DURHAM, N.C. (School Release)- Three second half goals weren't enough for the Mercer men's lacrosse team in a 15-3 loss to No. 6 Duke at Koskinen Stadium on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Bears dropped to 1-1 on the year while Duke moved to 2-2.
After going into halftime trailing 8-0, Mercer sophomore midfielder Timmy Geran got the Orange and Black on the board with an even-strength goal at the 10:43 mark of the third quarter. Geran's tally was his second of the year and fourth of his collegiate career.
Mercer juniors Zack Ward and Harry Baker would both add fourth quarter scores before Bears' comeback effort fell short. Baker's goal was aided by an assist from freshman Chris Baxa at the 10:13 juncture of the period.
Mercer finished the fourth quarter with a 9-5 edge in shots, but Duke came away with a 50-25 overall advantage in the category. Freshman Mike Nugent played all 60 minutes in goal for the Bears, racking up 18 saves.
Duke junior attackman Jordan Wolf and senior midfielder David Lawson each scored four goals in the winning effort. All told, seven different Blue Devils came away with goals on Sunday afternoon.
Mercer returns to action on February 24 at Towson. Game time is schedule for 1 p.m.