Women’s Lacrosse Explodes for Eight Unanswered Goals to Top Merrimack, 11-5

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (Apr. 9, 2014) – Junior Michelle Tiernan (Farmingdale, N.Y. / Farmingdale) scored two goals during an eight-goal run as the Mercy College women's lacrosse team picked up a non-conference victory over the Warriors of Merrimack College, 11-5.

Mercy improves to 6-7 overall with a fourth win in the last five games while Merrimack drops to 2-10.

The Mavericks boarded a 9:30 a.m. bus bound for North Andover and, after a near four-hour ride, the Mavericks landed in the small town located in the Northeast corner of Massachusetts. The trip may have caused a little "bus lag" for the team as the Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 at the 22:37 mark.

Mercy finally lit up the visitor's side of the scoreboard as junior Keri Watson (Massapequa Park, N.Y. / Massapequa) off a caused turnover by sophomore Nicole Augustine (Kingston, N.Y. / Kingston), cutting the Warriors lead in half at 2-1 with 13:13 left in the game. Tiernan punched in the game-tying goal at 2-2 just two minutes later off an assist from junior Marissa Kluber (Wading River, N.Y. / Shoreham-Wading River).

Mercy took the lead just 30 seconds later as Tiernan scored for a second time off an assist from Watson. The Mavericks keep the foot on the gas as senior Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. / Walter Panas [Iona College]) scored off an assist from junior Meg McNally (Hillburn, N.Y. / Suffern [Lock Haven Univ.])  to take a 4-2 lead with 7:04 left in the half.

The Mavericks continued the run as senior Kristen Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue) scored an unassisted goal, and on the very next draw control Tiernan snatched the ball out the air and passed it to Watson, who hit a cutting Kluber to lead 6-2.

Freshman Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y. / Half Hollow Hills East) made two key saves on free position shots to preserve the Mavericks' 6-2 lead going into the half.

In the second half, early shots by Bub and Tiernan were stopped by Warriors goalkeeper Inna Hedden. Freshman Melissa DellaRocca (Lindenhurst, N.Y. / Lindenhurst) found the net on the Mavericks' third shot of the half to increase the lead to 7-2 at the 18:15 mark.

After a second yellow card was issued to Merrimack Clare Blomberg, Kluber caused a turnover, scooped up the ground ball and then scored to take an 8-2 lead with 15:50 left.

The Warriors finally answered the Mavericks, as they scored three unanswered goals to cut the lead to 8-5 with 8:03 left, forcing Head Coach Dawn Anselmin to call a timeout to refocus the team.  

The Warriors looked to cut the lead to 8-6 and shift the momentum of the game in their favor, but freshman Shianne Judson's (Bayshore, N.Y. / Bayshore)  lone save on the afternoon brought the Warriors rally to a screeching halt. Two minutes later, Augustine converted on a free position shot to take a 9-5 lead.

Bub would then slam the door on any chance of a Warriors comeback, as she scored two goals in a span of one minute to take an 11-5 lead and secure the win.

For Mercy, Kluber added three ground balls and a caused turnover, while Augustine added two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior Nicole Kline (Deer Park, N.Y. / Deer Park) totaled three ground balls and one caused turnover, while graduate student Callie Schwichtenberg (San Diego, Calif. / Granite Hills) finished with two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Coach Anselmin and the Mavericks return to action on Friday, Apr. 11, as they travel to Brookhaven, N.Y. to take on the Golden Lions of Dowling College in an East Coast Conference bout at 4:00 p.m.