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Lakers Notch Ninth Consecutive Victory by Defeating Mercyhurst North East
 April 18, 2013

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes Community College men's lacrosse team earned their ninth consecutive victory on Wednesday, defeating Mercyhurst North East 22-12 at Laker Lacrosse Field. The Lakers improve to a program-best 11 wins and six losses.

The trio of Finger Lakes Community College attackers led the Lakers to victory. Sophomores Jack Timerson, Robert Pelkey, and Parker Weeks combined for 31 points. Timerson and Weeks each posted at least ten points, while Pelkey contributed eight points on seven goals and one assist.

Timerson tied a career-high with 12 points on five goals and seven assists. The prolific scorer has now amassed 160 points in just 38 career games; an average of 4.2 points per game. Timerson additionally leads the NJCAA with 74 goals and 110 points.

Weeks recorded a career-high 11 points on four goals and seven assists. The seven assists tie his previous career high, set back against Mohawk Valley Community College on March 26. Weeks has now also set the individual season record for most assists (45), breaking the previous record set by Mike Eagan in 2009 (39).

Pelkey has scored 16 goals over the past three games. The Fairport, N.Y. native stands one point short of 100 for his career entering this afternoon's contest with Monroe Community College. He ranks third amongst NJCAA scorers with 60 goals, and fifth in points with 83.

The Lakers jumped out to an early start. Pelkey and Timerson would score the game's opening two goals, giving the Lakers an early 2-0 advantage at the 12:17 mark. Max Bonetti would score for the Saints to cut the deficit to one, but that would represent the closest that Mercyhurst North East would come to the Lakers all afternoon. The Lakers would score the game's next six goals, as Pelkey and Weeks would score twice and be joined by teammates Thomas Loudon and Joshua Spence on the scoreboard to give the Lakers an 8-1 edge with 4:43 left in the opening quarter. Bonetti and teammate Tony LaGuardia would score again to marginalize the deficit to five goals, but Pelkey, Spence, and Daniel Johnson would each score again before the final buzzer to give the Lakers an 11-3 lead headed into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, Pelkey continued to exert his offensive skill. He added his fifth goal, while Weeks added a goal to complete his hat trick for the day. Timerson added two goals to complete his hat trick, while the Lakers wound up surrendering four goals in the quarter to the Saints to send the game into the half with a 15-7 lead.

The third quarter saw more of the same: offensive skill from the likes of Pelkey, Weeks, and Timerson. Timerson would score twice during the quarter, while Pelkey and Weeks would add their sixth and fourth goals of the day, respectively. Weeks goal would close out the quarter as he found the back of the net with four seconds remaining on the game clock. In the course of third quarter action, Loudon added his second goal of the game, while the Lakers held the Saints' offense to just three goals. The Lakers headed into the fourth quarter leading 20-10.

Mike and Tony LaGuardia each recorded a goal in the fourth quarter, but goals from Pelkey and Albert Thompson gave the Lakers the 22-12 decisive edge on the scoreboard.

Finger Lakes Community College held a 46-42 advantage in shots, and dominated at the faceoff X, winning 29-of-37 attempts. The Lakers also maintained a 45-22 edge in ground balls. Mercyhurst North East converted twice with the extra man opportunity, going 2-11 on the day.  

John Perrucci recorded his eleventh victory, notching 15 saves on 26 shots. The sophomore leads the NJCAA in victories (11) and saves (236).

Jayson Dunn played every minute in goal for the (1-5) Saints, recording 14 saves.

The Lakers return to action today, as they travel to Rochester, N.Y. to finish their April 10 contest with Monroe Community College. The game will pick up from the point of interruption: 9:05 remaining in the second quarter, with Monroe Community College leading 4-2.

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