February 25, 2012

Duddy Sends Chestnut Hill Past No. 9 Mercy

from press release

– Today's season opener was even at every turn as Chestnut Hill College and, East Coast Conference (ECC) rival, No. 9 Mercy College were knotted at every break. Junior midfielder Mike Duddy (Toms River, NJ) finally broke the stalemate with an unassisted game-winner a little more than a minute into the third overtime period (69:07), 7-6. He was one of three Griffins to record at least two goals in the contest.

After the first period the ECC opponents were tied at 1-1, at halftime it was 3-3, after three periods it reached 5-5, and heading to the first overtime was all equal at 6-6. Junior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, PA) ended the first half with an unassisted goal, 3-3, and then opened the second half with a man-up tally, 4-3; this time finding the net off the feed of junior forward Shane Morlock (Whitby, Ontario) to give Chestnut Hill College (1-0, 1-0) the upper hand against Mercy College (0-1, 0-1).

The Mavericks managed to answer with two unassisted scores, stealing the lead, 5-4, with a little more than five minutes to play in the third quarter (5:43), but Morlock located sophomore attack Mike Melnychenko (St. Catharines) with 1:33 remaining in the third quarter to even the contest back up, 5-5.

The Mavericks struck first in the last frame of regulation, with junior midfielder Alex Martello (Towaco, NJ) finding senior midfielder Craig Blom (Port Jefferson Station, NY) with 11:34 to play, but again Melnychenko provided the Griffins answer as he forced overtime with his second goal of the game coming off the feed of sophomore attack Kevin Sonderschafer (Warrington, PA), 6-6. Eight minutes of scoreless overtime play brought the contest to a third extra frame, where Duddy netted the game-winner 69:07 after the opening faceoff.

Martello totaled a goal, two assists, and a ground ball to lead the Mavericks. He was supported my junior midfielder John Lionetti (Port Jefferson Station, NY), who controlled the faceoff circle (12-of-16, 75.0%) and recovered ten ground balls. Junior goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, NY) made 14 saves and collected a ground ball in the loss (0-1).

Duddy led the Griffins victorious effort with two goals and five ground balls. Owen, Melnychenko, and Morlock helped on the offensive end with multi-point performances while junior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) earned the win (1-0) with ten saves and a ground ball. Freshman midfielder Chris Mertens (Freeport, NY) contributed four ground balls and four faceoff wins (4-of-16, 25.0%).

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