DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Feb. 15, 2017) – Powered by three goals and six assists from freshman Tommy McPartland (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) in his college debut, the No. 10/13 Mercy College men's lacrosse team opened up its 2017 season with an 18-5 victory over American International College on Wednesday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (1-0) win their fifth straight season opener, while the Yellow Jackets (0-2) remain winless on the year.
McPartland also added three groundballs and one caused turnover, while sophomore Bobby Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) finished with three goals. Senior Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) netted two goals and two assists and sophomore Ryan MacSpadyen (Toronto, Ontario/Seneca College) and junior Chris Martinez (Uniondale, N.Y./Nassau CC) both picked up two goals and an assist. Junior Kyle McDonough (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) added two goals, while graduate student Kevin McNally (Hillburn, N.Y./University at Albany) and senior Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) both recorded a goal and an assist. Senior Nathan Korutz (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) and freshman Joe Cortese (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland) rounded out the ten different Mavericks scoring.
Senior Joseph Kelley (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and freshman Ricky Marchelos (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Herricks) both dished out assists in the victory. Sophomore Nick Sehring (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) led the Mavericks in the faceoff circle, going 13-of-16 with seven groundballs. Freshman John McMahon (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) led Mercy with eight groundballs on the day. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Gibbons (Seaford, N.Y./Dowling College) played the first half and made two saves in picking up the win.
The Yellow Jackets were led by John Magliano who scored twice, while Matt Sayegh made 18 saves in goal in a losing effort.
Mercy came out as the aggressors early on and wasted little time in getting on the board, as Speicher took a feed from McPartland at the 12:55 mark of the first quarter to give the Mavericks an early 1-0 lead.
The Mavericks continued to apply pressure and after drawing a penalty would make it a 2-0 game when McNally tallied a man-up goal off an assist from MacSpadyen. MacSpadyen responded by netting his first goal of the season at the 11:18 mark to make it 3-0 Mercy. Martinez and McPartland later added their first tallies of the year to give the Mavericks a 5-0 lead with 6:33 left in the first quarter.
American International got on the board with 1:20 left in the period and headed into the second quarter down 5-1. The Yellow Jackets opened up the second stanza with a Magliano goal to make it 5-2. However, the Mavericks would score the final six goals of the period to take an 11-2 lead into halftime. Mercy received two goals from McPartland and goals from Speicher, Chillianis, MacSpadyen and Martinez during the stretch.
Chillianis scored back-to-back goals to begin the second half before Wilcox nailed home his first goal of the year to make it 14-2 in favor of the Mavericks. Magliano recorded his second goal of the day to make it 14-3 before Cortese and McDonough answered with two in a row to make it 16-3. American International netted a late goal in the third quarter to head into the final period down 16-4.
Mercy outscored the Yellow Jackets 2-1 in the final stanza with McDonough and Korutz getting on the board. The Mavericks held a 52-14 edge in shots on the day and maintained a 49-28 advantage in groundballs. Mercy went 21-of-26 on faceoffs and ended the day with eight caused turnovers.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks look to start 2-0 when they play at Georgian Court on Saturday at 1 p.m.