Mens Lacrosse Falls to Local Rival Pace on Last-Minute Goal
Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Local Rival Pace on
The Mercy College men’s lacrosse team dropped a difficult 4-3 decision to Pace University today at Pleasantville High School, giving up the game-winner with less than 30 seconds to play. Mercy falls to 1-1 on the year, while Pace is now 1-0.
With the score tied at three, Pace’s Nick Ospina scored his third goal of the game to give the Setters the 4-3 win. Ospina had just tied the score 1:25 prior.
On a cold day in Pleasantville, both teams turned the ball over more than 20 times apiece. Defense was at a premium as well, with Mercy’s goalie T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) making 15 saves, while his Pace counterpart Sean Kearney made seven stops.
For the second time in as many games, Mercy’s Joe Pulido (Copaigue, N.Y./Copaigue) won the opening faceoff, giving the Mavs the first possession. Play flowed back-and-forth, with both teams turning the ball over, until Pace’s Thomas Earl scored, giving the Setters an early 1-0 lead. Late in the first quarter, Mercy took advantage of a long possession, finally knotting the score on an Alex Martello (Montville, N.J./Montville) unassisted goal.
To open the second half, Mercy was on the verge of taking the lead for the first time in the game, but Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) hit the post. No one would score in the stanza, and the game went into the half tied at one goal apiece.
In the third, Sean Wallin (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) scored that elusive second goal for Mercy at the 12:45 mark. Pace retaliated quickly, winning the ensuing faceoff and scoring less than a minute later to again knot the score.
Physical play continued, with no more goals scored in the third quarter.
Heading into the final fifteen minutes with the score tied, the game was up for grabs. Marzocca once again put the Mavs up, with an unassisted goal with 8:01 to play. Both teams had scoring opportunities, but neither could light the lamp, until Ospina’s heroics in the game’s waning moments.
On the day, Marzocca, Wallin and Martello had one goal apiece, while John Fitzpatrick (Yorktown, N.Y./Lakeland) had an assist on the Wallin goal. Mercy was flagged for five penalties for 4:00, but successfully held Pace scoreless.
Mercy will next travel to C.W. Post on Sunday for a 1:00 p.m. contest. The Pioneers are 2-0 on the season, and will face Seton Hill on Saturday. C.W. Post is the #1 ranked team in the country in the latest USILA poll, garnering eight of the nine first place votes.