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Men’s lacrosse: St. Joe’s drops heartbreaker to Mercer, 10-9

Wednesday, 6th March 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/6/13
From Press Release

Zack Ward scored with 13 seconds left and finished with five goals to lead visiting Mercer to a stunning 10-9 victory today over St. Joseph’s in non-conference men’s lacrosse.

With their first home loss of the season, the Hawks even their record to 3-3 overall.

Trailing 8-6 heading into the close of the third period, Ward netted back-to-back goals (0:38, 9:48 in the fourth) to equalize the score at eight apiece.

Under a minute later, Saint Joseph’s junior midfielder Johnny Simanski responded with a goal of his own to put the Hawks back ahead, 9-8, with 9:08 remaining in regulation.

Ward would tack on two more goals to first tie the game (7:54) and then put it away for the Bears to hand the Hawks their first home loss of the season.

Mercer’s Chris Baxa struck first just eight seconds off the faceoff before the sophomore trio of Matthew Sarcona, Rob Watts (St. Joseph’s Prep), and Michael Dougherty (Malvern Prep) combined for a 3-0 run that spanned just under nine minutes to put the Hawks up 3-1 at the 5:55 mark of the first period.

Baxa added two more goals between sophomore attack Matthew Franchak’s to close the Bears’ deficit, 4-3.

Each team would add four goals in the third, the final of the period starting Ward’s four-goal effort.

Sarcona and freshman attack Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep) led the Hawks with two goals apiece while Swanick was also good for a team-best two assists. On the defensive end, senior Ted Hospodar (St. Joseph’s Prep) and sophomore Will Farrell (St. Joseph’s Prep) combined for nine ground balls and six caused turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Dustin Keen (Downingtown West) made 13 saves on the day in a full 60-minute effort.

For the game, Mercer and Saint Joseph’s were balanced in shots (37-36) and the Hawks held the advantage in ground balls, 40-28. However, the Hawks suffered on the faceoff, utilizing four different players for a combined 6-of-23 (.261).

“The team that deserved to win, won the game today,” said Saint Joseph’s coach Taylor Wray. “All the credit goes to the Mercer Bears. They outplayed us when the game was hanging in the balance and we made too many mistakes along the way to win. Congrats to them; they earned it today.”



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