PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Mar. 13, 2013) - On Wednesday, the Mercy College women's lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season against Philadelphia University, 13-12, despite a hat trick from senior Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y.). With the win, the Rams improved to 1-2 on the year. Following the defeat, the Mavericks slipped to 3-1.
Leading by just one goal (4-3) with 10:53 left in the opening half, the Rams ripped off four unanswered goals to take an 8-3 advantage with 3:18 left.
Mercy was able to score a pair of goals before the intermission hit, as junior Kristen Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and sophomore Michelle Tiernan (Farmingdale, N.Y.) found the back of the netting.
Following halftime, Mercy outscored the Rams, 7-5, but couldn't overcome the first period deficit. Philadelphia took home the 13-12 win. Mercy's 12th goal was scored with 7:26 remaining in regulation, but the Mavericks weren't able to penetrate the Rams' defense and find the back of the cage for the tie.
In all, Hurley finished with three goals, while Tiernan, Znaniecki, junior Tracey Wandle (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and junior Kelsey Bub (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) all scored two each. Between the pipes, senior Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y.) made 12 saves.
For the Rams, Emily Ray recorded four goals, while Libby Nichols and Lauren Hartman had two each. In the cage, Felicia Branagan made two saves.
Head Coach Dawn Anselmin and the Mavericks return home to play Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday, Mar. 16 at 1:00 p.m.