BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (May 6, 2017) - Despite two goals and a game-high seven draw controls from ECC Offensive Player of the Year Hunter Isnardi (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), the No. 3 seeded Mercy College women's lacrosse team dropped a 12-7 decision to No. 1 seed LIU Post in an East Coast Conference (ECC) Lacrosse Championship Game matchup on Saturday afternoon at Bethpage Stadium.
The Mavericks (16-3) will now wait for a possible NCAA Tournament berth, while the Pioneers (15-2) earn the 2017 East Coast Conference Championship.
Isnardi led the Mavericks with two goals, four ground balls, seven draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Freshman Katherine Sanchez (Freeport, N.Y. / Freeport) had one goal, two assists, and three ground balls. Graduate student Alexa Haines (Lindenhurst, N.Y. / Lindenhurst) added one goal, one assist, and one ground ball. Freshman Brittani Sergio (Lake Grove, N.Y. /Sachem North), sophomore Grace Davidson (West Islip, N.Y./ West Islip),and senior Tori DiFusco (Mahopac, N.Y. / SUNY Cortland) all chipped in one goal. Senior Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills East) played a full 60 minutes in the net, recording 10 saves.
LIU Post had a game-high three goals from Ryan McKinney. Alyssa Mallery, Stefani Vagelatos and Brianna LeCompte all added two goals for the Pioneers. Mallery led the squad with four draw controls. Olivia Kirk earned the win for the Pioneers in the net, playing a full 60 minutes and making 18 saves.
After losing a tough game to the Pioneers two weeks ago, the Mavericks came out and put forth a strong performance against the No. 5 team in the country. The Pioneers were able to net two quick goals within the first seven minutes of the contest. However, Sergio put Mercy on the board with 21:20 on the clock off a pass from Haines.
The Pioneers increased their lead to 5-1 when McKinney was able to score back-to-back goals followed by a third from LeCompte. Haines took it upon herself with 2:53 left on the clock and found the back of the cage to get the Mavericks back in the offensive grove. Mallery would give the Pioneers a 6-2 lead entering halftime when she was able to put one away for LIU Post.
The Mavericks came out ready to play in the second half, as they were able to net three quick goals. The scoring began with DiFusco who found the back of the cage five minutes into the half off a free position shot. Seven minutes later Davidson and Isnardi were able to bring the game within one goal when they scored two goals in less than thirty seconds. The Mavericks were down by one goal with 17:29 to go in the game.
Vagelatos put LIU Post back on the board when she capitalized on a free position shot at the 14-minute mark. Sanchez then took control and found the back of the net for the Mavericks when she was able to score unassisted to improve the score to 7-6, the Mavericks trailing by one. It was four unanswered goals from LIU Post in the next five minutes that would eventually earn them the victory. Despite an Isnardi goal in the last 46 seconds of play, the Mavericks eventually fell to the Pioneers 12-7.
Despite the loss, Mercy held a 30-26 edge in shots and a 17-11 advantage in groundballs. The Mavericks also held an 11-10 edge in draw controls.