Even with just two games on the docket, it was still a very exciting Wednesday of lacrosse, to say the least. Air Force was able to use their offensive firepower and fly by Detroit Mercy, while Mercer fought tooth and nail with Delaware, only to take the one-goal loss.
Air Force 19, Detroit Mercy 9
The Falcone move to 4-2 on the season after taking down Detroit Mercy 19-9 in a dominating home performance. An August Johnson goal got the Falcons offense started early on in the first. That goal was the start of a 4-goal run through the middle of the quarter. Seth Mendell and Cam Kostus were able to get Detroit Mercy on the board with back-to-back man-up goals, making it a 4-2 game. Air Force answered with a 6-goal run from late in the first until early in the second. Detroit Mercy was able to find some light, but still trailed 12-5 at the half. The Falcons effectively put this one away in the second half with two big runs. Detroit Mercy went on a two-goal run to end the third and the fourth to get just a little bit of positive light going. The Falcons walked away victorious 19-9 over the Titans.
Air Force was led by Trey Lervick with 5 points (4G,1A). Matthew Schwartz also tallied 5 points (3G,2A) to contribute as well. Vince Lombardi and Brandon Jones led the offense with 3 caused turnover each, while Braden Host made 3 saves in cage and Ian Mullins made 7 saves.
For Detroit Mercy they were led by Seth Mendell who tallied 6 points (4G,2A) and Matthew Vangalen who had 4 points (1G,3A). In goal, Logan Shamblin made 10 saves on the day.
Delaware 10, Mercer 9
It was a close back-and-forth battle in Newark as the Blue Hens edged the Bears 10-9, avenging their home loss last season. Besides a 3-goal Delaware run midway through the first, it was almost as if the two teams were trading goals. Mercer would score two straight to make it a 4-4 game at the end of the first. Though it was very close, Mercer owned the second quarter, outscoring Delaware 3-2 and taking a 7-6 lead heading into the half. Mercer scored the first of the second half and Delaware answered in a big way. A 3-goal run midway through the third gave Delaware a lot of energy, and a 9-8 lead heading into the fourth. After Mercer tied it up at 9 early on Delaware was able to convert late in the game, securing the win.
Michael Quinn led Mercer with 3 points (2G,1A). A slew of others contributed for the Bears as well. In goal for the Bears, Josh Tarver made 16 saves.
Delaware was led by Charlie Kitchen’s 5 goals, as well as Bryce Reid and Tye Kurtz who each tallied 3 points (1G,2A). In goal, Matt DeLuca made 17 saves in the win for the Blue Hens.