The No. 4 Genesee Community College men's lacrosse team got a solid effort from visiting Mercyhurst during the first quarter as the teams were tied at 3-3 after 12 minutes, but Jason Chiodo almost single-handedly crushed their spirit with a single shot with 2:58 left in the first with a man-down goal that gave the Cougars the lead for good.
Genesee added three more in the final minute of the first with Kevin McParlene netting two of those three for an ending opening quarter score of 7-3. The Cougars would out-score the Saints 13-2 the rest of the way for the 20-5 win.
The Cougars out-shot the Saints 41-28 with 30 of Genesee's shots hitting the target.
Current National Junior College Player of the Week Andrew Forte won 12 of 13 faceoffs and added a goal and assist in the win. Forte had a little more than half of the 22 Cougar faceoff wins for the game.
Genesee also won the groundball battle 16-13 with three coming from Jordan Brennan. A pair of groundballs went to three different players that included: McParlene, Evan Hollfelder and Hoya'Daiwat John.
Hollfelder was the team's top playmaker with a team- and season-high half-dozen helpers to co-lead the team in scoring with McParlene (five goals, one assist) as each ended the night with six points.
Seven Cougars registered double-digit point performances. In addition to Hollfelder, McParlene and Forte; Alex Mack (three goals, two assists), Chiodo (four goals), Patrick Bilbrey (two goals) and Brennan (two goals) rounded out the multi-point players.
The Cougars next host Jefferson Community College at 4 p.m. on April 4 in the second of a three-game home stand.