March 13, 2011

Tough Nut: Chesnut Hill Cracks No. 2 Mercyhurst in Overtime, 8-7

from press release

- The second-ranked Mercyhurst College men's lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday afternoon, falling to East Coast Conference foe Chestnut Hill, 8-7, in overtime in Philadelphia, Pa. The Lakers fall to 3-1 on the season, 1-1 in ECC action, while the Mavericks improve to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in league play.

Chestnut Hill overcame a two-goal deficit in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Lakers 4-1 to take a 7-6 lead with just over a minute to play. Mercyhurst rallied in that final stretch, evening the score at seven when senior Andy Winslow connected off a pass from sophomore James Chayka with seven seconds to play.

Both teams then went back and forth in overtime before Mike Landau sealed the upset win for the home team with an unassisted score at the 2:46 mark.

Mercyhurst controlled play through the first three quarters, rolling out to leads of 3-0 after the first and 3-2 at the break. Sophomore Ian Wild started a three-goal run in the first when he struck just 23 seconds in. Winslow followed suit at 9:34, and Wild connected again with his second of the game at 2:14.

Chestnut Hill accounted for the only goals of the second, making it a 3-2 game at the break.

The Lakers opened the second half with back-to-back goals. Sophomore Zac Reid took Winslow's feed and beat the Maverick netminder at 13:19 of the third while junior Kyle Kallay got in on the act at the 8:49 mark, giving the Lakers a three-goal edge again.

The Mavericks, however, closed the gap and started a four-goal run that led the teams into the fourth when Mark Winkelspecht beat senior Zach Nash with 3:52 showing on the clock.

Mercyhurst finished the game with a 42-28 advantage in shots and committed two less turnovers than the home team, 19-17. Nash suffered the loss in goal with seven saves while Dakota Maurer earned the win with 13 stops, including one in overtime.

Winslow and Wild combined for four goals in the game, with Winslow also adding an assist for three points. Sophomore Brian Scheetz dished out three assists, Reid scored a goal and added a helper, and Kallay and senior Kevin Coholan each scored once.

Mercyhurst returns to action this weekend when its hosts ECC opponent Mercy on Saturday, Mar. 19 at Tullio Field.

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