No. 1 Mercyhurst tops No. 10 Lake Erie to win inaugural ECAC tournament
ERIE, Pa. -- No. 1 Mercyhurst beat No. 10 Lake Erie 13-7 to win the inaugural Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournament championship on Sunday. Jake McAndrew was named named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as the Lakers improved to 16-0 this season.
Mercyhurst exploded in the first quarter, scoring six times to take control of the match. The Storm never put together a rally as the Lakers went on to win the championship.
Deven Alves got a goal 1:58 into the game as James Chayka found him to open the scoring. Six seconds later, Mitch McAvoy found the back of the net. Brian Scheetz and Jake McAndrew connected just more than a minute later for a 3-0 advantage. After a Storm goal, Scheetz hit Chayka for a goal. McAndrew followed with a goal at the six-minute mark, making it 5-1. Alves then assisted on a Chayka goal a few minutes later, giving the Lakers a commanding 6-1 lead.
Scheetz found Brady Heseltine 2:05 into the second period, stretching the lead further. LEC scored, but Chayka answered with a goal with 12 seconds remaining in the half, putting the hosts ahead 8-2.
Lake Erie cut its deficit to 11-6 with a goal early in the fourth, but Alves and McAvoy each scored to put the contest away.
Chayka had three goals and two assists, while Alves had two goals and two assists. McAndrew scored three times and Scheetz had three assists. McAvoy added two goals, while Michael Grace made 10 saves in net. McAvoy won 10 of 16 faceoffs as well. Mercyhurst out shot LEC 36-29 and held ECAC Offensive Player of the Year Keegan Bal to no goals and one assist.
Scheetz, Chayka, Grace, McAvoy, Sullivan, and Wagner joined McAndrew on the All-Tournament Team.