Darnulc and Znaniecki Lead Women's Lacrosse to Third Straight Victory With 14-11 Win Over ECC Foe Lake Erie
DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (April 21, 2012) – Junior midfielder Julie Darnulc (Baldwin, N.Y.) and sophomore attacker Kristen Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Satation, N.Y.) each totaled five points as the Mercy College women's lacrosse team extended its three-game winning streak with a victory over East Coast Conference foe Lake Erie College, 14-11, on Saturday morning.
Mercy improves to 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the ECC, while Lake Erie drops to 7-7 (1-5).
Before the game, the Mavericks honored senior defender Dana Harjus (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), who has totaled 28 caused turnovers and 56 ground balls over her three seasons, which rank second and fourth, respectively, in the program's history.
The game started out slow with neither team holding possession long enough to get a clear look at goal over the first several minutes, but the Storm picked their game up before long, forcing a couple saves and hitting a post before finally finding the net seven minutes in to take the 1-0 lead. Mercy answered immediately to tie it back up and quickly struck for two more to take a 3-1 lead but Lake Erie recovered and took a 5-4 lead shortly after. Mercy bounced back in time to score four of the final five goals of the half to take an 8-6 lead into the break, however.
The Storm found the back of the net within the first minute of the second half and picked up another just minutes later to knot the game once again, but the Mavericks responded by rattling off four straight to take a commanding 12-8 lead they would not relinquish, holding on over the final 16 minutes for a three-goal victory.
Darnulc and junior attacker Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y.) each scored four goals with Darnulc adding an assist while Znaniecki netted a brace and made three assists. Sophomore attacker Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) also scored twice while junior midfielder Kelsey Sullivan (Mastic, N.Y.) picked up a team-high three ground balls and junior midfielder Brittany Ott (Copiague, N.Y.) grabbed five draw controls. Junior goalkeeper Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y.) made 11 saves in net.
Sophomore attacker Annie Mendoza (Lansing, Mich.) led the Storm with four goals and two assists, with three others scoring twice each. Sophomore midfielder Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y.) picked up five ground balls and freshman midfielder Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio) grabbed three draw controls. Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Rock (Hamilton, Ohio) made nine saves in goal.
Head Coach Francesca DeLorenzo and the Mavericks will return to action Thursday, April 26 at Assumption College (5-8) at 4:00 p.m.