DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 4, 2017) – Powered by a game-high six points from senior Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford), the No. 13 Mercy College men's lacrosse team overcame a 5-2 second-quarter deficit to defeat Saint Anselm College, 11-10, on Saturday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (4-1) get back in the win column and improve to 5-0 all-time against the Hawks (0-1).
Speicher ended the day with three goals and three assists, while graduate student Kevin McNally (Hillburn, N.Y./SUNY Albany) and sophomore Bobby Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) both scored twice. Senior Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) surpassed the 100-point mark for his career with a goal and an assist and sophomore Ryan MacSpadyen (Toronto, Ontario/Seneca College) also contributed a goal and an assist. Junior Chris Martinez (Uniondale, N.Y./Nassau CC) and freshman Tommy McPartland (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) rounded out those Mavericks who recorded a goal. Sophomore Luke Baron (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) ended the contest with five ground balls and two caused turnovers and freshman James McCorvey (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) picked up five ground balls. Sophomore goalie Ryan Gibbons (Seaford, N.Y./Dowling College) made 16 saves in net to pick up the win and improve to 4-1 on the year.
Saint Anselm was led by Patrick Sweeney who had three goals and an assist, while Alex Pacitti added two goals and a game-high six ground balls. Goalkeeper Lucas DeAngelo made 12 saves in a losing effort.
Mercy looked to get back in the win column after a loss to Seton Hill last week, but the Hawks would get on the board first with Ryan Hesseltine scoring at the 11:35 mark of the first quarter. Chillianis answered with a goal at the 8:39 mark, off an assist from Wilcox, which made it 1-1. Speicher netted his first goal of the day with 2:59 remaining in the period to give the Mavericks their first lead of the day at 2-1.
The Hawks went on to close the quarter out with two straight goals to retake the lead at 3-2 after one quarter of play. Sweeney began the second stanza with two unassisted goals to give Saint Anselm their largest lead of the game, 5-2, with 7:10 remaining in the half.
The game looked to be slipping away from the Mavericks, but McNally answered with two quick goals to get Mercy back within striking distance at 5-4 with 5:43 left in the half. MacSpadyen found the game-tying goal at the 4:30 mark before Speicher gave the lead back to the Mavericks at 6-5. Out of a timeout, McPartland scored as time expired off a feed from Speicher to give Mercy a 7-5 lead at halftime.
Mercy carried the momentum over to the second half as Chillianis, Martinez and Wilcox opened the third quarter with goals to increase the lead to 10-5 with 7:06 left in the quarter. The goals capped an 8-0 that started in the second quarter. The Mavericks seemed to be pulling away from the Hawks, but Saint Anselm ended the quarter with three straight goals to make it 10-8 after three quarters.
Speicher began the fourth quarter with a tally at the 11:39 mark that put Mercy ahead 11-8. The Hawks continued to battle and made it 11-10 with 3:48 remaining, but Gibbons and the Mavericks defense would hold Saint Anselm off the board to secure the win.
Saint Anselm held a 42-33 edge in shots and a 39-35 advantage in ground balls, while Mercy went 14-of-24 on face-offs and 17-of-21 on clear attempts.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks look to win their second game in a row as they host No. 1 Le Moyne on Saturday, March 11th at 1 p.m.