DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Apr. 7, 2017) – Powered by a game-high six goals and 11 draw controls from sophomore Hunter Isnardi (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), the No. 17 Mercy College women's lacrosse team earned a 15-8 victory over ECC foe Roberts Wesleyan College on Friday afternoon at Mercy Field.
The Mavericks (10-1, 2-1 ECC) bounce back from their first loss of the season on Tuesday, while the Redhawks (5-7, 3-2 ECC) have dropped four of their last five games.
Isnardi also had four ground balls and a caused turnovers, while graduate student Alexa Haines (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) had three goals and four assists. Junior Grace Davidson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) scored four goals, including the 100th of her career, with three caused turnovers. Freshmen Katherine Sanchez (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) and Brittani Sergio (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) netted the Mavericks other two goals and sophomore Talia Stagnitta (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) added an assist. Stagnitta also had five ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead the defense. Senior Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) played the full 60 minutes in goal and made ten saves to earn the win.
Roberts Wesleyan was led by Cassley Jackowski who had a team-high five goals, while Shannon Knapp played 60 minutes in net with 17 saves to take the loss.
Mercy looked to bounce back from their first loss of the season on Tuesday, but would fall behind 3-0 with 24:57 remaining in the opening half. Davidson got the Mavericks on the board at the 19:24 mark to make it a 3-1 game. Isnardi later took control and followed with three straight goals to put Mercy back on track with their first lead of the game, 4-3, with 11:33 left in the half.
Jackowski netted her third goal of the game at the 10:16 mark to tie the game up at 4-4. Isnardi and Jackowski traded goals to bring the score to a 5-5 tie with 6:28 left in the first half. Isnardi put the Mavericks up for good with her fifth goal of the half and Haines and Davidson tallied goals to put Mercy up 8-5 at halftime.
The Mavericks regained their form in the second half as they outscored the Redhawks 7-3 to cruise to their tenth win. Sergio opened the scoring less than a minute in to make it 9-5 before Davidson netted her third goal of the contest to make it 10-5.
Jackowski recorded her final goal of the game to bring the score to 10-6. Isnardi answered with her sixth goal of the game and Haines got on the board to increase the Mercy lead to 12-6 with 21:40 remaining. The Mavericks held their own the rest of the way as Haines, Davidson and Sanchez finished off the scoring for Mercy.
Mercy held a 42-21 edge in shots, a 29-20 advantage in ground balls and a 17-8 edge in draw controls.
Head Coach Dawn Anselmin and the Mavericks resume action on Sunday, April 9th at UDC at Catholic University at 6:30 p.m.