Lindenwood vs. Mercyhurst
March 16, 2013
The Game Story:
ST. CHARLES, Mo.- The #1 Mercyhurst men's lacrosse team won, 14-9, at Lindenwood (Mo.) Saturday afternoon. Brady Heseltine scored six goals to lead the Lakers to a win in their Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) opener.

Heseltine got Mercyhurst going early, scoring twice in the 4:06 of the first quarter. With 9:08 left in the first, Trevor Vargo made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal. A few minutes later, Lindenwood scored, but Brian Scheetz responded with a goal at the 6:02 mark. James Chayka assisted on Scheetz' score. After another Lion goal, Deven Alves hit Chayka for a goal and a 5-1 advantage with 3:36 remaining in the frame. Michael Grace made a save, setting up the Laker attack. Jake McAndrew scored with 1:42 left to stretch the lead.

Mitch McAvoy won the second period faceoff and sprinted in, finding Heseltine for a goal just eight seconds into the quarter. It was the third time in 2013 that McAvoy scored or assisted on a goal in the first 10 seconds of a quarter. Lindenwood took control from there, though, scoring four straight goals to cut the deficit to 7-6 with 5:02 to play in the first half. Heseltine and Scheetz each scored to extend the lead to 9-6 heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, Lindenwood continued to hang around, but the Lakers had just enough offense to keep the Lions at bay. Vargo and Heseltine scored as the visitors led, 11-9, after three periods. Mercyhurst's defense stood tall in the final frame, shutting out Lindenwood. Ian Brooks, Alves and Heseltine all scored to create the final margin.

Heseltine scored a career-high six goals. Alves had a goal and three assists, while Chayka added a goal and two helpers. Scheetz and Vargo both scored twice and McAndrew had a goal and an assist. Grace made nine saves in goal.

Mercyhurst improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the ECAC. It has now won 25 consecutive regular season outings. Lindenwood fell to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

The Lakers play at Ohio Valley on Friday, March 22, in another ECAC contest.