Curtis said those early goals were more than enough to help build Boyle's confidence.
"If we get a quick start, we feel like we can control the game," Curtis said. "When we do that, everybody settles down and we're good."
Rice scored again in the 35th minute off a pass from Dan Nedvidek for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Curtis said Conley was very clear about what he wanted from the Rebels in the second half.
"He wanted us to control the ball a little more in the second half," Curtis said. "He wanted us to play possession, and we did."
Boyle made more direct passes, and controlled the ball well in the second half. Mercer struggled to put together an offensive attack, as it had all game.
The Scotties have won just once and scored in just two of their eight games. Coach Jaziel Guerra declined comment after the game.
Mercer's best shot at a goal came in the 65th minute. Austin Dunbar fired a shot at goal that Boyle keeper Ben McClain deflected out of bounds. The ensuing corner kick from JR Perez found Dunbar's head, but the shot sailed over the crossbar.
"In the second half, we came out and did the things we talked about doing," Conley said. "We didn't do those in the first half. We started working it around in the second half and we got a lot more numbers out of that. If I can just convince them to do that."
The Scotties took just seven shots, and Ben McClain had four saves. Boyle, on the other hand, had 24 shots and Mercer keeper Justin Morgan gathered up 14 saves.
Boyle scored its three second-half goals in an eight-minute span. In the 28th minute, John Frauenhoffer scored an unassisted goal. He then earned an assist on Boyle's fifth goal, as Stuart took Frauenhoffer's free kick and put it in the back of the net.
Nedvidek was credited with Boyle's final goal after his shot hit off the far post and was deflected into the goal by a Mercer defender for an own goal.
Five different Rebels scored the six goals, and Conley said that variety in the offense is going to be key for Boyle this season.
"That's a good thing. We do not have the depth we had last year," Conley said. "The more we can spread it around early in the year, the better off we're going to be in the postseason."