NEWBERRY, S.C. (Sept. 4, 2017) – Despite a goal from senior Samantha Perez (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue), the Mercy College field hockey team suffered a 2-1 setback to Newberry College in ECAC Division II Field Hockey League action on Monday afternoon at Setzler Field.
The Mavericks (0-3, 0-3 ECAC) drop their third straight ECAC game to begin the season, while the Wolves (2-1, 1-0 ECAC) earn a win in their ECAC opener.
Perez scored her first collegiate goal, while junior Alicia Williams (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) and sophomore Sabrina Anderson (East Rochester, N.Y./East Rochester Jr/Sr HS) added shots on goal. Junior Cheradyn Pettit (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer) played the full 70 minutes in goal and made four saves in a losing effort.
Newberry received goals from Haley Smith and Brady Keeler, while Keeler also contributed an assist. Dakota Elzy played the first 57:52 of the contest with two saves to earn the win.
Mercy looked to pick up their first win of the season, but the Wolves got on the board first in the 11th minute when Keeler scored off an assist from Gabrielle Bazemore to make it 1-0.
Pettit made three saves in the period to keep the score at 1-0 heading into halftime with Newberry holding a 7-0 edge in shots.
The Mavericks came out strong in the second half and outshot the Wolves 3-2 in the half with Williams and Anderson forcing Elzy to make a pair of saves early in the half.
Newberry tacked onto their lead when Smith found the back of the cage on a shot to the bottom right of the goal, increasing the Wolves lead to 2-0 in the 54th minute.
Mercy did not give up and Perez would be rewarded when she found got the Mavericks on the board with a shot to the bottom left of the cage to make it 2-1 in the 58th minute. Mercy would not be able to find the equalizer and the Wolves escaped with the 2-1 victory.
Newberry held a 9-3 edge in shots and a 6-5 advantage in penalty corners.
Head Coach Deirdre O'Neill and the Mavericks look to bounce back when they play at American International College on Saturday, September 9th at 5 p.m.