ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Apr. 26, 2014) – Seniors Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. / Walter Panas [Iona College] and Kristen Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue) scored two goals apiece as the Mercy College women's lacrosse team closed out the 2014 season at the Redhawks of Roberts Wesleyan College, falling 10-6.
The Redhawks improve to 7-10 overall and 4-4 in the East Coast Conference, while the Mavericks end the year 6-11 overall and 3-5 in the ECC.
Znaniecki scored the first goal of the afternoon as the Mavericks capitalized on a man-up situation after Loren Dunn was issued on yellow card to take a 1-0 lead at the 17:47 mark. Mercy would take a 2-0 lead less than 30 seconds later as senior Tracey Wandle (Rocky Point, N.Y. / Rocky Point) won the draw control and completed a give-and-go with junior Keri Watson (Massapequa Park, N.Y. / Massapequa).
Mercy would stretch out to a 3-0 lead after Bub's initial shot was blocked, but she scooped up the ball and fired it into the back of the cage. The Redhawks would then score two unanswered goals, as the Mavericks held a 3-2 at the half.
In the second half, two quick goals by the Redhawks allowed them to take the lead early. The Mavericks responded by tying the game up directly off a draw control won by junior Michelle Tiernan (Farmingdale, N.Y. / Farmingdale), as Znaniecki punched in her second goal of the afternoon.
The Redhawks then put in two unanswered goals to take a 6-4 lead with 22:41 left in the game. The Mavericks answered with two goals of their own in a span of one minute, as Tiernan scored off an assist from junior Meg McNally (Hillburn, N.Y. / Suffern [Lock Haven Univ.]) and Bub then punched in the game-tying goal at 6-6 on an assist from Watson.
The Mavericks kept attacking but could not convert on any of their shots, as the Redhawks scored four unanswered insurance goals to take the victory.
For Mercy, Wandle finished with one goal, two ground balls and two draw controls, while freshman Shianne Judson (Bayshore, N.Y. / Bayshore) made eight saves in 60 minutes of work between the pipes. Junior Marie Roser (Port Ewen, N.Y. / Kingston) finished with three ground balls and one draw control, while senior Elizabeth Rjedkin (Howell, N.J. / Colts Neck) totaled three ground balls and one caused turnover.
The Mavericks finish the 2014 season at 6-11 overall, and 3-5 in the ECC, matching their conference win total from the 2013 season. Mercy picked up the second-biggest upset in Division II in the 10-8 overtime victory over Fort Lewis College on Mar. 15 and saw five players named to the ECC weekly honor roll.
Bub led the team with 31 goals and 41 points, while Watson topped the squad with 22 assists despite missing several games. Graduate student Callie Schwichtenberg (San Diego, Calif. / Granite Hills) and freshman Melissa DellaRocca (Lindenhurst, N.Y. / Lindenhurst) posted career numbers in ground balls and caused turnovers.