DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (May 14, 2016) – Despite goals from sophomore Grace Davidson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and freshmen Talia Stagnitta (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) and Marissa Spinazzola (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue), the No. 1 seed Mercy College women's lacrosse team suffered a 13-3 setback to No. 2 seed Pace University in the ECAC Division II Women's Lacrosse Championship Game on Saturday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The game's Most Outstanding Player was Pace goalkeeper Alissa Silvestri who had ten saves in earning her tenth win of the year.
The Mavericks (12-7) conclude the season with their most wins in program history after making their first ECC Tournament appearance and first postseason appearance. The Setters (10-8) cap off the second year of the program with their first-ever ECAC Championship.
Davidson ended the contest with a team-high two points, while Stagnitta and Spinazzola both scored the first goals as Mavericks. Stagnitta also added a game-high six groundballs and senior Angelica McQuade (Bethpage, N.Y./Plainedge) and junior Melissa DellaRocca (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) added a game-high-tying two caused turnovers. Junior Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) made the start in net and made three saves in taking the loss, ending the season at 11-4.
Pace was led by Casey Gelderman who had a game-high seven goals, while Abby Haimson finished the contest with two goals and five assists. Silvestri allowed just one goal in the second half in concluding the season at 10-8 in goal.
In a matchup of two Westchester County schools, the Setters broke through with the game's first two goals after ten minutes of scoreless action. Gelderman netted her first at the 20:16 mark before Haimson got on the board less than a minute later to make it 2-0.
However, the Mavericks battled and evened up the score at 2-2 with 11:50 left in the first half following goals from Davidson and Spinazzola. The game would not remain tied for long as Stephanie Chadnick scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart to give the Setters the lead for good at 4-2 with 10:20 left in the half. The score remained 4-2 until Courtney Pabst recorded a man-up goal with 53 seconds remaining in the period to give Pace a 5-2 advantage heading into halftime.
After a scoreless opening five minutes of the second half, Pabst tallied another goal to make it 6-2. Gelderman then ensued with five unanswered goals to increase the Pace lead to 11-2 with 11:18 remaining. The Setters increased their advantage to 13-2 with 5:23 left before Stagnitta notched her first collegiate goal just before time ran out.
Pace held a 22-17 edge in shots, while Mercy maintained a 16-13 advantage in groundballs. The Setters held an 11-5 edge in draw controls and went 5-of-8 on free position shots.