SPARKILL, N.Y. (Apr. 19, 2017) – Powered by 11 different Mavericks scoring, the No. 9 Mercy College men's lacrosse team matched the school record for wins in a season with a convincing 17-7 victory over ECC foe St. Thomas Aquinas College on Wednesday afternoon at Spartan Field.
The Mavericks (11-2, 7-0 ECC) have now won seven games in a row and tie the school record for most ECC wins in a season previously set in 2013 and 2011, while the Spartans (4-9, 1-6 ECC) have dropped two games in a row.
Sophomore Bobby Chillianis (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) led the way with a game-high four goals, while freshman Tommy McPartland (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) contributed three goals, an assist and three ground balls. Junior Chris Martinez (Uniondale, N.Y./Nassau CC) netted two goals and senior Nathan Korutz (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City), sophomore Ryan MacSpadyen (Toronto, Ontario/Seneca College) and freshman Anthony DeVito (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) all recorded a goal and an assist. Also, scoring for the Mavericks was senior Daniel Speicher (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford), sophomores Luke Baron (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) and Matthew DeFeo (Upper Brookville, N.Y./St. Dominic) and freshmen Joe Cortese (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland) and John McMahon (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon). McMahon and freshman Antonio Rey (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) both had a team-high six ground balls and sophomore Kieran Murchie (Franklin Square, N.Y./H. Frank Carey) added a caused turnover. Sophomore Nick Sehring (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) went 13-of-16 on faceoffs and Rey went 11-of-12. Sophomore Ryan Gibbons (Seaford, N.Y./Dowling College) played the first half in goal and made five saves to earn the win.
St. Thomas Aquinas was led by Tyler Senatore and Brenton Mighty who both scored twice, while goalie Ryan Guild played the full 60 minutes in net with 13 saves.
Mercy entered the contest off the program's first-ever win over LIU Post and looked to continue their six-game winning streak. Martinez helped get the Mavericks on track when he scored the game's opening goal at the 12:58 mark. DeVito followed with a goal just 14 seconds later to make it 2-0.
MacSpadyen, Chillianis and Speicher continued the onslaught and added goals to increase the Mercy lead to 5-0 with 4:19 remaining in the first quarter. Chillianis, McPartland and Baron concluded the scoring in the quarter to give the Mavericks a commanding 8-0 lead after one quarter.
Chillianis and McPartland began the second quarter with back-to-back goals to put the lead at 10-0 with 10:24 left in the half. Senatore scored his first goal of the game to end the drought for the Spartans, making it 10-1. Chillianis, McPartland and Martinez closed the half with three straight tallies to send Mercy into halftime up 13-1.
St. Thomas Aquinas outscored the Mavericks 2-1 in the third quarter with Cortese scoring the lone Mercy goal, giving the Mavericks a 14-3 advantage after three quarters. DeFeo, McMahon and Korutz finished off the scoring in the fourth quarter to complete the victory for Mercy.
Mercy held a 40-30 edge in shots, a 46-23 edge in ground balls and went 24-of-28 on faceoffs.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks resume action on Sunday, April 23rd when they play at Lake Erie at 12 p.m.