Bears Grounded by Air Force in Home Finale, 14-5
MACON, Ga. – After a two week layoff since its last match – and first win in program history – Mercer University's men's lacrosse team came out on the short end of a 14-5 score in its 2011 home finale versus Air Force. The Bears are now 1-10 overall on the year.
Five different players tallied for MU in the contest.
The two teams were knotted at 1-1 after the first quarter before the Falcons (3-6) reeled off five unanswered goals to open the second quarter. John Avent scored MU's first goal of the day and it was Scott Carter's goal with just one second left before intermission that broke Air Force's goal skein to make it 6-2 at the break.
The Falcon's Tommy McKee scored just six seconds into the third quarter. Undeterred, Mercer netted back-to-back goals by Colton Mattei and Nate Link to draw the Bears to within 7-4 at the 9:31 mark of the period.
Air Force converted three goals to close out the third and ended the game with another four tallies, sandwiching Harry Baker's goal for MU at the 12:10 juncture of the fourth quarter for the 14-5 final.
Baker also assisted on Mattei's goal.
The Falcons held a 49-20 advantage in shot attempts., including scoring two goals with a man advantage.