Women's Lacrosse Rallies to Top ECC Foe Seton Hill in 11-10 Thriller
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (April 20, 2012) – Junior midfielder Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y.) netted a hat trick and made one assist as the Mercy College women's lacrosse team staged an incredible second-half rally to top East Coast Conference foe Seton Hill University, 11-10.
Mercy improves to 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the ECC with the victory, while Seton Hill drops to 10-4 (3-3).
Mercy struck first on a goal from Hurley but Seton Hill quickly got its act together, scoring the last three goals of the first half to take a 6-4 edge into the break. The Griffins got back on the board first in the second half to go up 7-4, but then Mercy started to rally.
Junior midfielder Julie Darnulc (Baldwin, N.Y.), sophomore attacker Kristen Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and Hurley each netted a pair of goals over the next 16 minutes as the Mavericks scored six unanswered goals to turn the tables and take a 10-7 lead. Seton Hill was not out yet, however, scoring two quick goals to pull within one and getting the game-tying man-up free position goal after junior midfielder Kelsey Sullivan (Mastic, N.Y.) was yellow carded.
With just 1:34 remaining, Mercy took the draw control and ran the ball up field, holding it until about 30 seconds remained before making its move. The Mavericks passed behind the net and back up top when Hurley cut to the right and found junior midfielder Kelsey Sullivan (Mastic, N.Y.), who made up for her earlier penalty by slotting home the go-ahead with just 27 seconds left. The Mavericks won the next draw control and ran out the clock to seal the victory.
Hurley's four points led the Mavericks and Znaniecki also netted a hat trick while picking up a team-high five ground balls. Freshman midfielder Alyssa Handel (Medford, N.Y.) grabbed three draw controls while tying with junior goalkeeper Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y.) with two caused turnovers. DiLegge made 14 saves in net.
Freshman midfielder Alessandra Nicholas (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the Griffins with four goals while senior midfielder Amanda Malkowski (Bel Air, Md.) and junior attacker Morgan Cain (Fairmont, W. Va.) shared the team high with four ground balls. Cain added a team-high three assists and senior goalkeeper Nadine Wallace (Port Republic, Md.) made only six saves in net, although she avoided the loss after being replaced with 4:42 to play.
Head Coach Francesca DeLorenzo and the Mavericks will be back at Mavericks Field tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 as they host Lake Erie College (7-6, 1-4) in another ECC matchup at 10:00 a.m. The Mavericks will also be celebrating Senior Day as they recognize the program's first graduating senior, defender Dana Harjus (Lindenhurst, N.Y.).