Attack remain strong in loss to No 4 Mercyhurst
Erie, Pennsylvania. – On Saturday, the Wheeling University men’s lacrosse team (2-6, 0-2) returned to Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) play against the nation’s No. 4 team at Mercyhurst. The Cardinals offense maintained their success, scoring eight goals in the game, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Lakers 20-8. The Cardinals have scored six more goals than in their game last year against Mercyhurst as they continue to move up the field.
After the opening faceoff, it took the Lakers just 38 seconds to score as they took a 1-0 lead with 14:22 left in the first quarter. On their second possession of the game, Mercyhurst added another goal and were leading 2-0 before two minutes had passed. Throughout the first quarter, it looked like the Lakers were going to run away with the game as they scored nine goals in the first 15 minutes of the game and put Wheeling in a hole. First-year student Joshua Wolford got his seventh start of the season in goal and faced 15 shots in the first 15 minutes. He made six saves in that first quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Mercyhurst led 9-0.
As the game progressed into the second quarter, the Lakers continued to increase their lead by attacking on offense. They added two more goals in the first five minutes of the quarter and extended their lead to 12-0 with 10:44 remaining. Senior Matt Anderson would take charge of the next showdown, securing a victory for Wheeling and putting them back on offense and they took advantage. After a missed shot Brody Fawver and Brenner Huntthe cardinals would step onto the set when dakota strong made the shot and put Wheeling on the board, making it an 11-1 game. The Lakers added two more goals before halftime and had a 13-1 lead before halftime. However, early in the second half, Wheeling got going, beating the nation’s No. 4 team 8-7 as they fought back.
Mercyhurst started the second half with another goal to make it a 14-1 game before the Cardinals got going. It would be mike andersson who started the scoring in the second half, after a match where he tied the school record with seven goals. He found the net in the 11th minute of the quarter to make it 14-2. Two more Mercyhurst goals made it 16-2 before Anderson stepped in and brought his team back to the table. The eldest got a pass from caleb french and came charging down the field to score his first goal of the night to make it 16-3. Second year Jake Wodarek scored the final goal of the third quarter, his first of the day, and Wheelin entered the final quarter trailing 17-4.
In the final 15 minutes of play, the Lakers scored three more goals and reached the 20-goal mark with 8:04 left. However, that didn’t deter Wheeling as their offense continued to go to work. Fawver got on the board with his first goal of the day on a pass from Wodarek that made it 18-5. After Mercyhurst scored their 20th goal, Anderson was back on the board with his second of the game seven minutes from time. mike andersson followed suit with his second goal of the day four minutes later to make it 20-7. Andersson scored the hat-trick in the final minute of the match, taking his season tally to 20 and making the final score 20-8.
Andersson scored his third hat trick of the season as he led the attack with three goals in the game, scoring his fifth multi-goal effort of the season. He took his season total to 20 goals and is near the top of the GMAC in terms of goals this season. The Cardinals’ other multi-goal effort came from senior Matt Anderson, who scored twice securing his first multi-goal performance of the season. Wheeling also got goals from Brody Fawver, Jake Wodarekand dakota strong to complete the offense. Wolford finished the day with 20 goals against and made 10 saves in 60 minutes in goal. They are now down to 0-2 in conference play, but have scored eight or more goals in each of their last three games.
The Wheeling University men’s lacrosse team returns to action Friday, March 25, when they hit the road to take on D’Youville at 7 p.m.