DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Aug. 16, 2017) – For the third year in a row, Mercy College Athletics will recap the year by counting down the Top-10 most memorable moments of the 2016-17 season, with all 10 sports represented.
Mercy College Athletics will release a Top-10 moment, as chosen by the athletics staff, with a weekly recap every Wednesday throughout the summer, culminating with the top moment from the 2016-17 athletic year being unveiled on August 23rd.
No. 2 – Women's Lacrosse Qualifies for NCAA Tournament for First Time and Has First Two All-Americans in Program History
Our No. 2 moment in year three of our top-10 goes to women's lacrosse who qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time with Hunter Isnardi and Talia Stagnitta becoming the first two All-Americans in program history.
Mercy entered the 2017 season off a historic 2016 campaign that saw them win 12 games and make the ECC Tournament for the first time. The Mavericks were selected to finish third in the ECC Preseason Poll ahead of the 2017 season, which is the highest ranking in program history.
Head Coach Dawn Anselmin and the Mavericks opened up the season with a 14-7 victory over Indianapolis on February 24th to get the season underway. Mercy continued their strong start as four Mavericks scored multiple goals in leading women's lacrosse to an 11-9 victory at Assumption on February 28th to improve to 2-0.
The Mavericks continued to dominate the opposition as they picked up a convincing 15-4 victory over Merrimack on March 5th to move to 3-0. After the victory over Merrimack, the Mavericks received votes in the IWLCA Division II Coaches Poll for the first time ever.
Mercy added on another victory over Georgian Court which moved the Mavericks into the Nike/US Lacrosse Magazine Division II Poll at No. 18 for the first time. Mercy went on to begin the season 9-0, leading to the Mavericks being ranked in the IWLCA Division II Coaches Poll for the first time in program history.
After a narrow loss to nationally-ranked NYIT on April 4th, Mercy responded with four more wins in a row to improve to 13-1 on the year. The Mavericks move up to No. 16 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and were ranked sixth in the first NCAA Regional Rankings.
Mercy suffered a setback to No. 5 LIU Post on Senior Day before rattling off two wins to conclude the regular season at 15-2. The Mavericks set a school record for wins in a season and secured the program's second straight ECC Tournament berth as a No. 3 seed.
The Mavericks overcame a halftime deficit at NYIT in an ECC Tournament Semifinal contest to earn a 9-7 victory and advance to the Championship Game for the first time in program history. After the win, Mercy received more good news as a school-record seven Mavericks were named to the ECC All-Conference teams with Hunter Isnardi being named Offensive Player of the Year and Anselmin being tabbed Coach of the Year. Isnardi, Grace Davidson, Emily Jehle and Talia Stagnitta were First Team selections, while Alexa Haines, Hope Coticchio and Melissa DellaRocca were Second Team recipients.
Mercy took on LIU Post in the ECC Championship Game and held their own against the nationally-ranked Pioneers before dropping a 12-7 decision. The Mavericks would have to wait to see if their name would be called for the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Mercy would have their dream materialize as they secured a No. 5 seed in the Tournament and would take on New Haven at Adelphi.
The Mavericks moved up to No. 12 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll before the NCAA Tournament and Isnardi, Jehle, Stagnitta and Davidson were named All-Region honorees by the IWLCA. Isnardi scored five goals in the first round NCAA Tournament game against New Haven and the Mavericks battled the Chargers to the end before falling 12-10 to see their season end at 16-4.
The 16 wins proved to be a new school record and the recognition didn't stop there for the Mavericks as Isnardi and Stagnitta were tabbed All-Americans, becoming the first All-Americans in program history. Isnardi was a First Team selection and Stagnitta was tabbed Third Team All-American. Isnardi set an NCAA Division II single-season record for draw controls with 182 and tallied a team-high 71 goals. Stagnitta led the ECC with 39 caused turnovers and 70 ground balls.
Mercy capped off the season ranked a program-best No. 11 in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. Tori DiFusco and Melissa DellaRocca were selected to play in the IWLCA North/South Senior All-Star Game and Haines, Jillian Rocco, DellaRocca, Stagnitta and Davidson represented the United States in the Prague Cup Tour 2017.
The accolades for the Mavericks did not end on the field as Mercy also excelled in the classroom and in the community. DellaRocca, Haines, Jen Wandle, Jehle and Rachel Gumowski were named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll after earning above a 3.50 cumulative GPA. The team as a whole took home IWLCA Division II Academic Honor Squad accolades after finishing with above a 3.0 cumulative GPA as a team. Women's Lacrosse also volunteered at the Abbott House on a weekly basis throughout the year and volunteered at various other functions throughout the year.
The 2017 season was a historic one for the women's lacrosse and the Mavericks will look to improve on that success in 2018.
Schedule for the Top-10 Moments of the 2016-17 Season
Every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks, the Mercy College Athletics Department will release the Top-10 moments one at a time beginning with the No. 10 moment on Wednesday, June 21. The No. 1 moment will be unveiled on Wednesday, August 23.
No. 1 – August 23
No. 2 – August 16