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April 26, 2014

Wood Enters Record Books as Men's Lacrosse Tops Dominican in Season Finale

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 26, 2014) – Junior Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y. / Seton Catholic Central) recorded his 200th career point and became just the 23rd player in Division II history to record 100 career assists as the Mercy College men's lacrosse team posted its 10th win of the season with a 17-10 victory over East Coast Conference associate member Dominican College to close out the season on Saturday afternoon.

Mercy finishes at 10-6 overall and 3-5 in the ECC while Dominican ends the year 1-13 (0-8).

Mercy broke out of the gates on fire, ripping five unanswered goals in the first quarter and adding another to lead 6-0 early in the second quarter.  Dominican was able to play back into the mix with a 5-1 run that made it a two-goal game with 10:09 left in the third quarter but a run of four straight goals pushed Mercy well ahead once again.  The teams traded goals in the final minute as the Mavericks took a 12-6 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Chargers put an early scare in the Mavericks with two quick goals to start the fourth quarter, but Mercy regained control and posted a 5-2 advantage over the final 12 minutes to seal the 17-10 victory.

Wood tallied nine points as he netted a brace and dished out a career-high seven assists while also grabbing an impressive nine ground balls. Senior Zack Zangle (West Babylon, N.Y. / West Babylon), freshman Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y. / Seaford) and sophomore Owen Valance (Glen Cove, N.Y. / McDaniel College) scored two goals apiece, with Speicher doing so after a four-game absence due to injury. Freshman Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y. / Hamburg) and junior Zack Haun (West Seneca, N.Y. / West Seneca East Senior) totaled two points apiece on a goal and an assist, while freshman Nathan Korutz (Johnson City, N.Y. / Johnson City), junior Stephen Dunne (Melville, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills East), graduate students Kevin Glueckert (Bethpage, N.Y. / Univ. at Albany) and Cody Jaworski (Marietta, N.Y. / Tully), sophomores Thomas Lackaye (Summit, N.J. / Summit) and Kyle Stockton (Medford, N.Y. / Patchogue-Medford) and senior Ryan Elfeld (Long Beach, N.Y. / Jacksonville Univ.) each scored once as well. Lackaye also went 11-of-16 on faceoffs.

Sophomore Danny Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y. / Bethpage) recorded five ground balls and five caused turnovers on defense while senior Mike Cashman (Bethpage, N.Y. / Bethpage) made 11 saves over 50 minutes to improve his career record to 9-1 and sophomore Justin Seltzer (Closter, N.J. / Northern Valley Demarest) made three saves on five shots over 10 minutes.

 The Mavericks reached double digits in wins for the third time in the five-year history of the program, receiving votes in the national rankings poll for the third season as well.  Mercy set single-season program records for goals scored (175) and allowed (89).

Wood became the program's all-time leader in career points midway through the year and shattered the single-season records for goals (48), assists (44) and points (92) while leading Division II in points per game (5.75).  His 92 points this year are the highest total for an individual player since 2006, while his 5.75 points per game rate is the best since 2008.  His 206 career points rank just outside of the Top 25 in Division II history, while his 104 career assists rank 19th in history and his career assist rate (2.31) ranks 18th all-time.  Glueckert also set a number of high-water marks on faceoffs, as he became the program's all-time leader in career faceoff percentage (.655) and single-season faceoffs won (182) and percentage (.655).  He ranks third in the nation among all active payers in faceoff percentage and fourth this season, leading the ECC.