PAINESVILLE, OH. (Apr. 23, 2017) - Despite a team-high three goals and three assists from sophomore Ryan MacSpadyen (Toronto, Ontario/Seneca College), the No. 9 Mercy College men's lacrosse team dropped a 11-9 decision to Lake Erie College on Sunday afternoon at Jack Britt Stadium.
The Mavericks (11-3) see their seven-game winning streak come to an end, while the Storm (7-6) snap a two-game losing streak.
MacSpadyen scored three times on five shots, while senior Daniel Speicher recorded two goals on three shots and one caused turnover. Sophomore Bobby Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y. / Bethpage) recorded two goals, one ground ball and one caused turnover. Freshman Tommy McPartland (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) and graduate student Kevin McNally (Hillburn, N.Y. / University at Albany) both chipped in one goal for Mercy. Leading the Mavericks defense was junior Christian Gebhardt (West Islip, N.Y. / Nassau CC), who recorded two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Sophomore Ryan Gibbons (Seaford, N.Y./Dowling College) played the full 60 minutes in goal with seven saves to fall to 11-3 on the year.
Lake Erie was led by Mitchell Stokes, who recorded a game-high five goals and two assists. Five other Storm recorded goals in the victory. Alexander Corbett led the Storm defense with six ground balls and three caused turnovers.
The first five minutes of the contest remained scoreless, as neither team were able to find the back of the net. Stokes eventually put the Storm on the board with 10:20 on the clock as he was able to score unassisted. Sophomore Max Littleton (Mahopac, N.Y. / Mahopac) was able to grab a ground ball off of the faceoff to put the ball in Mercy's hands. Exactly one minute later McNally was able to put Mercy on the board to tie the game 1-1 with 8:56 left in the first quarter. A Lake Erie violation on the faceoff gave Mercy the ball, which would result in two goals in less than 30 seconds from MacSpadyen, giving Mercy the 3-1 lead. Lake Erie brought the game within one goal after Gavin Caulfield was able to find the back of the cage. Chillianis quickly answered back for Mercy when he was able to score to give the Mavericks a two goal lead. MacSpayden then brought the Mavericks lead to 5-2 off of a man-up goal with 3:20 left in the quarter. Lake Erie was able to score two quick goals in the final two minutes of action, closing out the quarter with Mercy leading 5-4.
The second quarter opened up with a Stokes goal in the first two minutes, when he was able to tie the game off of an assist from Brandon Donohue. Neither team were able to find the net for the remainder of the quarter, entering the third period with 5-5 score on the board.
The third quarter started out slow, as neither team were able to get on the board until the 12:33 mark, when Mitchell was able to give the Storm a 6-5 lead in the contest following a Storm timeout. Again, both teams struggled to score the remainder of the quarter and the Mavericks entered the final quarter of the contest trailing by one.
Mercy came out on fire to start the final quarter, with goals from Chillianis and Speicher within fifteen seconds of one another, giving the Mavericks a 7-6 lead. It was then that the Storm were able to eventually earn the win, as they were able to score five goals in a row, allowing them to gain an 11-7 lead over the Mavericks with 7:33 left in the contest. McPartland and Speicher were able to find the back of the net, but it was not enough as the Mavericks eventually fell to the Storm 11-9.
Lake Erie held a 37-24 edge in shots, a 26-20 advantage in ground balls and won 14-of-24 faceoffs.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks look to get back in the win column as they host NYIT on Saturday, April 29th at 1:00 p.m.