Wingate vs. Mercyhurst
February 27, 2010
The Game Story:
LAURINSBURG, N.C. – The fourth-ranked Mercyhurst College men’s lacrosse team opened its 2010 season with an 18-0 shutout of St. Andrew’s Tuesday afternoon at Knights Field in Laurinsburg, N.C. The Lakers, who improve to 10-0 in season-opening games under the direction of head coach Chris Ryan, outshot the Knights 47-8 and recorded their first shutout in program history.

Mercyhurst saw 11 Lakers find the back of the net, and 15 players total points.

Freshman Brian Scheetz led the offense with six points in his collegiate debut. Scheetz scored three goals and added three assists to become the first Mercyhurst player to score six points in a season-opener since Dustin Stewart and Jason Lappies netted six apiece in a 21-4 win over Queens (N.C.) March 2, 2005.

Senior Trevor Rice scored a hat trick and added an assist for four points, while classmate Michael Sciulli netted two scores and a helper. Sophomore Kyle Kallay and senior Todd Richardson tallied two goals apiece, and senior Tyler Burton and freshman James Chayka each added a goal and an assist.

Senior Kyle Plante, junior Dana Moore, sophomore Gregory Bensman and freshman Connor Matrka recorded a goal each, and seniors Anthony Spencer and Charles Saylor and juniors Kevin Coholan and Andy Winslow all netted assists.

Mercyhurst controlled every aspect of the game, including face-offs (15-for-22), man-up opportunities (4-for-8) and ground balls (49-18). The Lakers built a 2-0 lead in the first quarter before exploding for six in the second and eight in the third to take a 16-0 advantage into the finale.

Junior Zach Nash played 37 minutes in goal and made two saves to earn his first win of the season. Junior Michael Jeschawitz came in relief of Nash midway through the third quarter and made two stops over a span of 14:28. Freshman Cameron Watt closed out the game’s final 8:32 facing no shots.

Mercyhurst continues its tour of North Carolina this weekend with a game against Wingate on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.