ALBANY, N.Y. (Mar. 11, 2014) – Junior Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y. / Seton Catholic Central) kept up his Division II-leading pace with seven points as the Mercy College men's lacrosse team picked up a third straight win, 11-6, at the College of Saint Rose on Tuesday afternoon.
Mercy improves to 5-1 on the season while Saint Rose drops to 0-4.
The Mavericks, which received votes in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II Coaches' Poll for the third consecutive week, took a 3-0 lead to start and never looked back, overcoming a slew of penalties that totaled 5:30 to post the key victory.
Freshman Chris Lopez (Farmingdale, N.Y. / Farmingdale) opened the scoring just three minutes into the first quarter and Wood netted his first two shortly after, grabbing his own rebound and dunking it over the goalkeeper at 7:34 and catching a pass from junior C.J. Fleming (Middletown, N.Y. / Herkimer County CC) before curling around the cage to slot home his 20th of the season at 5:05.
Saint Rose scored twice in quick succession as the quarter wound down, but Wood completed the first-quarter hat trick with another curl around the crease into traffic with nine seconds left. Lopez gave the Mavericks some breathing room with a long-range effort for his 10th goal of his rookie year at 12:36 in the second quarter, but once again the Golden Knights cut the margin to one with 5:16 remaining in the half as the Mavericks' solid man-down defense could not outlast a fifth man-up attack.
Wood came up in the clutch, however, to put Mercy back up by two at 6-4 with 3:21 to go, and that score held through halftime.
Saint Rose stuck early in the third quarter to cut the deficit back to one for a third time, but that would be the closest the Golden Knights got as Mercy rattled off five unanswered goals to put the game out of reach, with Wood unsurprisingly recording the eventual game-winner at 7:29 in the third quarter.
Wood finished the day with six goals, five of which were unassisted, and one assist while putting all 10 of his shots on goal and grabbing five ground balls. Graduate student Kevin Glueckert (Bethpage, N.Y. / Univ. at Albany) turned in another consistent performance, going 12-of-17 on faceoffs and picking up seven ground balls while tallying two points on one goal and one assist. Sophomores Connor McLachlan (Guilderland, N.Y. / Guilderland) and Kyle Stockton (Medford, N.Y. / Patchogue-Medford) chipped in a goal apiece while senior Ryan Elfeld (Long Beach, N.Y. / Jacksonville Univ.) and sophomore Danny Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y. / Bethpage) recorded an assist each, with Chillianis also causing two turnovers. Sophomore A.J. Pellati (West Islip, N.Y. / West Islip) posted his third straight game with double-figure saves, recording 10 on 16 shots.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks will prepare for a crucial East Coast Conference matchup that will also carry national ranking implications at NYIT (3-2, 1-0) on Saturday, Mar. 15.