DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 12, 2017) – Powered by a game-high-tying four points from sophomore Ryan MacSpadyen (Toronto, Ontario/Seneca College) and freshman Tommy McPartland (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale), the No. 9 Mercy College men's lacrosse team recorded the program's first-ever win over ECC foe LIU Post with an 11-8 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (10-2, 6-0 ECC) defeat the Pioneers (5-6, 2-3 ECC) for the first time in nine all-time meetings and are off to their best 12-game start since the 2011 season. Mercy is now 6-0 in ECC play for the first time in program history and have ten wins in a season for the first time since 2015.
MacSpadyen had three goals and an assist, while McPartland had two goals and two assists. Senior Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) contributed three goals and junior Chris Martinez (Uniondale, N.Y./Nassau CC) added a goal and two assists. Graduate student Kevin McNally (Hillburn, N.Y./SUNY Albany) and sophomore Bobby Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) also scored for the Mavericks. Junior Christian Gebhardt (West Islip, N.Y./Nassau CC) had a team-high two caused turnovers and sophomore Max Littleton (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) had a team-high four ground balls along with a caused turnovers. Sophomore Ryan Gibbons (Seaford, N.Y./Dowling College) made ten saves in net to earn the victory.
LIU Post was led by Dan Foley who had two goals and two assists with five ground balls, while Matthew Liantonio made seven saves to take the loss.
Mercy looked to make history and got off to a good start as MacSpadyen scored just 27 seconds into the game to put the Mavericks ahead 1-0. McNally continued the strong start for Mercy with a goal at the 12:58 mark to increase the lead to 2-0. Speicher gave the Mavericks a 3-0 lead after one quarter of play following a tally with 11:38 left in the quarter. The score remained 3-0 for the rest of the quarter as the Mercy defense held the Pioneers scoreless.
Speicher began the second quarter with his second goal of the game to give the Mavericks a 4-0 lead with 13:29 left in the half in front of an energized home crowd. LIU Post finally got on the board to make it 4-1, but MacSpadyen answered with his second goal of the day to put Mercy ahead 5-1 with just over five minutes left before halftime. The Pioneers scored a late goal to head into halftime down 5-2.
LIU Post carried their momentum over to the third quarter and began the frame with three straight goals to tie the game up at 5-5 at the 7:53 mark of the period. The Pioneers looked to be on the verge of taking the lead, but the Mavericks showed this is a different year and followed with two straight goals to hold a 7-5 lead after three quarters. MacSpadyen broke the tie and Martinez later netted his goal to give the momentum back to Mercy.
McPartland produced his first goal of the game to begin the fourth quarter, giving the Mavericks an 8-5 advantage. However, the Pioneers had one last rally in them and scored two unanswered goals to get within one, 8-7, with 7:55 remaining. Mercy put an end to any hope of a LIU Post comeback and showed why they are a top ten team as they came right back with two consecutive goals to build the lead back up to three, 10-7, with 4:54 left. Chillianis started it with a man-up goal and McPartland finished off his second of the day to give the Mavericks some cushion.
The Pioneers made it 10-8 less than a minute later, but Speicher stepped up and put the finishing touches on the victory with a goal at the 2:16 mark to give Mercy the program's first-ever win over LIU Post.
LIU Post held a 35-26 edge in shots, a 27-20 advantage in ground balls and won 14-of-23 face-offs.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks look to win their seventh straight game when they play at St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday, April 19th at 3:30 p.m.