BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Apr. 25, 2017) – Powered by a game-high-tying four points from freshman Brittani Sergio (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North), sophomore Hunter Isnardi (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and junior Emily Jehle (Wading River, N.Y./Riverhead), the No. 16 Mercy College women's lacrosse team secured their second straight appearance in the ECC Tournament with a 16-3 win over University of Bridgeport on Tuesday night.
The Mavericks (14-2, 5-2 ECC) bounce back from their loss to No. 5 LIU Post on Saturday, while the Purple Knights (9-5, 3-4 ECC) fall below .500 in ECC play. Mercy currently sits in the No. 3 spot in the ECC standings with the top four qualifying for the conference tournament. The semifinals take place on Thursday, May 4th followed by the championship on Saturday, May 6th at LIU Post.
Sergio had three goals, an assist and two ground balls, while Isnardi had a game-high four goals and ten draw controls. Jehle added four assists and graduate student Alexa Haines (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) and junior Grace Davidson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) contributed three goals. Senior Tori DiFusco (Mahopac, N.Y./SUNY Cortland) netted a goal and two assists and freshman Katherine Sanchez (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) scored twice. Senior Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) played the first half in net with one save to earn the victory.
Bridgeport received goals from Lauren Mengel, Abigail Benesh and Courtney Hylok. Cheyanne Gangel made one save in playing the first half to take the loss.
Mercy wasted little time in bouncing back from their second loss of the season on Saturday. The Mavericks opened the contest with three straight goals as Isnardi, Haines and Davidson scored to make it 3-0 with 24:28 left in the opening half.
Mengel got the Purple Knights on the board at the 16:38 mark to make it 3-1, but Davidson answered with a goal just 20 seconds later that began a 10-0 run for Mercy. Haines, Sanchez and Isnardi contributed goals within the next two minutes that made it 7-1.
Sergio, Davidson and DiFusco followed with three more tallies that increased the Mercy lead to 10-1. Sergio and Isnardi ended the run with a combined three goals to give the Mavericks a commanding 13-1 advantage with 5:11 remaining in the half. Benesh ended the run with a goal to make it 13-2, but Sergio added her third goal of the game with 17 seconds on the clock to send Mercy into halftime up 14-2.
Mercy cruised the rest of the way as Haines and Sanchez added goals to finish off the win.
The Mavericks held a 23-18 edge in shots and a 16-3 edge in draw controls, while the Purple Knights held a 22-19 edge in ground balls.
Head Coach Dawn Anselmin conclude the regular season when they play at Molloy on Friday, April 28th at 7 p.m.