ERIE, Pa. -- No. 5 Mercyhurst improved to 5-0-0 after holding Shepherd scoreless in its first shutout of the season. Senior Billy Colton led the Lakers as he struck twice in the 2-0 win.

Colton wasted little time giving the Lakers an early 1-0 lead against the Rams. In the fifth minute, freshman Fernando Martinez lobbed a crossing pass that Colton struck out of the air passing an outstretched goalie for the tally. The goal marked Colton's third goal of the season and Martinez's second assist.

The first half of action was split between both teams as the Lakers edged out the Rams in shots 10-9 while slightly holding the advantage in corners 5-4.

Mercyhurst continued to dominate possession in the second half taking eight shots compared to Shepherd's five. Colton put the Lakers on the board again in the 65th minute when the Lakers were awarded a penalty kick after Shepherd was called for a handball inside the box. Colton drove the penalty kick just inside the left post for his fourth goal of the season. Colton has now been successful nine-out-of-10 times in penalty kicks in his career.

Colton's fourth goal puts him just nine away from surpassing Mike Blythe's 56 all-time career goals at Mercyhurst.

Lakers junior goalkeeper Diego Gustin marked his first shutout of the season after making six saves in his fifth win of the season. Gustin now has 17 saves on the season while allowing just four goals. Gustin's counterpart Edgar Lopez Zuniga made five saves in the losing effort.