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Mercer Falls to Michigan, 11-6
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 03/02/2017
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Mercer's Lucas Wittenberg
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MACON, Ga. – The Bears started slow and the Wolverines capitalized as the Mercer men’s lacrosse team fell to Michigan, 11-6, on Thursday night at Five Star Stadium.

Box Score

Despite a strong second half, Mercer was unable to overcome the halftime deficit and rally against Michigan.

 

Michigan took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before Kevin Yoggy scored off an assist from Michael Quinn with 1:03 remaining in the period. The Wolverines answered quickly, scoring 12 seconds later, to maintain a three-goal advantage at the end of the quarter. A goal for each team early in the second period made it 5-2 before Michigan scored five unanswered goals to take a 10-2 lead at halftime.

Mercer came out hot in the third quarter, scoring two goals in the first five minutes, cutting Michigan’s lead to 10-4 with 11:12 left in the period. Will McCarthy added a goal Mercer shut Michigan out in the third quarter, 3-3. Each team added a final goal in the fourth period as the Wolverines held on to their lead and won 11-6.

Lucas Wittenberg led Mercer offensively with two goals and a season-high-tying one assist to total three points. He also tied his season high of one ground ball.

Mercer caused 11 turnovers as four Bears set or tied career highs in the category.

“The message at halftime was to stick with what we preach, what we teach. We got away from that in the first half and they took advantage of it. We were giving up a lot of inside shots. We just regrouped at halftime. Everybody believes in what we’re doing and where we’re moving and I think that showed in the second half. Being able to cover up the crease and not give them easy dunks really changed the tempo of the game.”

NOTABLES

·         Lucas Wittenberg led Mercer in scoring with three points off two goals and an assist.

·         Scott Baird scored a career-high-tying two goals, while Will McCarthy had career highs of one goal and one caused turnover.

·         Kevin Yoggy rounded out the scoring for Mercer with a goal, while also scooping up a ground ball.

·         Michael Quinn set career highs of two assists, two points and one ground ball.

·         Gabe Anderson set a career high of two caused turnovers, while Walker Ensor and Jake Sadd each tied their career high with a pair of caused turnovers. Ensor also led Mercer with a season-high-tying three ground balls.

·         Patrick deHueck had two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

·         In goal, Bradley Hodoval made four saves on the night, playing all 60 minutes between the pipes.

·         Mercer outshot Michigan, 34-26, including a 13-2 difference in the third quarter.

·         The Bears also picked up more ground balls, 19-17, and caused more turnovers, 11-8.

 

RECORDS UPDATE

·         Mercer: 1-3, 0-0 SoCon

·         Michigan: 5-1, 0-0 Big Ten

 

UP NEXT

·         Mercer: At NJIT on Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

 

·         Michigan: At Furman on Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m.

MACON, Ga. – The Bears started slow and the Wolverines capitalized as the Mercer men’s lacrosse team fell to Michigan, 11-6, on Thursday night at Five Star Stadium.

 

Despite a strong second half, Mercer was unable to overcome the halftime deficit and rally against Michigan.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Michigan took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before Kevin Yoggy scored off an assist from Michael Quinn with 1:03 remaining in the period. The Wolverines answered quickly, scoring 12 seconds later, to maintain a three-goal advantage at the end of the quarter. A goal for each team early in the second period made it 5-2 before Michigan scored five unanswered goals to take a 10-2 lead at halftime.

 

Mercer came out hot in the third quarter, scoring two goals in the first five minutes, cutting Michigan’s lead to 10-4 with 11:12 left in the period. Will McCarthy added a goal Mercer shut Michigan out in the third quarter, 3-3. Each team added a final goal in the fourth period as the Wolverines held on to their lead and won 11-6.

 

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Lucas Wittenberg led Mercer offensively with two goals and a season-high-tying one assist to total three points. He also tied his season high of one ground ball.

 

STAT OF THE GAME

Mercer caused 11 turnovers as four Bears set or tied career highs in the category.

 

Coach Hannan’s Take

On the difference in the first and second halves:

“The message at halftime was to stick with what we preach, what we teach. We got away from that in the first half and they took advantage of it. We were giving up a lot of inside shots. We just regrouped at halftime. Everybody believes in what we’re doing and where we’re moving and I think that showed in the second half. Being able to cover up the crease and not give them easy dunks really changed the tempo of the game.”

 

NOTABLES

·         Lucas Wittenberg led Mercer in scoring with three points off two goals and an assist.

·         Scott Baird scored a career-high-tying two goals, while Will McCarthy had career highs of one goal and one caused turnover.

·         Kevin Yoggy rounded out the scoring for Mercer with a goal, while also scooping up a ground ball.

·         Michael Quinn set career highs of two assists, two points and one ground ball.

·         Gabe Anderson set a career high of two caused turnovers, while Walker Ensor and Jake Sadd each tied their career high with a pair of caused turnovers. Ensor also led Mercer with a season-high-tying three ground balls.

·         Patrick deHueck had two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

·         In goal, Bradley Hodoval made four saves on the night, playing all 60 minutes between the pipes.

·         Mercer outshot Michigan, 34-26, including a 13-2 difference in the third quarter.

·         The Bears also picked up more ground balls, 19-17, and caused more turnovers, 11-8.

 

RECORDS UPDATE

·         Mercer: 1-3, 0-0 SoCon

·         Michigan: 5-1, 0-0 Big Ten

 

UP NEXT

·         Mercer: At NJIT on Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

·         Michigan: At Furman on Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m.

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