MACON, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE) – The Mercer men's lacrosse team looks to keep its winning ways going as the Bears host Texas on Friday night at Mercer University Stadium. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Mercer (2-2, 1-0 A-Sun) aims to preserve an unblemished home record and get to 3-2 for the second-straight season under head coach Kyle Hannan.
Texas fields a competitive club team that competes in the Lone Star Alliance, a lacrosse-only athletic conference affiliated with the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Longhorns are 7-0 on the season, having most recently posted a 22-9 win over Houston and a 25-0 shutout of Rice on Feb. 16.
Head coach Andy Garrigan is in his second season at the helm of the program, having led Texas to a 13-4 (6-0 LSA) record in 2013. Garrigan was previously the head coach at Austin High School, where he led the Maroons to seven district championships and an overall record of 105-56 in 10 seasons.
The Bears are 2-0 at home this year, averaging 14.0 goals per game at Mercer University Stadium in comparison to 7.0 goals per game on the road. Senior attackman Zack Ward has scored nine of Mercer's 28 home goals this season on just 14 shots.
Junior midfielder Timmy Geran is averaging 2.25 assists per game this season, ranking 12th nationally among Division I players. Geran has tallied three assists in three games this season and has scored at least one point in 10-straight games, dating back to last season.
As a team, the Bears are 14th best among Division I lacrosse programs in man-up offense this season. Mercer has converted 12-of-23 man-up opportunities this season.
In 29 career games played, junior faceoff specialist Justin Evans has piled up 227 ground balls for an average of 7.83 ground balls per game. If Evans can continue that average, he will break into the top-25 of NCAA career leaders in ground ball in 11 more games. Evans would need 320 ground balls to join the group.