ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (Apr. 28, 2017) – Powered by a game-high six goals from junior Grace Davidson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip), the No. 16 Mercy College women's lacrosse team concluded their regular season with a 14-7 win over ECC foe Molloy College on Friday night.
The Mavericks (15-2, 6-2 ECC) have won two games in a row and secure the No. 3 seed in the ECC Tournament that begins next week, while the Lions (10-5, 4-4 ECC) have dropped two of three. The six ECC wins for Mercy are a school record.
Davidson also added two ground balls, while graduate student Alexa Haines (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) had two goals, two assists and three ground balls. Freshman Katherine Sanchez (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) added two goals, an assist and four ground balls. Junior Emily Jehle (Wading River, N.Y./Riverhead) dished out three assists and freshman Brittani Sergio (Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North) scored twice. Sophomore Hunter Isnardi (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) contributed a goal, five ground balls and seven draw controls and senior Tori DiFusco (Mahopac, N.Y./SUNY Cortland) netted a goal. Sophomore Talia Stagnitta (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) chipped in an assist, three ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Senior Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) went the full 60 minutes in net with nine saves to earn the win.
Molloy received three goals from Brianna Wilson and Alyssa Chetti made 15 saves in a losing effort.
Mercy looked to secure the No. 3 seed in the ECC Tournament and got off to another strong start as Davidson opened the scoring with back-to-back goals less than two minutes in to put the Mavericks ahead 2-0. Haines added her first goal of the game at the 25:27 mark to put Mercy up 3-0. Casie Caiazza got Molloy on the board with 22:55 left in the first half, but the Mavericks followed with two straight from Sergio and Davidson to build a 5-1 advantage.
The Lions went on to score three of the next five goals to end the half down 7-4. Haines and DiFusco scored the two Mercy goals to end the half.
Molloy opened the second half with a goal to get within 7-5 and looked to have momentum, but Davidson quickly came back with two straight goals to put Mercy ahead by four, 9-5, with 26:01 remaining. Sanchez made it 10-5 before the Lions followed with two goals to make it a 10-7 game with 20 minutes left.
The Mavericks put the game away with four unanswered goals to close the game as Isnardi, Sergio, Sanchez and Davidson all scored to put the game away.
Mercy held a 36-24 edge in shots, a 19-18 edge in ground balls and a 12-9 advantage in draw controls.