No. 3 Mercyhurst tops Dominican
Kallay's hat trick leads Lakers to fifth consecutive victory
ERIE, Pa. - No. 3 Mercyhurst outscored Dominican 10-2 in the second half to overcome a slow start and record its fifth consecutive win with a 13-5 victory on Saturday afternoon at Tullio Field.
The Lakers, who improved to 12-2 overall, 8-2 in East Coast Conference play, broke open a 3-3 game with three straight scores to open the third quarter. Following a Dominican goal with 5:34 to play, Mercyhurst extended its advantage by tallying the next four goals, taking both teams deep into the final quarter with the home team favoring a 10-4 lead. Mercyhurst then went on a 3-1 run to close out the game.
Juniors Kyle Kallay and Ian Wild netted three goals apiece, with Kallay also adding an assist for four points. Senior Trevor Rice found the back of the net once and totaled four points as well. Second-year attackman Brian Scheetz scored once and assisted on two others, senior Cameron McLean potted a pair of goals and senior Andy Winslow and sophomore James Chayka put on one-goal, one-assist performances. Senior Kevin Coholan found the back of the net once to round out the offense.
Mercyhurst's second- and third-year players accounted for all of the scoring in the first half. Trailing 1-0 after the first, Scheetz evened the slate after taking pass from Chayka on the wing and burying it past netminder Brendan Bonacum at 9:34 of the second. Kallay then wiped out a goal by Alex Jones and gave the Lakers their first lead of the game with his second of consecutive goals.
Jesse Peterson, who posted a game-high five points on four goals and one assist, closed out the half and knotted the score at three when he scored on a fastbreak with 35 seconds showing on the clock.
After the break, Mercyhurst made its move and started to pull away. Wild put the Lakers in front for good with back-to-back goals before Kallay completed his hat trick at the 6:34 mark. Coholan and Winslow then gave the home team a six-goal lead, at 10-4, with Coholan striking at 3:40 and Winslow beating the buzzer for the team's 10th score of the afternoon.
Wild and Chayka connected back-to-back to open the fourth before Dominican broke up the four-goal streak on Peterson's fourth of the afternoon at the 10:52 mark. Less than a minute later, McLean made it a 12-5 lead with consecutive tallies at 9:53 and 8:42, and Rice closed out the scoring with 6:31 to play.
For the game, Mercyhurst outshot Dominican 38-23, including 23-12 in the second half, and held a 30-10 advantage in ground balls. MC also went 3-for-8 in man-up opportunities.
Senior Zach Nash earned the win in goal with seven stops.