Heseltine Nets Four as No. 4 Lakers Sail Past Raiders

ERIE, Pa.- The #4 Mercyhurst lacrosse team beat Roberts Wesleyan, 13-3, Tuesday afternoon at Tullio Field. Brady Heseltine scored four goals, as the Lakers extended their winning streak to nine games.

The Lakers featured a balanced attack in the dominating win. Jake McAndrew scored with 12:14 left in the first quarter. Ian Brooks followed with a goal from Trevor Vargo at the 4:12 mark and then Brandon Thomson assisted on goals by Connor Enright and Vargo late in the opening frame. McAndrew found Brady Heseltine for a goal with 28 seconds to go in the first, making it 5-0 after a period.

In the second quarter, Vargo assisted on a Brett Williams goal with 12:36 left. Less than a minute later, Enright hit Thomson for a 7-0 lead. Heseltine finished an Enright helper for a man-up goal and then E.J. Sellie scored off a Thomson pass, making it 9-0 at the 5:52 mark. The Redhawks finally got on the board with 2:56 to play, sending the match into halftime with the hosts ahead, 9-1.

After an RWC goal to start the second half, Thomson set up another Heseltine score to make it 10-2. Heseltine followed with an assist to McAndrew with 58 seconds left in the third and then Heseltine scooped up a ground ball in front of the net and scored with 1.7 seconds showing on the clock, giving Mercyhurst a 12-2 advantage.

Coach Chris Ryan was able to empty his bench in the fourth period, as a number of younger Lakers saw action. Derek Richards scored at the 5:24 mark to close Laker scoring.

Heseltine finished with four goals and an assist. Thomson recorded a goal and four assists. McAndrew tallied a pair of goals and a helper, while Enright and Vargo each added a goal and two assists. Mitch McAvoy won 8-11 faceoffs and Ryan Sullivan picked up five ground balls. Michael Grace got the win in goal, while Tyler Nash and Matt Wells both saw time in net in the second half.

The Lakers outshot the Redhawks, 36-23, and collected 33 ground balls to 11 for RWC.

Mercyhurst improved to 11-2 this season. Roberts Wesleyan dropped to 6-8. The Lakers host #15 Lake Erie College on Saturday, April 26. The game will serve as the ECAC regular season title match, with the winner earning hosting rights for the ECAC Tournament May 2-4.


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