DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 23, 2016) – Junior Alexa Haines (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) posted a game-high four goals and one assist and sophomore Emily Jehle (Wading River, N.Y./Riverhead) added three goals and two assists, as the Mercy College women's lacrosse team picked up their fifth straight win with a, 13-7, Senior Day victory over Molloy College in an East Coast Conference clash on Saturday afternoon at Mercy Field.
In a ceremony prior to the game seniors Meg McNally (Hillburn, N.Y./Lock Haven Univ.), Nicole Kline (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) and Angelica McQuade (Bethpage, N.Y./Plainedge) were recognized for the careers as Mavericks.
The Mavericks (11-4, 5-2 ECC) finish the regular season 9-0 at home and move into third place in the ECC standings. The top four at the end of the regular season qualify for the ECC Tournament. The Lions (9-5, 4-2 ECC) see their two-game winning streak come to an end. The win over Molloy is the first in program history.
For the Mavericks, freshman Hunter Isnardi (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) was a threat throughout the field, as she recorded two goals, two assists, two caused turnovers, and a game-high five draw controls and four ground balls. Sophomore Grace Davidson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) added two goals, three ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Kline and McNally both added one goal. Kline also added one ground ball, one draw control, and one caused turnover. McNally added three assists for the victory.
Jessica Markowitz recorded a hat-trick for the Lions, scoring three goals, while grabbing two draw controls and one ground ball. Alexa Watson, Meghan Orlando, Katie O'Brien, and Brianna Wilson each added one for Molloy.
Mercy played a strong first half, as they were able to score six goals compared to the Lions one. Jehle opened up the scoring for the Mavericks at the 27:20 mark to put Mercy up 1-0. Five minutes later, Jehle would assist Isnardi in her first goal of the game. She then would add another assist at the 22:01 mark to set Haines up for her first goal of the contest. Haines was able to score the fourth goal of the game at the 12:34 mark off of a pass from McNally. Molloy would get on the board at the 4:19 mark when O'Brien put one in the net, unassisted. Isnardi closed the first half at the 3:44 mark with her second goal of the game, assisted by Haines. The Mavericks entered halftime with a 6-1 lead.
The Lions would be the first to score in the second half, as Markowitz put Molloy on the board at the 26:13 mark. Jehle was able to bring the score to 7-2 at the 24:51 mark when she scored unassisted. Back-to-back goals from the Lions in the 24th and 23rd minutes from Markowitz and Wilson kept the Mavericks on their heels. Mercy was able to answer back and score six unanswered goals in the remaining time of the half. Davidson got the scoring started when she scored an unassisted goal at the 21:52 mark. Kline was then able to score just two minutes later off of an assist from Isnardi. Haines added her third goal of the game at the 17:20 mark off of an assist from McNally. McNally was then set up for a goal at 15:10 when Isnardi was able to dish off a pass. Haines and Jehle wrapped up the scoring for Mercy in the 15th and 12th minutes of the contest. The Lions would score three more goals in the remaining time, but it was not enough compared to the Mavericks. Molloy fell to the Mavericks 13-7 in regulation time.
Junior Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) played a full 60 minutes in net for the Mavericks, recording seven saves and grabbing three ground balls. Rocco is currently 10-1 in cage this season. Caroline Winters also played a full 60 minutes in goal, recording 15 saves for the Lions.
Head Coach Dawn Anselmin and the Mavericks will return to action on Wednesday, Apr. 27th when they travel to Essex Valley School to take on the Caldwell University Cougars at 4:00 pm.