Fresh off a 14-10 victory over Mercyhurst, the same teams met up in the Opening Round of the DII NCAA Championship.Playoffs.
Kevin M. Neibauer.
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Returning to Saxon Stadium in Erie, PA, the Seton Hill Hill Griffins took on the Challenge of the Mercyhurst Lakers. The Griffins withstood a final minute flurry from the Lakers and held on for an 8-7 victory that allowed the Griffins to move to to face Mercy in the next round.
To the Game:
A defensive battle saw just a three goal opening fifteen minute with Mercyhurst notching two of them. The action started with Layne Harica (2a) setting up Vincent Cogliandro (1g) for his 10th of the campaign on the man up at 11:46 to put Seton Hill up. Mercyhurst took the hit and rallied with Jacob Emerson (1g) potting his 18th courtesy of a Bryce Johnson (3a) set up. It was another man up goal, this one from Ethan Landymore (2g) hitting net for his 70th of the season.
End of First, 2-1 Griffins.
Things Stay Tight:
Mercyhurst stayed hot with Jonathan Scherer (1g) scooping a face off win from Shawn Doran and going to the house. Myles Hamm (2g) added a marker at 6:17 with Landymore making it a five goal uprising. David St. Clair (1g) put an end to the run with his 9th just :41 after the Landymore marker to take it to the half.
Heading to the Half, 5-2 Mercyhurst.
Fortunes changed for Seton Hill who would score six of the final eight goals of the contest including a third quarter whitewashing. Jack Ellis (3g,1a) put up his 9th and 10thbat 8:47 and 6:40. McGarity Harper (1g,1a) provided the only other third Stanza tally.
After Three ..We are tied at 5-5.
Fourth and Final:
Mercyhurst would end the run off the 56th from Hamm. Ellis, followed with Zach Estabrooks (1g) set up by Ellis and Thomas Hanulak (1g,1apple) put the Griffins in front.
A frenzied final 2:38 with the Lakers pounding the pressure, only resulted in Braden McCard (1g) notching his 5th to get it a one goal game. .Mercyhurst could not get the equalizer and Seton Hill moves on for a date with Mercy.
Inside the Action:
• Shots went the way of Seton Hill, 47-37 and On Goal leaned the same way but, a bit closer, 22-19. Turnovers had 19 for the Lakers and 17 for the Hill.
• Face offs went 9 to 8 for the Hill with Mercyhurst’s, Shawn Doran winning 8 of 17. Kevin Mo had 12 saves for the victors with Brett Olney stopping 14 for the Lakers
Seton Hill Advances.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.