DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (May 16, 2017) – The 2017 Mercy College women's lacrosse season was one of firsts and we take a look back at the historic season.
After winning a school record 12 games in 2016, the Mavericks entered the 2017 season with more expectations and would not disappoint as they finished the season with a 16-4 record. Mercy began the campaign picked third in the ECC Preseason Coaches Poll, the highest ranking in program history.
Mercy began the 2017 season on February 24th with a 14-7 victory over Indianapolis and concluded the month of February with a narrow 11-9 triumph over Assumption on February 28th to improve to 2-0.
The Mavericks opened up the month of March with a resounding 15-4 win at Merrimack and later posted the first shutout in program history with a 19-0 victory at Holy Family on March 23rd. Mercy concluded the month with a pair of double-digit wins to end the month of March with an impressive 8-0 record.
Along with the strong start came many individual accolades and the program's first-ever national ranking. The Mavericks improved to 9-0 on April 1st following a 19-8 victory over Millersville. Mercy then hosted their first nationally-ranked team of the season in NYIT on April 4th. The Mavericks got off to a strong start before suffering their first loss of the season, 13-11, to the Bears.
Mercy did not let the loss get to them and followed with four more victories to improve to 13-1 heading into a Senior Day matchup with No. 5 LIU Post. The Mavericks jumped out to an early lead but the Pioneers proved too much and won 16-11, moving Mercy to 13-2.
The Mavericks once again bounced back and ended the regular season with two more wins to conclude the regular season with a 15-2 mark. The season brought a school record seven All-ECC selections and Head Coach Dawn Anselmin was named ECC Coach of the Year.
With their strong regular season, the Mavericks earned the No. 3 seed in the ECC Tournament for the second consecutive year. In the semifinals, Mercy got revenge against NYIT, earning a 9-7 victory on the road to advance to the Championship Game for the first time in school history. The Mavericks battled LIU Post in the Championship Game before falling 12-7.
Mercy awaited a possible NCAA Tournament bid and heard their named called for the first time in program history as the No. 5 seed in the North Region. The Mavericks faced No. 4 seed New Haven in the First Round at Adelphi. Mercy held their own most of the way, but ended up falling 12-10 to see their season come to an end. The Mavericks ended the season with a 16-4 record and were ranked No. 12 in the latest IWLCA Coaches Poll, setting a precedent for future success of the program.