Jake McAndrew, Brady Heseltine lead Mercyhurst to season-opening win
MARS HILL, N.C. -- Second-ranked Mercyhurst won 10-7 at Mars Hill on Saturday afternoon. Seniors Jake McAndrew and Brady Heseltine each scored three goals to lead the Lakers to a non-conference win to open the 2014 season.
Mercyhurst led 5-4 at halftime. In the third quarter, neither team could find the back of the net until late in the period. Goalies Michael Grace and Patrick McMahon each recorded three saves to keep the offenses off the board. Jimmy McBride finally evened the score with 2:31 to play in the third.
Mitch McAvoy won the ensuing faceoff and sprinted in for a goal just 10 seconds after the Lions tied the match. After another faceoff win, Brett Williams assisted on McAndrew's third goal of the day with 39 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Early in the fourth, Cory Becker found Trevor Vargo for a goal and an 8-5 advantage. The Lakers stretched their lead with a Heseltine man-up score with 9:48 to go. After two Mars Hill goals, freshman John Plaskey sealed the decision with a goal at the 3:21 mark.
McAvoy won 16 of 20 faceoffs. Grace made 11 saves in goal.
No. 1 Le Moyne 13, No. 15 Chestnut Hill 8
PHILADELPHIA -- Junior attackman Kevin Kelly recorded five points to lead the top-ranked Le Moyne to a 13-8 win against 15th-ranked Chestnut Hill College on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at Drexel University's Vidas Field.
Junior goalkeeper Ben Romagnoli registered 11 saves, including six on nine shots in the first half, to record the win between the pipes. Joseph Donnelly posted 12 saves in the loss for the Griffins.
No. 4 LIU Post 17, Saint Anselm 5
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- Fourth-ranked LIU Post scored 15 unanswered goals to start the game Saturday in a season-opening 17-5 triumph against Saint Anselm at Hickox Field.
The Pioneers managed eight tallies in the first quarter, three in the second, and four in the third, before the Hawks (0-1) got on the board. In the opening session, the hosts registered six of their eight goals in a span of 4:55. Senior attackman/midfielder Connor Mackay, junior attackman Chris Caiazza and sophomore midfielder Anthony Berardis each notched a pair of markers in the period.
Caiazza finished with a game-best five goals in his first game for the green and gold. Connor Drost checked in with a game-high six points (two goals, four assists). Berardis posted a four-goal performance. Sophomore attackman Matty Beccaris dished out four assists.
No. 7 Seton Hill 10, No. 6 NYIT 9
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- A late four period rally lifted seventh-ranked Seton Hill to a 10-9 win against sixth-ranked NYIT Saturday afternoon at Dick's Field. With the loss, the Bears dropped to 1-2 on the season. The Griffins improved to 2-0 overall with the win.
Junior Luke Miller led the Bears with six points on three goals and three assists. Sophomore Shawn Murphy and junior Nick Olson chipped in with two goals each.
Seton Hill was led by Matt Delmonico's four goals. The win went to Brady Lawrence (2-0), who made nine saves on 18 shots faced. The loss was dealt to rookie Alex Seltzer, who dropped to 1-2 on the season with eight saves on 18 shots faced.
The Griffins earned an early 3-1 lead after the first period but the Bears rallied for a narrow 6-5 edge at halftime. The two teams split the third period with NYIT holding onto its one-goal lead, 8-7.
However, it was the fourth period that saw Seton Hill rally 3-1 to pull out the 10-9 win. The game-winning goal was scored by Erik Hultgren, unassisted, with 58 seconds remaining in regulation.
No. 10 Dowling 12, Assumpion 4
WORCESTER, MASS. -- Senior Kevin McElhone recorded six goals as Dowling opened its 2014 season with a 12-4 win against Assumption. The Golden Lions begin their season at 1-0 and the Greyhounds drop to 0-2.
In his Dowling debut, freshman Chris Stemke finished the day with four goals and two assists. Sophomore Brian White rounded out the scoring with two goals of his own and two assists.
Single goals by Garrett Smith, Ian Mack, Ty Martina and Peter Gersbeck accounted for all the Assumption scoring.
Dowling's Frank Sommers finished the afternoon with four saves between the pipes. Derek Muzio led the defense with nine groundballs and four caused turnovers. Sheldon Burns and Frank Iaconetti finished with five and four groundballs. respectively.