Mersky Leads Leopards To 16-4 Victory Over Wagner
March 10, 2007
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Freshman attack Matt Mersky racked-up four goals and an assist to lead the Lafayette men's lacrosse team to its first win of the season, as the Leopards upended Wagner by a 16-4 score on Saturday afternoon in Staten Island.
Lafayette (1-4) held the Seahawks (0-4) without a goal over the first 16:37 of the game, allowing the Leopards to establish a comfortable 6-0 lead at the early in the second period.
Mersky scored on all five of his shots, while Mike Meirowitz, Brett Djaha and John Galassi totaled two goals each as Lafayette (1-4) topped Wagner for the second straight year. Meirowitz opened the scoring just over a minute into the contest, while freshman midfielder Matt Beck recorded his first collegiate goal just over two minutes later. Meirowitz struck again at the 9:31 mark off a pass from Mersky to make it 3-0 in favor of Lafayette.
The Lafayette offense continued to click throughout the first quarter with freshmen Stewart Inman and Steve Serling also finding the net. Sophomore middy Joe Howard's score 1:37 into the second made it six in a row for the Leopards before Wagner could muster a single goal. Just over two minutes later, the Seahawks got on the board with a score from Jeff Policicchio.
Wagner's goal did not cool Lafayette's offense a single bit, as the Leopards answered with seven straight scores to end the third period with a 14-1 lead. Mersky recorded a hat trick just in that span alone, while Djaha and Galassi each scored twice. Rookie Kevin Dunbar netted his first goal of the year at the 6:36 mark, while Chris Ahern (two), Chris Prud'homme and Porter Curran all registered assists during the stretch.
The Seahawks scored three straight to open the fourth quarter, but it was certainly a case of too little too late at that point. Meirowitz found Curran with 2:45 remaining and Mersky followed on a pass from Serling at the 2:10 mark, punctuating what was a banner day for the Leopards.
Sophomore keeper Jeff Canfield got the win and turned away eight shots on the day. Head coach Terry Mangan sent freshman Jason Montoya into the cage for the final nine minutes, and the rookie responded with three saves.
Lafayette won 14 of the 23 face-offs on the day, all taken by senior Jamison Caldwell (8-of-14) and freshman Cane Napolitano (6-of-9). The Leopards scooped up 28 ground balls overall, led by Howard, Napolitano and sophomore defenseman Alex Heller with three each.
The Leopards will take the next three days to prepare for a Wednesday afternoon match-up at No. 10 Maryland at 3 p.m. The Terrapins are the third nationally ranked opponent Lafayette has faced so far this year.
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