BELMONT, N.C. (Sept. 1, 2017) – Despite a goal from junior Kayly Bryan (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) and eight saves from junior Cheradyn Pettit (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer), the Mercy College field hockey team opened up its 2017 campaign with a 2-1 loss to Belmont Abbey College in ECAC Division II Field Hockey League action on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The Mavericks (0-1, 0-1 ECAC) fall to the Crusaders (1-0, 1-0 ECAC) in the schools' first-ever meeting.
Bryan finished with one shot on goal, while junior Angela Robbins (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) netted an assist. Pettit played the full 70 minutes in goal in taking the loss.
Belmont Abbey received both goals from Madison Ensley and Demetria Barrow contributed an assist. Paige Hinds made one save to earn the victory.
The Crusaders came out firing to begin the contest, recording the first five shots of the game with Pettit making one save. However, the Mavericks would score first as Bryan took a feed from Robbins following a penalty corner in the 31st minute to give Mercy a 1-0 lead.
After a lightning delay, Belmont Abbey knotted the score at 1-1 as Ensley poked the ball into the goal after receiving a pass from Barrow. The score stayed tied at 1-1 heading into halftime as the Crusaders held a 6-1 edge in shots.
The second half saw the Mavericks come up with a scoring chance in the 46th minute, but junior Alicia Williams (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) had her shot stopped by Hinds to keep the score at 1-1. Belmont Abbey responded by going on the attack and Pettit was up to the challenge as she made seven saves in the frame.
Ensley broke the 1-1 draw in the 67th minute when she poked in a loose ball in front of the goal to put the Crusaders up 2-1. Time would run out on the Mavericks and Belmont Abbey came away with the season-opening win.
The Crusaders ended the contest with a 16-4 edge in shots and a 10-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Head Coach Deirdre O'Neill and the Mavericks look to bounce back when they play at Limestone College tomorrow at 1 p.m.