WORCESTER, Mass. (Feb. 23, 2013) – Senior midfielder Michael Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y.) combined to record nine points as the Mercy College men's lacrosse team posted a 12-5 victory at Assumption College on Saturday afternoon.
The Mavericks impressed in many aspects of the game, and not just on offense. Mercy did dominate on offense, more than doubling Assumption's shot total (45-22, including 26-4 over the middle two quarters), and converting 4-7 man-up opportunities. The Mavericks also successfully completed 14 of 16 clears, held another slight edge in ground balls and limited themselves to just 18 turnovers and a single, 60-second penalty.
Mercy improves to 2-0 to start the season while Assumption starts off at 0-1.
Mercy opened up the scoring just over four minutes into the game and made it 2-0 barely a minute later as freshman attackman Kyle Stockton (Medford, N.Y.) and sophomore attackman Bobby McDonough (Farmingdale, N.Y.) each notched their first career goals, with McDonough benefitting from Wood's first assist of the day.
Assumption recovered and netted three goals in a three-minute span to take the lead with 1:37 remaining in the first quarter, but Mercy picked up a quick goal from Wood with 50 seconds to play to draw even.
The Mavericks took over the game through the next two quarters. Marzocca struck almost immediately in the second to put Mercy ahead by one, a lead the Mavericks would never relinquish. He added a second tally on a man-up opportunity as the quarter ended as well on Wood's second assist of the game.
McDonough made it a three-goal lead with an unassisted score less than a minute into the third quarter. Last week's top scorer, senior attackman Joe Poppe (Elbridge, N.Y.) came on for the first time all game and promptly netted another brace, with both goals coming on man-up opportunities and one courtesy of yet another assist from Wood. The Mavericks led 8-3 heading into the final period.
Marzocca scored Mercy's fourth man-up goal of the day early in the fourth quarter, which senior attackman Frank Henenlotter (Lynbrook, N.Y.) followed up with a goal of his own. Wood assisted on both tallies as the Mavericks surged to an insurmountable 10-3 lead.
Assumption got two back over a 37-second span, but Mercy extended the margin back out to seven with goals from Marzocca and freshman defenseman Peter LoParo (Ridgewood, N.J.), who snuck his first collegiate goal into the net just 13 seconds before the final whistle.
Marzocca picked apart the Greyhounds' defense, putting eight of his 15 shots on frame and totaling four goal on the day, while Wood finished with six points on one goal and five assists. Poppe's pair of strikes means he remains the team's leading scorer for the season, with six goals coming on an incredible .889 shot-on-goal percentage over two games. Senior defenseman Antonio Vigliotti (Westbury, N.Y.) and senior defenseman Michael Munch (West Babylon, N.Y.) each picked up five ground balls while LoParo and senior midfielder Erik Grady (Medford, N.Y.) caused a pair of turnovers apiece. Junior goalkeeper Mike Cashman (Bethpage, N.Y.) made six saves in net and senior midfielder Blaze Yeager (Riverhead, N.Y.) had another solid day, winning 10 of 17 faceoffs.
Sophomore midfielder Ty Martina (Marshfield, Mass.) led Assumption with a pair of goals, one assist and six ground balls. Sophomore goalkeeper Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass.) came up with 11 saves between the pipes and sophomore defensive midfielder Ben Mastrogiovanni (Richmond, N.H.) came away with seven of 10 faceoffs.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks will look to build a winning streak as they host the College of Saint Rose (0-0), on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 3:00 p.m.