There are some games that just mean a little bit more.
You don’t get more points for winning them, but you do get the bragging rights.
Nobody ever wants to lose, but some games you are desperate not to lose.
Rivalries add an extra dimension to a game. Tackles are stronger, hits are harder, and goals mean a little bit more.
One of the first things anyone learns at Mercyhurst is about the intense rivalry with Gannon.
There are always more fans attending these games, more noise at these games and more excitement leading up to.
This past year, Mercyhurst’s sports teams have dominated Gannon.
Mercyhurst recorded 17 wins over Gannon and lost 10 times.
Football, men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and women’s water polo all swept the Golden Knights.
The football team retained the Niagara Cup for the fourth consecutive year, winning 27-17 in front of more than 1,000 fans.
The men’s soccer team embarrassed Gannon on its senior day and homecoming by winning 5-1 to complete a season sweep.
Women’s lacrosse edged two close encounters, winning by goal in both games.
That was similar to women’s water polo who also beat Gannon by one goal winning 7-6.
Men’s water polo and women’s softball both won three out of four games against their rivals.
The men’s water polo team had beaten Gannon eight straight times before Gannon would finally get revenge.
Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s soccer and volleyball all split their respective series.
The women’s soccer team had never lost to Gannon, going 26 games without a defeat and winning 22 of the meetings. That incredible record was broken this year.
Gannon would only win two series against Mercyhurst. They beat the women’s basketball team twice, and won the wrestling meet between the two schools.
Mercyhurst will look to continue to add to this impressive record next year, when the rivalry resumes.