DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Mar. 28, 2014) – Senior Paige Siegler (Bellmore, N.Y. / John F. Kennedy) recorded a hat trick to lead multiple Mavericks who posted career days as the Mercy College women's lacrosse team thumped the Firebirds of the University of the District of Columbia, 15-4, in an East Coast Conference matchup.
The Mavericks improve to 4-6 overall, and 2-3 in the ECC, while the Firebirds fall to 0-3 overall, and 0-3 in the ECC.
The Firebirds were no match for the Mavericks in their first year as a program. Mercy jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 13 minutes on goals by sophomore Nicole Augustine (Kingston, N.Y. / Kingston); juniors Nicole Kline (Deer Park, N.Y. / Deer Park), Marissa Kluber (Wading River, N.Y. / Shoreham-Wading River), Meg McNally (Hillburn, N.Y. / Suffern (Lock Haven Univ.); and seniors Siegler, Tracey Wandle (Rocky Point, N.Y. / Rocky Point) and Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. / Walter Panas (Iona College). Junior Michelle Tiernan (Farmingdale, N.Y. / Farmingdale) scored another goal at the 11:33 mark to take an 8-0 halftime lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Mavericks continued their dominance as graduate student Callie Schwichtenberg (San Diego, Calif. / Granite Hills), senior Maria Nardulli (Staten Island, N.Y. / St. Joseph by the Sea) and freshman Sara Hennessey (East Syracuse, N.Y. / East Syracuse Minoa) all scored their first goal of their Mercy careers. Siegler completed the hat trick on assists from Haines and Kluber. Tiernan later scored her second of the day, while senior Kristen Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue) connected on a free position shot.
Bub, Augustine, Siegler, and Hennessey each totaled three points. Junior Marie Roser (Port Ewen, N.Y. / Kingston) also got into the offensive action, assisting on Siegler's first goal.
Head Coach Dawn Anselmin and the Mavericks return to the field on Wednesday, April 2, as Anselmin returns home to Garden City to face her Alma meter in the Panthers of No. 2 Adelphi University at 7:00 p.m.