MANCHESTER, N.H. - Sophomore Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y.) had three goals and six assists as the Mercy College men's lacrosse team stopped a late rally by the St. Anselm College Hawks to hang on for a 13-12 non-conference victory. The Mavericks improve to 9-4 overall, while the Hawks fall to 4-9 overall.
Wood got the Mavericks on the board first as he scored the first of his three goals on the day, just two minutes into the game. The Hawks would answer right back just a minute later to tie the game at one. The Mavericks blew the game wide open as Wood, Zach Zangle (West Babylon, N.Y. / West Babylon), and two Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y. / North Babylon) goals pushed the Maverick lead to 5-1 after one. In the second, the Mavericks kept the Hawks at bay with goals by Bobby McDonough (Farmingdale, N.Y. / Plainedge), and Marzocca give the Mavericks a three-goal lead going into the half.
In the third, the Mavericks attempted to stretch the lead even more as John Fitzpatrick (Yorktown, N.Y/ Lakeland), and Frank Henenlotter (Lynbrook, N.Y. / Lynbrook) scored on man-up goals to make the score 9-4 early in the third quarter. The Hawks would respond by scoring two goals to cut into the Mavericks five goals lead, but Kyle Stockton (Medford, N.Y. / Patchogue-Medford) got into the act as well, to push the Maverick led back to four late in the third.
In the fourth, Wood scored his three goal of the day, while Fitzpatrick scored his second to give the Mavericks a three goal lead with just 10:45 left in the game. The Hawks would make their late charge as they scored two goals in a span of a minute to cut the Mavericks lead to one, but McDonough goal with 5:22 left ended up being the deciding goal, as the Hawks fell short in their comeback bid.
For Mercy, Marzocca finished with three goals and two groundballs, while McDonough finished with two. Stockton had one goal, and two assists, while Peter LoParo (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) scooped up four groundballs. A.J. Pellati (West Islip, N.Y. / West Islip) had eight saves in 60 minutes of work between the pipes.
Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks return to action on Saturday, April 27th, as they play the Chargers of Dominican College at 1:00 p.m.