No. 4 Mercyhurst Sprints Past Alderson Broaddus

PHILIPPI, W. Va.- The #4 Mercyhurst lacrosse team won, 17-3, at Alderson Broaddus Monday afternoon. Brady Heseltine scored four goals to lead a balanced Laker attack in the ECAC match.

Jake McAndrew got the scoring started, putting Mercyhurst up, 1-0, with 11:52 left in the first quarter. Matt Condon tallied the assist. McAndrew hit Heseltine for a goal just eight seconds later for a 2-0 advantage. The Battlers scored a few minutes later, but Trevor Vargo found the back of the net at the 5:10 mark, giving the Lakers a 3-1 lead after a period.

Mercyhurst went off for six goals in the second quarter. Vargo scored his second goal of the day after just 1:11 and then he found Ian Brooks for a 5-1 lead with 9:55 left in the half. McAndrew assisted on a Heseltine man-up score less than a minute later. The seniors reversed roles 55 seconds after that, as McAndrew finished a Heseltine dish. Brooks hit Vargo at the 4:34 mark and then Dan Hinderland passed to Chris Dale, who converted for a 9-1 margin at halftime.

The hosts scored to open the second half, but the Lakers sealed the decision with a 7-0 run. Brooks found Heseltine at the 8:40 mark and then Heseltine scored his second man-up goal of the match with 5:04 remaining in the third. McAndrew scored off a Vargo assist with two seconds left, making it 12-2 entering the fourth frame.

Derek Richards scored twice and then Chad Levick contributed a pair of goals for a 16-2 difference. After a Battler score, Stephen Romas finished a Joe Shepard pass with 1:11 to go, creating the final margin.

Heseltine recorded four goals and an assist. McAndrew and Vargo each put up a hat trick and two assists. Richards finished with two goals and a helper, while Brooks registered a goal and two assists. Levick added two goals and Hinderland dished out a pair of helpers.

James Rogan picked up a team-high six ground balls and Ryan Sullivan posted three caused turnovers. Benjamin Brooks went 9-9 on faceoffs and Mitch McAvoy won 7-9 draws. Michael Grace made three saves while playing the first half in goal. Tyler Nash added a save in the third quarter and Matt Wells recorded two stops in the fourth.

Mercyhurst outshot the Battlers, 52-14, and held a 43-22 advantage in ground balls. The Lakers won 18-23 faceoffs and converted 3-4 man-up tries.

Mercyhurst moved to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the ECAC. It has won seven straight outings. Alderson Broaddus dropped to 0-10 overall and 0-5 in the league. The Lakers play at #11 Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday, April 19, in another ECAC game.


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