DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2017) – Despite a goal from junior Alicia Williams (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) and a combined 12 saves from juniors Cheradyn Pettit (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer) and Julia Amell (Greene, N.Y./Greene), the Mercy College field hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to Pace University in their home opener on Wednesday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (1-4) fail to build off their win on Saturday, while the Setters (4-0) remain unbeaten on the year.
Williams recorded her first goal of the year, while sophomore Sabrina Anderson (East Rochester, N.Y./East Rochester Jr/Sr HS) and senior Kimberly Sands (Bethel, Conn./Immaculate) also netted shots on goal. Senior Rachel Gumowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) and junior Marissa Spinazzola (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) both finished with a defensive save. Pettit played the first half in goal and made five saves to take the loss, while Amell played the second half and made seven saves.
Pace was led by Lieke van Nieuwenhuizen who had a team-high two goals, while Halley Rose added a goal and two assists. Lesly Sanchez Alvarez made two saves in goal to earn the win.
Mercy looked to pick up their second straight win and got off to a good start as they recorded the first two penalty corners of the contest. However, Pace would get on the board first when Rose received a pass from Lisette de Bruin and fired a shot over the goalkeeper's head to make it 1-0 in the 10th minute of action.
The Setters continued to apply pressure, but Pettit was up to the challenge making three saves before van Nieuwenhuizen scored her first goal of the contest to make it 2-0 in the 20th minute. After another Pettit save, van Nieuwenhuizen found the back of the cage again from just inside the circle to make it 3-0 in the 22nd minute of play. The score remained 3-0 at halftime in favor of Pace.
The second half saw Amell step up for the Mavericks and make seven saves in the frame and Williams scored for Mercy in the 45th minute to make it a 3-1 game. The junior scored off a rebound in front of the net to get the Mavericks closer. Mercy could not get any closer as the Setters held on for the 3-1 victory.
Pace held a 21-5 edge in shots and a 12-5 advantage in penalty corners.
Head Coach Deirdre O'Neill and the Mavericks resume action on Saturday, September 16th when they host Molloy College at 1 p.m.