EASTON, Mass. (Sept. 9, 2017) – Despite the first collegiate goal from redshirt freshman Gaston Rozenblum (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Escuelas Tenicas ORT), the Mercy College men's soccer team suffered a 2-1 setback to Stonehill College on Saturday afternoon at Skyhawk Field.
The Mavericks (2-2) see their two-game winning streak come to an end, while the Skyhawks (3-1-1) have won two games in a row.
Rozenblum had one shot goal, while junior Lucca Lacerda (Passos, Brazil/Monroe College) had an assist and a team-high three shots on goal. Senior Kwantarian Van der Lara (Stockholm, Sweden/Marshalltown CC) made two saves to take the loss.
Leading Stonehill were Adam Branco and Mackenzie Hoglund who both recorded a goal, while Matthew Mesiti and Branco chipped in assists. Conor McDonough made three saves to earn the win.
Mercy entered the contest looking for their third straight win and they got off to a strong start as Rozenblum scored in the 5th minute of action to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead. The redshirt freshman took a pass from Lacerda and shot from the top left corner of the 18.
Stonehill came right back in the 14th minute and evened the score up at 1-1 when Branco received a long ball from Mesiti and headed it into the left corner from the top of the six. Lacerda later followed with a shot on goal in the 37th minute that was stopped by McDonough and the teams went into halftime tied at 1-1.
Lacerda began the second half with another shot on goal in the first minute of play, but McDonough was up to the challenge. It remained tied at 1-1 until the 64th minute when Branco fed Hoglund, who then fired the ball into the net, to put the Skyhawks up 2-1.
Seniors Ericson Penate (Reseda, Calif./LA Mission JC) and Adil Gowani (Huntington Station, N.Y./Nassau CC) would both hit the post with shots as the Mavericks looked for the equalizer, but time would run out and Stonehill escaped with the win.
Mercy held an 11-6 edge in shots and each team took one corner.
Head Coach Pedro Velazquez and the Mavericks resume action on Tuesday, September 12th when they host Jefferson University at 3 p.m.