DENVER, Colo. (Mar. 15, 2014) – Sophomore Nicole Augustine (Kingston, N.Y./ Kingston) scored the go-ahead goal in overtime as the Mercy College women's lacrosse team handed the Skyhawks of Fort Lewis College their first loss of the season, 10-8. Augustine totaled five points on three goals and two assists, while senior Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. / Walter Panas (Iona College) scored four goals. The Skyhawks fall to 3-1 overall, while the Mavericks improve to 2-4 overall.
The Skyhawks got on the scoreboard first as they scored just three minutes in to lead 1-0 with 27:19 left in the first half. Mercy answered just two minutes later, as junior Marissa Kluber (Wading River, N.Y. / Shoreham-Wading River) scored off a feed from Augustine to tie the game up at 1-1 with 25:13 left. After a failed clear attempt by the Skyhawks, the Mavericks took the first lead of the game on a goal by Bub, who scored off an assist from senior Tracey Wandle (Rocky Point, N.Y. / Rocky Point) to lead 2-1 at the 20:24 mark.
The Skyhawks then stepped up on defense and scored on a free position shot to tie the game up at 2-2 with 16:38 left. After Fort Lewis failed to convert on two free different position shots, Mercy retook the lead at 3-2 on Bub's second goal of the day off an assist from Kluber at the 13:50 mark.
The Skyhawks would then score two unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead with 7:40 left, which put the pressure on the Mavericks to respond before the half. The Mavericks got that opportunity, as senior Maria Nardulli (Staten Island, N.Y. / St. Joseph by the Sea) scooped up a ground ball and hit a streaking Augustine down the right side of the field to tie the game up at 4-4 going into halftime.
In the second half, both teams attempted to take an early but failed to convert on free position chances. Kluber's free position shot was saved by Skyhawks goalkeeper Alyssa Spencer, then a Skyhawks attempt by Abby Kvidera was stopped by the Mavericks freshman goalkeeper, Shianne Judson (Bayshore, N.Y. / Bayshore).
The Skyhawks would eventually score to regain the lead at 5-4 with 23:18 left in the game, but it was short-lived as the Mavericks scored two unanswered goals to take a 6-5 lead as Wandle connected with Bub for a second time.
Mercy stretched the lead to 8-5 as Bub scored her fourth goal of the day on an assist from junior Meg McNally (Hillburn, N.Y. / Suffern (Lock Haven Univ.) and Augustine scored her second goal to hold the three-goal lead at the 13:23 mark in the game.
The Skyhawks would cut the Mavericks' lead to 8-6 less than five minutes later. Fort Lewis attempted to trim the lead to one but missed on back-to-back free position shots taken by Jessica Norby. The first one was blocked and the second was saved by Judson.
Fort Lewis eventually erased Mercy's two-goal lead, scoring with five seconds left in regulation to tie the game up at 8-8 and force a six-minute overtime period.
In the extra session, the Skyhawks would turn the ball over after the draw control, and Augustine scored off a beautiful feed from Wandle to give Mercy a 9-8 edge in the first three minutes of the overtime session. In the second three minute, McNally scored off a successful draw control won by Bub to slam the door shut and preserve the win.
For Mercy, McNally and Kluber totaled two points on a goal and an assist, while Wandle finished with three assists. Freshman Melissa DellaRocca (Lindenhurst, N.Y. / Lindenhurst) was all over the field, finishing with a season-high seven ground balls and three caused turnovers, while graduate student Callie Schwichtenberg (San Diego, Calif. / Granite Hills) had four caused turnovers and two ground balls on defense. McNally and Kluber combined for six ground balls, and four caused turnovers. Junior Elizabeth Rjedkin (Howell, N.J. / Colts Neck) came off the bench to add two caused turnovers while freshman Alexa Haines (Lindenhurst, N.Y. / Lindenhurst) added a caused turnover.
Judson finished with 11 saves in 66 minutes of work between the pipes.
Head Coach Dawn Anselmin and the Mavericks return to the friendly confines of the Empire State and will travel to Brookville, N.Y. on Wednesday, Mar. 19 to face the defending NCAA Division II National Champion LIU Post Pioneers at 4:00 p.m.