DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Aug. 9, 2017) – For the third year in a row, Mercy College Athletics will recap the year by counting down the Top-10 most memorable moments of the 2016-17 season, with all 10 sports represented.
Mercy College Athletics will release a Top-10 moment, as chosen by the athletics staff, with a weekly recap every Wednesday throughout the summer, culminating with the top moment from the 2016-17 athletic year being unveiled on August 23rd.
No. 3 – Men's Lacrosse Qualifies for ECC Tournament for Third Year in a Row and Advances to Championship Game for First Time
Our No. 3 moment in year three of our top-10 goes to men's lacrosse who qualified for the ECC Tournament for the third year in a row and advanced to the Championship Game for the first time.
The Mavericks were ranked No. 13 in the USILA Division II Coaches Preseason Poll and were projected to finish third in the ECC standings for the second straight year.
Mercy began their 2017 season with a convincing 18-5 victory over American International College as freshman Tommy McPartland began his collegiate career with a game-high nine points. The Mavericks continued their winning ways when they took down Georgian Court University by a score of 16-6 to improve to 2-0 on the season.
After the pair of victories, the Mavericks moved up to No. 10 in the USILA Coaches Poll. Mercy continued to impress and earned a 12-5 victory over Saint Rose on February 21st to move to 3-0. Following a close loss to No. 6 Seton Hill, Mercy picked up win No. 4 as senior Daniel Speicher had a game-high six points to lead the Mavericks to an 11-10 victory over Saint Anselm.
Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks then took on the defending National Champions and No. 1 Le Moyne. Mercy held their own throughout the contest before falling 8-4, dropping to 4-2 on the season.
Mercy bounced back and ensued with a seven-game winning streak to move to 11-2 on the season. The Mavericks picked up a pair of key ECC overtime victories over Chestnut Hill College and Molloy College to secure the program's third straight ECC Tournament berth. During the stretch, the Mavericks also recorded their first-ever win over LIU Post and notched the No. 2 seed in the ECC Tournament.
The Mavericks ended the regular season with an 11-4 mark and would host Chestnut Hill in the program's first-ever ECC Tournament home game. Mercy had little problem with the Griffins in the semifinals, earning an impressive 15-3 win to move to the ECC Championship Game for the first time ever.
Levine led the Mavericks into the Championship Game against perennial ECC power NYIT. The Mavericks led throughout before the Bears clawed their way back and earned a victory in the final seconds of the first overtime.
Despite the loss in the Championship Game, the 2017 season proved to be the most successful in program history. Mercy won a school-record 12 games and had a school-record ten named to the ECC All-Conference teams. McPartland was tabbed Rookie of the Year and sophomore Max Littleton received ECC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Ryan MacSpadyen and Littleton were named First Team selections, while Bobby Chillianis, Kevin McNally, Christian Gebhardt and Luke Baron were Second Team honorees. McPartland, James McCorvey, Nick Sehring and Ryan Gibbons earned Third Team recognition and Levine was tabbed Coach of the Year after leading the Mavericks to a No. 13 nationally ranking in the final USILA Coaches Poll.
The awards did not stop there as McPartland was tabbed ECAC Rookie of the Year and MacSpadyen received All-ECAC First Team recognition. The success was not just limited to the playing field as the Mavericks received the ECC Academic Team of Excellence Award for the second time after finishing with a cumulative GPA of 3.285.
Schedule for the Top-10 Moments of the 2016-17 Season
Every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks, the Mercy College Athletics Department will release the Top-10 moments one at a time beginning with the No. 10 moment on Wednesday, June 21. The No. 1 moment will be unveiled on Wednesday, August 23.
No. 1 – August 23
No. 2 – August 16
No. 3 – August 9