DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 5, 2014) – Graduate student Kevin Glueckert (Bethpage, N.Y. / Univ. at Albany) and junior Owen Krezmien (Buffalo, N.Y. / Canisius College) starred as the Mercy College men's lacrosse team hosted new East Coast Conference foe the University of the District of Columbia early Saturday afternoon.
UDC came away with a narrow 8-7 victory to improve to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the ECC while Mercy is now 7-4 (0-4).
The Firebirds struck first, scoring four minutes into the game, but freshman Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y. / Seaford) equalized less than a minute later. Mercy quickly built up a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals over the next 1:36 and, after each team scored with under a minute remaining, took a 4-2 lead into the second quarter.
UDC turned the tables with three unanswered goals in the period to lead 5-4 at halftime and posted a 3-1 advantage in the third quarter to hold a three-goal margin at 8-5.
Glueckert got the rally started with an unassisted tally just 57 seconds into the fourth quarter and, three minutes later, sophomore Connor McLachlan (Guilderland, N.Y. / Guilderland) found freshman Chris Lopez (Farmingdale, N.Y. / Farmingdale), who unleashed a characteristic rocket from long range on a man-up opportunity to make it a one-goal game. Despite creating a number of excellent looks in the final minutes, the Mavericks were unable to get the final goal they needed and fell, 8-7.
Speicher and freshman Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y. / Hamburg) led the Mavericks with two goals apiece while Glueckert added a goal and assist and junior Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y. / Seton Catholic Central) chipped in with two assists. Junior Zack Haun (West Seneca, N.Y. / West Seneca East Senior) notched the other tally for Mercy.
Glueckert improved his faceoff percentage for the season to .714 with a 14-for-18 day, including a perfect 10-for-10 mark in the first half. He added a second consecutive double-digit ground ball game, raking 10, while Krezmien led the defense with an incredible six caused turnovers. Sophomore A.J. Pellati (West Islip, N.Y. / West Islip) made eight saves in the cage.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks will look to bounce back on Tuesday, Apr. 8 as they host ECC-leading No. 5 Dowling College at 3 p.m.