April 23, 2011

No. 4 Mercyhurst Takes Down No. 1 Limestone

from press release


Mercyhurst goalie Zach Nash made 12 saves, as the Lakers held the nation's No. 1 offense to eight goals Saturday in a 12-8 victory over top-ranked Limestone.

© Lee Weissman

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A six-goal third quarter proved to be the difference as the fourth-ranked Mercyhurst College men's lacrosse team knocked off top-ranked Limestone, 12-8, Saturday afternoon in Alexandria, Va.

The Lakers, who improved to 9-2 on the season, dealt the Saints their first loss of the season and earned their first win over a No. 1-ranked opponent since defeating Dowling 12-4 on Apr. 7, 2007, the same season they advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship game.

Seniors Andy Winslow and Kevin Coholan combined for six of the team's 12 goals, with Winslow scoring three times and totaling four points and Coholan recording his fourth hat trick of the season. Junior Ian Wild found the back of the net twice, and junior Kyle Kallay, sophomores James Chayka and Mark Saltrelli and freshman Brady Heseltine each added one goal apiece.

After ending the first half in a 3-3 tie, Mercyhurst stunned the last unbeaten team in Division II by scoring the first five goals of the third and ending it up 9-5. Winslow started the run with back-to-back tallies at 14:00 and 12:33 before Chayka got in on the act at the 11:45 mark. Following a three-minute and 55-second break in scoring, Heseltine and Saltrelli connected exactly 23 seconds part to make it an 8-3 game with 7:27 remaining.

Limestone closed out the frame with two goals sandwiched around a Coholan score.

Both teams then traded three goals aside, with Mercyhurst getting the first two courtesy of Kallay and Coholan within the first three minutes of play. Winslow completed his three-goal afternoon when he broke up a two-goal spurt by Limestone at 6:29. Jackson Decker, who led all Saints with two goals, closed out the game 25 seconds later at 6:04.

Just like their last meeting in 2006 - a 9-5 win for Mercyhurst - both teams ended the first half in a deadlock before a big run sealed the win for the Lakers in the third. This time, though, MC settled for one goal instead of four, as Wild netted his first of two goals in the half at the 6:20 mark. He later added his second after Josh Williams capped off a 3-1 scoring spree for the Saints in the second, tying the game at 3-3.

Mercyhurst fell behind in the shot department for the game, 28-26, but rebounded with five more ground balls than the Saints, holding a 20-15 advantage. Senior Zach Nash earned the win for Mercyhurst by stopping 12 of those 28 shots and holding the nation's top offense to eight goals.

The Lakers will have a week off before returning to action on Saturday, April 30 when they welcome East Coast Conference foe NYIT to Tullio Field. Game time is 1 p.m.


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