DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 11, 2017) – Despite a team-high two goals from senior Nick Wilcox (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), the No. 13 Mercy College men's lacrosse team dropped an 8-4 decision to the defending national champions No. 1 Le Moyne College on Saturday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (4-2) have now dropped two of their last three games with both losses coming to teams currently ranked in the top five nationally, while the Dolphins (5-0) remain undefeated and have won 25 games in a row dating back to last season.
Wilcox scored twice on three shots, while sophomore Ryan MacSpadyen (Toronto, Ontario/Seneca College) and junior Chris Martinez (Uniondale, N.Y./Nassau CC) both recorded a goal. Graduate student Kevin McNally (Hillburn, N.Y./SUNY Albany) and freshman Tommy McPartland (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) added an assist and three ground balls apiece. Sophomore Max Littleton (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) and freshman James McCorvey (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) led the Mercy defense with two caused turnovers and sophomore Ryan Gibbons (Seaford, N.Y./Dowling College) played the full 60 minutes in goal with seven saves to fall to 4-2 on the year.
Le Moyne was led by Sean Emerson and Brian Rogers who both recorded a game-high three goals on the day. Jack Sweeney played 57:54 minutes in net and made six saves to earn the victory.
Mercy faced a tough challenge in taking on the defending national champions and a team that had won 24 straight games coming into today. However, the Mavericks battled throughout and kept the game scoreless until the 8:24 mark of the first quarter when Rogers scored off an assist from Justin Kesselring to make it 1-0.
Emerson followed with his first of the game at the 4:56 mark to make it 2-0 before Rogers netted his second of the contest with 12 seconds on the clock to bring the Dolphins lead to 3-0 after one quarter.
Le Moyne increased their lead to 4-0 with another Emerson goal at the 11:48 point of the second quarter. The Dolphins looked to be running away with the game, but the Mavericks did not back down to the No. 1 team in the country and responded with two goals to close the half. MacSpadyen got Mercy on the board with a goal at the 9:02 mark before Martinez tallied a man-up goal to make it 4-2 heading into halftime.
The two teams traded goals to begin the third quarter making it 5-3 with 3:37 remaining in the period. Le Moyne answered with three straight goals to take their largest lead of the game, 8-3, with 12:26 left in the fourth quarter. Wilcox followed with his second goal of the day to get the Mavericks back within four, 8-4, but neither team could find the back of the net in the final 9:33 of the contest.
Le Moyne held a 23-21 edge in shots, a 30-20 advantage in ground balls and won 11-of-14 faceoffs.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks look to get back in the win column when they open up ECC play at the University of the District of Columbia on Saturday, March 18th at 4 p.m.