BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (May 5, 2016) – Despite two goals from ECC Rookie of the Year Hunter Isnardi (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), the No. 3 seeded Mercy College women's lacrosse team dropped a 6-2 decision to No. 2 seed LIU Post in an East Coast Conference (ECC) Lacrosse Championship Semifinal matchup on Thursday afternoon at Bethpage Stadium.
The Mavericks (12-6) will now wait for a possible postseason berth, while the Pioneers (15-3) will face the winner of Molloy/Dowling in the championship game on Saturday.
Isnardi finished with both of the Mavericks goals, while senior Meg McNally (Hillburn, N.Y./Lock Haven Univ.) and sophomore Grace Davidson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) both ended the day with an assist. Freshman Talia Stagnitta (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) concluded the day with a team-high-tying three groundballs and caused a team-high two turnovers. Junior Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) played the full 60 minutes in net and made six saves in a losing effort.
LIU Post received a game-high three goals from Honey Roche. Olivia Kirk started and played the entire 60 minutes with eight saves to pick up the win.
After losing a tough game to the Pioneers less than a week ago, the Mavericks came out and put forth a strong performance against the No. 5 team in the country. The contest remained scoreless for nearly the entire first half until Roche netted her first goal of the game at the 7:39 mark to make it 1-0.
It remained 1-0 until Isnardi scored her first of the day off a pass from Davidson to tie the score up at 1-1 with 3:22 left in the half. Emily Delaney broke the tie with 2:34 on the first half clock off an assist from Roche to make it 2-1. Mercy looked to be heading into halftime down just one, but Roche notched a man-up goal with 33 seconds left in the half to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead at the intermission.
LIU Post came out of the intermission with the first goal of the half at the 29:02 mark to increase the lead to 4-1. However, the Mavericks continued to battle and Isnardi got Mercy within two, 4-2, following her second of the day with 21:20 remaining.
The Mavericks looked to inch closer, but Delaney scored again less than a minute later to increase the lead to 5-2 with 20 minutes left in the game. The game stayed 5-2 until the 2:57 mark when Stefani Vagelatos tallied the final goal of the contest to help the Pioneers cap off the win.
LIU Post held a 21-13 edge in shots and an 18-17 advantage in groundballs. The Pioneers also held a 9-1 edge in draw controls.