ECAC at a glance
A look at Mercyhurst’s opponents in the new ECAC Division II Lacrosse League:
* Alderson-Broaddus (Phillipi, W. Va.) - The second-year NCAA Division II program is still looking for its first win. The Battlers were outscored 233-75 on the way to an 0-13 record a season ago, and then opened this season Friday with an 18-4 loss to Mercy (N.Y.).
* Lake Erie (Painesville, Ohio) - The Storm had a breakout season in 2013 with a 12-5 record, which nearly matched their win total from the program’s first three seasons (17-25), and their first NCAA playoff berth. They return seven starters to a team that stands ninth in USILA’s national preseason poll, including Trevor Tarte – the nation’s leading goal scorer a season ago (63) – and 2013 All-Americans Reagan Harding (34-8-42in the midfield and Justin Goodwin (95 groundballs, 24 caused turnovers) on defense.
* Lindenwood (St. Charles, Mo.) - The Lions followed an eight-win season in their first year as an NCAA program with another eight-win season in 2013. Junior LSM Graeme Hossack, an all-league first-team selection a season ago after totaling 115 groundballs and 37 caused turnovers. They are picked to fourth in the league this season.
* Ohio Valley (Vienna, W. Va.) - The Fighting Scots (6-11 in 2013) have begun the season 0-3 by a combined 42-20 score. Fairview native Timothy Gilson, who began his college career at Mercyhurst North East, is a senior midfielder. D Kyle Joint, a Cathedral Prep alumnus, is part of a 12-player recruiting class.
* Seton Hill (Greensburg, Pa.) – The Griffins joined Mercyhurst and Lake Erie in the NCAA tournament field last spring. Now the No. 7 Griffins, who are picked to finish second in the league, heads into 2014 behind three preseason All-Americans – attackmen Matt Delmonico (43-29-72) and Dylan Lefebvre (40-17-57) and faceoff specialist Jimmy Cogley (129-for-250 on faceoffs). Cathedral Prep alumnus Erik Hultgren, a redshirt sophomore midfielder, had seven goals and nine points in 15 games last season.
* Walsh (North Canton, Ohio) - The Cavaliers is picked to finish sixth in the league after posting a 3-7 record in 2013, their inaugural NCAA season. They are led by their top three returning scorers – senior attackmen Mason Axline (28-13-41), Ben Stephens (22-11-33) and Ian Maurer (20-9-29)
* Wheeling Jesuit (Wheeling, W. Va.) - The Cardinals (11-6 in 2013) are picked to finish fifth in the league, but also received votes in the USILA preseason ranking because of returning players like senior attackman Brian Frank (31-27-58), junior attackman Tyler Buchan (18-7-25) and junior defenseman Jared Gillespie, a McDowell alumnus.
- Victor Fernandes