Mercyhurst vs. Molloy
May 5, 2012
The Game Story:
ERIE, Pa.- The #1 Mercyhurst men's lacrosse team beat Molloy, 8-5, Saturday at Tullio Field. The senior day victory gave the Lakers their first outright East Coast Conference (ECC) championship and marked the completion of a 13-0 regular season.



A number of accolades waited for Mercyhurst as the day began, but Molloy made the hosts work hard to earn them. Kenny Lutz scored his second goal of the game to tie the score at 4 with 11:24 remaining in the fourth. The Lakers won the ensuing face-off and Kyle Kallay cashed in a Brian Scheetz pass to regain the lead.

Mitch McAvoy won the next face-off and Mercyhurst immediately converted, as Brady Heseltine made it 6-4 just 23 seconds after Kallay scored. With 7:20 to play, the Lakers forced a turnover by the Molloy goaltender that resulted in a Heseltine goal that allowed the fans in attendance to breathe easier. Molloy scored with 4:09 left, but Michael Grace's 70-yard heave found Scheetz' stick to set up a final score with 20 seconds showing on the clock.

Scheetz started the contest needing one point to become the school's career points leader. He set up shop behind the net and hit Kallay for the day's first score with 9:07 to play in the first quarter. Scheetz passed Troy Ledbetter for the record. Ledbetter totaled 155 points in his career at Mercyhurst.

Lutz evened the score later in the period, but Heseltine scored 42 seconds later to regain the hosts' edge. In the second frame, Alves scored with 9:05 left to make it 3-1. Ryan Kudlek scored for Molloy with 5:39 remaining in the first half as the teams went into halftime in a one-goal match.

Anthony Marino tied the game at 3 early in the third quarter and the defenses controlled for much of the period. Finally, Scheetz found the back of the net with 2:35 showing on the clock to give the Lakers a 4-3 advantage. Lutz tied it again three minutes into final frame.

With the win, Mercyhurst won its first-ever outright ECC title and become the first ECC team to post an unbeaten overall regular season record. It also recorded the first undefeated regular season in school history for any sport.

Scheetz finished with two goals and three assists. Heseltine had three goals and Kallay added two. Grace made fives saves in net. Lutz and Kudlek each had two goals for the Lions.

The hosts heavily outshot Molloy, 48-15. Lion goalie Glenn Greubel made 14 saves in defeat.

The NCAA Selection Show will be available on NCAA.com Sunday, May 6, at 7 p.m.

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