SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Sept. 9, 2017) – Led by the game-winning goal from junior Angela Robbins (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) in the 19th minute of action, the Mercy College field hockey team earned a 1-0 road victory over American International College on Saturday night at Abdow Field.
The Mavericks (1-3) pick up their first win of the season, while the Yellow Jackets (0-4) remain winless on the year.
Robbins finished with two shots on goal, while junior Alicia Williams (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) dished out an assist. Freshman Kellie Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) also had two shots on goal. Freshman Brooke Anthony (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) and senior Samantha Perez (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) recorded a shot on goal apiece. Junior Cheradyn Pettit (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer) played the first half in the cage to earn the win before giving way to junior Julia Amell (Greene, N.Y./Greene), who made one save in the second half.
American International was led by Jenny Holmquist who had the team's lone shot on goal. Alexis Torosian made five saves in a losing effort.
Mercy looked to pick up their first win of the season and came out strong, forcing Torosian to make two saves in the first eight minutes of action. Torosian stopped an Anthony shot in the 16th minute to keep the score at 0-0.
However, the Mavericks continued to battle and Robbins got Mercy on the board, off an assist from Williams, giving the Mavericks a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute. Znaniecki looked to give Mercy a two-goal cushion, but Torosian came up with a stop to hold the score at 1-0 heading into halftime.
In the second half, both teams recorded one shot on goal, but the goalies were up to the challenge to give the Mavericks a 1-0 victory. Amell came up with a big stop following a penalty corner in the 68th minute that helped secure the win.
Mercy held a 13-7 edge in shots, while penalty corners were even at 7-7.
Head Coach Deirdre O'Neill and the Mavericks resume action on Wednesday, September 13th when they host Pace University at 3 p.m.