Mercyhurst vs. Wheeling Jesuit
April 16, 2008
The Game Story:
Erie, Pa. - The Mercyhurst Lakers men's lacrosse team outshot the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals 58-17 in route to a 10-6 victory Wednesday. Mike Thon and Mike Bartlett each had six points on the day to lead the Lakers offensively. Mercyhurst improves to 7-3 overall while Wheeling Jesuit falls to 4-5 this season.

Thon scored first for the Lakers off of a pass from Bartlett at the 9:39 mark in the first period. After Thon's goal, the Lakers struggled to find the back of the net and the Cardinal Jack Malone took advantage. Malone put in back-to-back goal in a 37 second span at 3:39 to put Wheeling Jesuit up 2-1. Mercyhurst's Aaron Manzer tied it up at two though with 38 seconds left in the first.

In the second period, Barlett and Scott Sullivan tallied goals for the Lakers before Cardinal Mike Jaques put one past goalkeeper Jason LaShomb. Mercyhurst went into halftime leading 4-3. The Lakers outshot Wheeling Jesuit 32-7 in the first thirty minutes of play.

Determined to push through, Mercyhurst exploded out of the gates in the third period on a goal from Thon at the 13:49 mark. Bartlett would then score two more goals and teammate Jordan Witt tallied one for a 4-0 Mercyhurst run to close out the third period.

Wheeling Jesuit continued to battle back and got two quick goals from Trevor Veres and Malone to bring themselves within three. Again Thon stepped up and rattled off two more goals to shut down the comeback and give the Lakers a 10-5 advantage with 6:12 left. Malone would add one more at 2:29 but Mercyhurst held onto possession in the final two minutes to secure the win.

Mercyhurst won the ground ball war 45-30 and completed 14-of-20 clear attempts to the Cardinals' 6-of-20. The Lakers also smothered Wheeling Jesuit on the face offs, winning 14-of-20.

Thon ended the day with four goals and two assists and Bartlett contributed three goals and three assists. Manzer, Witt and Sullivan each added a goal a piece.

In between the pipes, LaShomb collected eight saves and six groundballs. Wheeling Jesuit goalkeeper Joe Sims kept his team in the game with 22 saves and nine groundballs.

Mercyhurst will host Notre Dame de Namur Saturday at 3 p.m.