DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 8, 2014) – Junior Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y. / Seton Catholic Central) keyed a four-goal run that gave the Mercy College men's lacrosse team a halftime lead and three-goal edge in the third quarter as the Mavericks posted their sixth straight home victory with a 12-6 win over Saint Anselm College on Saturday afternoon.
Mercy, which received votes in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II Coaches' Poll for the second consecutive week, improves to 4-1 overall while Saint Anselm is now 0-2, having also lost to another East Coast Conference team in No. 4 LIU Post two weeks ago. The victory marks Mercy's sixth in a row at home, dating back to a 10-7 win over Roberts Wesleyan College on April 20, 2013.
Graduate student Kevin Glueckert (Bethpage, N.Y. / Univ. at Albany), who ranked fifth in Division II in faceoff winning percentage at .734 entering the game, got off to another quick start in a battle between faceoff specialists, winning the first six of the game against senior Matthew Steele, who ranked ninth at .636. The early run of possession and a pair of man-up opportunities allowed Mercy to pepper the goal with shots and jump out to a 2-0 lead as sophomore Kyle Stockton (Medford, N.Y. / Patchogue-Medford) converted an assist from Wood just two minutes in before assisting freshman Chris Lopez (Farmingdale, N.Y. / Farmingdale) after five minutes had elapsed.
Saint Anselm responded with a tally at the 7:25 mark, making the score 2-1 through the end of the frst quarter. The Hawks struck quickly for a trio of goals in the opening five minutes of the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead, but the Mavericks battled to get back in contro. Unsurprisingly, it was Wood who got them back on track as he curled around the cage to score unassisted at the 5:22 mark to make it 4-3. Lopez followed that up a minute later with a vicious strike from well outside the circle to tie the game at 4-4.
The Hawks briefly regained the lead with 3:33 left in the half and looked ready to take that margin into the break as a pair of shots on the following possession went just went and hit the post, but Wood had other plans. The junior found classmate Zack Haun (West Seneca, N.Y. / West Seneca East Senior) for the tying goal with 1:00 on the clock and hit Stockton again just 10 seconds later as Glueckert won the faceoff outright and pushed the ball straight upfield to take the lead, 6-5, going into halftime.
The Mavericks pushed hard coming out of the break, but it took until halfway through the third quarter before Wood scored the eventual game-winning goal, scooping up a ground ball and curling around the net for the score. Junior C.J. Fleming (Middletown, N.Y. / Herkimer County CC) gave Mercy an insurance goal at the 5:37 mark and the Mavericks cruised from there, allowing one score a minute later before rattling off four more themselves to fully separate from the Hawks.
Mercy outshot Saint Anselm, 47-29, and held healthy edges in ground balls (43-33) and clears (20-23 vs. 13-16) while converting man-up chances at a better clip (2-5 vs. 0-5).
Wood finished with yet another top performance, tallying seven points on three goals and four assist while also grabbing five ground balls. Stockton followed his three-point performance earlier in the week with five points on three goals and two assists, while Lopez and Fleming bagged a brace apiece. Freshman Richie Morris (Farmingdale, N.Y. / Farmingdale) and Haun notched the remaining goals, with freshman Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y. / Hamburg) assisting on Fleming's second score.
Glueckert stayed perfect in posting his fifth straight game with a faceoff percentage of over 60 percent, winning 13-of-21 (62 percent) while grabbing a game-high six ground balls. Seniors Zack Zangle (West Babylon, N.Y. / West Babylon) and Ryan Elfeld (Long Beach, N.Y. / Jacksonville Univ.) proved invaluable to Glueckert on the wings, grabbing four ground balls each, while Lopez also nabbed four. Junior Owen Krezmien (Buffalo, N.Y. / Canisius College) and sophomore Danny Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y. / Bethpage) caused three and two turnovers, respectively, as Chillianis also picked up five ground balls and Lopez chipped in to cause two turnovers as well. Sophomore A.J. Pellati (West Islip, N.Y. / West Islip) posted a second straight double-digit save effort, stopping 12 shots for a .667 save percentage.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks will head to the College of Saint Rose (0-3) on Tuesday, March 11 at 3 p.m. The game will be available via Livestats, which are accessible through the team's schedule page at MercyAthletics.com, and in-game updates will be provided via Twitter: @MercyMavericks.