NCAA Division II lacrosse quarterfinals
Who: No. 1 Mercyhurst (17-0) vs. No. 2 Limestone (16-1)
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Tullio Field
Tickets: $10 (adults), $5 (students), 12-under free*
On the air: www.americaonesports.com/static/mercyhurst.html (livestream), www.hurstathletics.com (live statistics)
* Gates open at 12:30 p.m.
Players to watch
Mercyhurst – Sr. A Brian Scheetz (25 goals, 40 assists, 65 points), Jr. A Jake McAndrew (35-8-43), Jr. A Brady Heseltine (39-2-41), Sr. M James Chayka (24-13-37), Jr. D Patrick Maloney (31 groundballs, 21 caused turnovers), Jr. G Michael Grace (17-0 record, 7.51 goals-against average, .566 save percentage)
Limestone – Sr. A Riley Loewen (51 goals, 35 assists, 86 points), Sr. A Corey Rich (33-21-54), Sr. MF Zach Cummingss (32-9-41), Sr. FS Jake Ternosky (100 groundballs, 217-334 on faceoffs), Fr. MF Reid Reinholdt (10-22-32, 56 groundballs), Jr. D Glenn Trovato (29 groundballs, 13 caused turnovers)
What to watch
Mercyhurst – The Lakers can advance to the national championship game for the second time in three years and third time since 2007 with a win. … They hold a 4-3 lead in the all-time series with Limestone. But they lost their only two NCAA tournament games against the Saints – 12-4 on May 17, 2003, and 14-12 on May 22, 2004, in Gaffney, S.C. … The Lakers have a NCAA Division II-leading seven wins against ranked teams and nine wins against teams with 10 or more victories this season. … They also have five one-goal wins. … Mercyhurst ranks among the top 10 nationally in scoring offense (sixth at 13.47 goals scored per game), scoring defense (fifth at 6.94 goals per game), faceoff percentage (sixth at .614), scoring margin (fourth at 6.53 goals per game) and assists per game (seventh at 8.0 per game). They face a Saints team that stands among the top 10 in those categories – third in scoring offense (13.88 per game), eighth in scoringZa defense (7.94 per game), third in faceoff percentage (.643), fifth in scoring margin (5.94 per game) and first in assists per game (9.47 per game) – as well as second in groundballs per game (38.65) and 10th in man-up offense (36.5 percent). … The Lakers have scored double-digit goals in 14 straight games. … They have held 16-of-17 opponents below their season scoring average. … Scheetz can add to his school-record 226 points (90 goals, 136 assists). … Chayka and senior MF Zac Reid (22-14-36) were held scoreless in a 10-9 overtime win against Lake Erie in the national quarterfinals last weekend.
Limestone – The Saints have won two national championships (2000 and 2002) and reached the title game seven times. They lost to Dowling 11-10 in the 2012 title game. … They have reached the national playoffs in 14 straight seasons. … The Saints have won nine straight games since their only loss of the season, 7-6 against national semifinalist Le Moyne on March 16 in Baltimore. … They beat Seton Hill 16-13 in the quarterfinals last weekend. … Loewen, the Saints’ all-time leader with 151 career goals, is tied with New York Institute of Technology sophomore A Luke Miller for the national lead with 86 points. NYIT’s season ended last weekend with a quarterfinal loss to Adelphi. … Loewen also ranks third with 5.06 points per game, fourth in goals and sixth with 3.00 goals per game. … He has scored three goals or more nine times and three points or more in all 17 games.
– Victor Fernandes
NCAA Division II final four schedule
Semifinals – Saturday
No. 2 Limestone (16-1) at No. 1 Mercyhurst (17-0), 2 p.m.
No. 3 Le Moyne (16-2) at No. 4 Adelphi (14-2), 4 p.m.
Championship game – May 26
at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.