DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 8, 2017) – Powered by a season-high five goals from sophomore Hunter Isnardi (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), the Mercy College women's lacrosse team improved to 4-0 for the first time in school history with a 16-8 victory over Georgian Court University on Wednesday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (4-0) are now 12-1 in their last 13 home games, while the Lions (0-4) remain winless on the year.
Isnardi had a game-high five goals and added eight draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Graduate student Alexa Haines (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) contributed four goals and an assist, while freshman Katherine Sanchez (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) recorded five points on two goals and three assists. Junior Grace Davidson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) netted three goals and junior Emily Jehle (Wading River, N.Y./Riverhead) picked up a goal and two assists. Freshman Brittani Sergio (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) rounded out six Mavericks scoring with her third of the year. Sophomore Talia Stagnitta (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) led the defense with seven ground balls and four caused turnovers, while senior Melissa DellaRocca (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) ended the game with four caused turnovers. Senior Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) played the final 45:41 of the game and made six saves to earn the win and improve to 3-0.
Georgian Court was led by Taylor Bauerband who had a team-high three goals and goalkeeper Amber Neumann made 15 saves in a losing effort.
Mercy looked to make history and start 4-0 for the first time ever and Jehle opened the scoring up at the 24:23 mark to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead. The visitors got on the board less than a minute later to even the score up at 1-1.
Haines began a run of three straight goals for Mercy as Sanchez and then Haines again scored to put the Mavericks ahead 4-1 with 22 minutes left in the half. The teams traded goals to make it 5-2 with 21:38 left in the opening half. The Lions would score four straight goals to take their only lead of the game, 6-5, with 11:24 remaining before halftime.
Mercy regrouped and Isnardi tallied three straight goals to put the Mavericks back in front, 8-6, with 1:44 left in the half. Davidson put Mercy on the board again with five seconds left, off an assist Haines, to send the Mavericks into the intermission with a 9-6 lead.
The two teams traded goals to begin the second half, making it 10-7. Mercy would go on to score six of the final seven goals in the contest as Isnardi, Haines and Davidson all scored twice to finish off the victory.
Mercy held a 38-17 edge in shots, a 23-14 advantage in ground balls and a 16-10 edge in draw controls.
Head Coach Dawn Anselmin and the Mavericks resume action on Saturday, March 11th when they play at Philadelphia University at 12 p.m.