Philadelphia, PA – Mercyhurst came into this game with a perfect record.
Now, the Lakers are going home with their first loss of the season. Le Moyne was able to get to Mercyhurst in the third quarter and hold on in the end by just one goal.
The Dolphins were able to defeat the Lakers, 11-10, yesterday afternoon at the NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championship game in Lincoln Financial Field. It was also the Dolphins first one goal game all season long.
“First off, thanks to everybody,” said Le Moyne head coach Dan Sheehan. “Certainly everybody in our locker room is proud of the fact that we could have a game that was absolutely fantastic for everybody in attendance and everybody that had an opportunity to watch in similar fashion to the games last night (Division 1 semifinals).
“It’s always special to bring a group of guys down here and have an opportunity to compete for something that you worked so hard all year long, and it’s I’ve got a great job.”
The Lakers were 2-1 in one-goal games this season. This was their first loss, as they beat Limestone 18-17 to advance to the Championship game and defeated Pfeiffer 9-8 in the second game of the season.
Mercyhurst has won their fourth National Championship game, but it is their first National Championship since 2007. The Most Outstanding Player was awarded to goalie Jeff White.
Mercyhurst had an opportunity with 47 seconds left to tie the game at 11-11. However, when their player shot the ball and it hit off the crossbar, before going wide.
“Could have been two inches, could have been a mile away,” said Mercyhurst player Brian Sheetz. “It didn’t go in the net. Yeah, I guess we just have to live with that.”
Chadderdon added his second goal to make it 11-5. Then, the Lakers went on a run of their own, as they scored 5 straight goals to make it 11-10.
Brady Heseltine scored two of those five goals, while Brian Scheetz added another. Ian Brooks and Jake McAndrew scored the final two goals in the five goal set.
“I think the coach told us we have eight possessions and really that was on the offensive end and then we were losing a couple face offs but I thought our defense did a really good job just holding them,” said Le Moyne player Tyler Prevost.
Mercyhurst was shut out in the third quarter, but Le Moyne dominated the quarter. Conor Regin scored the Dolphins fifth goal of the quarter to make it 10-5 after Alec Westerhoff scored their fourth goal made it 9-5.
Kevin Kelly increased the Dolphins lead to 7-5, before Andrew Chadderdon made it 8-5. Frechette would score a hat trick with his goal to open the third quarter to make it 6-5.
After McAndrew’s goal, Mercyhurst would score two additional goals. In fact, Mitch McAvoy would score 5 seconds after McAndrew’s goal. Then, James Chayka would add his second goal of the game to tie it at 5-5.
In the second quarter, Le Moyne continued its dominance early on with a goal by Tyler Prevost. Then Mercyhurst stopped a 20 minute and 31 second scoreless streak with a goal by Jake McAndrew.
Le Moyne scored three straight goals to end the first quarter. Nate Frechette scored back-to-back goals, before Joe Corapi scored to cap off the scoring.
Mercyhurst was able to score twice in the quarter, and both of their goals came after each other. James Chayka scored to make it 2-1 after Deven Alves got the Lakers on the board to make it 1-1.
Aaron Cahill opened up the scoring for both teams, as it gave the Dolphins a 1-0 lead.
“Absolutely,” said Le Moyne coach Sheehan. “I caught myself a couple of times this weekend trying not to be the grumpy old guy that’s been here before and realizing I’ve got a bunch of 18, 19, 20 year old kids that we had a GoPro camera on a helmet, and if you would have told me a couple years ago that I would allow something like that to happen, I would have told you were crazy. But yeah, it’s certainly special, the opportunity to get here, and then I guess how we did it.”