No. 9 Mercyhurst Throttles Ohio Valley

ERIE, Pa.- The #9 Mercyhurst men's lacrosse team rolled to a 19-1 win over Ohio Valley Sunday afternoon. Ten Lakers scored in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) match.

Mercyhurst grabbed an early lead and never looked back Sunday. Brandon Thomson scored the first two goals of the day and then Matt Condon found Jake McAndrew for a 3-0 lead with 6:53 left in the opening period. Trevor Vargo scored and then Brady Heseltine hit Thomson for his third score of the quarter with 1:34 to go. McAndrew closed the first with a goal with 32 seconds remaining, giving the Lakers a 6-0 advantage.

Thomson assisted on a Deven Alves goal early in the second quarter and Heseltine followed with a helper to Dan Hinderland. Kenny Nelson scored at the 1:04 mark, as Kevin Vaughn set him up, allowing Mercyhurst to enter the half ahead, 9-0.

OVU scored to start the third frame, but the Lakers quickly answered. Alves scored with 11:43 to play and then McAndrew hit Thomson for an 11-1 lead with 10:19 showing on the clock. Derek Richards set up Hinderland's second score a few minutes later and then Chad Levick finished a Keyan McQueen pass for a 13-1 difference. Joe Shephard assisted on a James Crowe goal and then scored himself. John Plaskey capped the third with a goal from Richards, putting the hosts up, 16-1.

In the fourth, Nelson scored twice and Crowe picked up his second score of the contest.

Thomson totaled four goals and an assist. Nelson scored the first three goals of his Laker career. McAndrew posted two goals and two assists, while Alves, Crowe, and Hinderland had two goals and a helper apiece. Shephard added a goal and two assists and Heseltine and Richards each dished out two assists. Michael Grace got the win, making four saves while playing the first half in net. Tyler Nash and Matt Wells both saw time in the second half. Benjamin Brooks won 11-12 faceoffs.

Mercyhurst outshot Ohio Valley, 52-14, and collected 32 ground balls to 12 for the Fighting Scots. The Lakers won 17-24 faceoffs and went 3-5 on man-up chances. The 19 goals are a season high for the Lakers, while the one goal allowed represents a season-low total.

Mercyhurst improved to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the ECAC. OVU fell to 1-12 overall and 1-5 in the conference. The Lakers host LIU Post on Saturday, April 12, at Tullio Field.

2014-04-06



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