SPARKILL, N.Y. (Mar. 22, 2014) – Junior Nicole Kline (Deer Park, N.Y. / Deer Park) scored three goals while junior Meg McNally (Hillburn, N.Y. / Suffern (Lock Haven Univ.) dished out three assists as the Mercy College women's lacrosse team fell to the Spartans of St. Thomas Aquinas College, 15-7. The Mavericks fall to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the East Coast Conference, while the Spartans improve to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the ECC.
STAC scored just two minutes in to take an early 1-0 lead. Mercy answered as Kline scored off an assist from McNally to tie the game up at 1-1 with 26:39 left. STAC responded, scoring directly off the draw control to take a 2-1 lead just 22 seconds later. Kline would score again to knot the game up at 2-2 with 23:20 left in the first half.
STAC would take a three-goal lead by scoring all three in a two-minute span, including two within 30 seconds to take a 5-2 lead with 18:17 left in first half. Senior Tracey Wandle (Rocky Point, N.Y. / Rocky Point) cut the Spartans lead to just two at 5-3 on a free position shot at the 17:28 mark.
After three unanswered goals, including two in the final three minutes, STAC took an 8-3 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, junior Michelle Tiernan (Farmingdale, N.Y. / Farmingdale) attempted to start a rally as she scored a man-down goal to cut the STAC lead to 8-4 with 28:37 left in the game. The rally would be short-lived, though, as STAC scored twice to push the lead back to 10-4.
Mercy answered the Spartans run by scoring three unanswered goals to cut the lead to 10-7 with just under 14 minutes to play. Senior Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. / Walter Panas (Iona College) started the mini rally, scoring off an assist from McNally. McNally would assist on the Mavericks' final goal of the afternoon, as she helped Kline complete the hat trick.
STAC scored five insurance goals to take the victory for the Spartans.
For Mercy, sophomore Nicole Augustine (Kingston, N.Y. / Kingston) added three caused turnovers and two ground balls, while freshman Melissa DellaRocca (Lindenhurst, N.Y. / Lindenhurst) finished with two ground balls and one caused turnover.
Head Coach Dawn Anselmin and the Mavericks return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 26 as they face the Knights of Queens College at 2:00 p.m.