The third-ranked Mercyhurst College men’s lacrosse team captured its first NCAA National Championship in program history by defeating No. 5 Adelphi, 9-8, Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
Junior Ian Wild scored four goals, including the game-winner, to earn the game’s most outstanding player award. Sophomore Brian Scheetz scored once and dished out three assists, and junior Kyle Kallay tacked on a pair of goals.
Playing in their second national championship game in program history, the Lakers (14-2) went toe-to-toe with the Panthers at the home stadium of the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens.
Both teams traded three goals aside in the first quarter, with Adelphi beginning the scoring just 22 seconds in. Danny Blau broke the ice when he drove from the right wing and let a shot loose from about five yards out at 13:38. Mercyhurst would answer back shortly after as Wild ran along the top of the box and found the back of the net from dead center to even the slate at the 13:00 mark.
After nearly a five-minute scoring draught, Joe Vitale got the offense going again when he took a pass at the point, drove down the slot and beat senior Zach Nash with a knuckleball that trickled over the line, giving the visitors a 2-1 advantage with 7:17 to play. The lead would be short-lived though as Wild tied the game at two on a play that saw him beat his man from behind the cage before sending a shot over the netminder’s head at 4:21.