March 20, 2013

Men’s Lacrosse Edged by Manhattan, 12-11

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – For the fourth time this season, the Mercer men's lacrosse team played a hard-fought game ultimately decided by a single goal.  On Wednesday, the tight decision went against Mercer as the Bears fell to Manhattan, 12-1 at Gaelic Park.


Mercer suffered its third-straight loss and fell to 3-5 on the year while Manhattan snapped a two-game slide and moved to 2-6 overall.


A see-saw affair saw the first three periods of action conclude with tie scores before Mercer scored three-straight times to erase an 8-7 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter.  Mercer's three tallies put the Bears on top 10-8 with 10:45 to play, and were registered by freshman Timmy Geran and juniors Harry Baker and Zack Ward.


The lead would hold until the 6:12 mark, when Manhattan senior midfielder Tyler Jarvis netted an even-strength tally.  His score sparked a 4-0 run for the Jaspers that put the hosts in front 12-10 with 1:28 to play.


With 36 tics left, Ward found the net for the third time of the afternoon to give the Orange and Black life.  Mercer sophomore Justin Evans won the ensuing faceoff and Ward found an opening with four seconds left, but his shot was off the mark and Manhattan prevailed.


Ward scored his three goals on eight shots while also recorded an assist.  His four points extended his personal point-scoring streak to 22 games, representing each game he has played since transferring to Mercer.


Freshman Chris Baxa netted a pair of goals in his sixth-multi goal performance of the year.  Junior Eoin Collins also scored two goals on three shots in the losing effort.


Freshman goalie Mike Nugent made 14 saves while junior Dillon Volk also saw him in between the posts and registered a single save.


The Bears now return home for a March 31 matchup with High Point.  Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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