the cage.

2014-04-05



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