Wild Finish not Enough, as Mercy Edged by Dominican (CA)

The Mercy College men's lacrosse team dropped a 10-9 decision today to the Penguins of Dominican (Cal.) University in a driving rain in Mountain Lakes, N.J. Mercy falls to 1-3 on the season, having lost its last three straight games. Dominican is now 2-5 on the season, as the Penguins conclude an East Coast road trip.

In a cold driving rain with winds gusting to over 45 miles per hour, both teams played sloppily early, with the ball finding the turf often. Midway through the first quarter, Mercy was able to punch through, as hometown hero Sean Wallin (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) lit the lamp. Dominican responded barely two minutes later, with Reed Upson tying the game at the 7:02 mark. Freshman Alex Martello (Montville, N.J./Montville Township) put Mercy up again with an unassisted goal at 5:30. The remainder of the first period was quiet, and the Mavs led 2-1.

Dominican, playing its fourth game in the last six days, continued sloppy play, and Mercy took advantage. Mercy took command with three consecutive goals to start the second and take a 5-1 lead. Frank Henenlotter (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook), Martello, and Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) each scored unassisted goals in that stretch. Dominican rallied with three straight of its own, and Mercy led 5-4 at the half.

The winds picked up, and the rain continued.

To start the third, Dominican began man up, taking advantage of a Mercy unnecessary roughness penalty as the second half expired. Matt Polizzi scored just seconds in, scoring one of Dominican's two goals in the period. After three, Dominican now led 6-5.

As the final period began, Dominican put more pressure on Mercy, scoring at the 12:17 mark to take a two-goal, 7-5, lead. Marzocca responded quickly, cutting the lead back to one at 7-6. Mercy continued to press, but Dominican remained staunch defensively.

Mercy began taking chances, and Dominican was able to counter-attack. The Penguins rattled off three straight goals in a 1:16 span, including goals just 17 seconds apart, and the game seemed out of reach for Mercy.

But John Fitzpatrick (Yorktown, N.Y./Lakeland) scored to cut the score to 10-7 with 1:45 to play. 25 seconds later, Martello took a Marzocca feed and cut the lead to 10-8. Martello again scored with 1:02 to play, and the Mavericks were on a roll. But the Mavericks would get no closer, as a wild finish was not enough to carry the day.

For the game, Martello had a game-high four goals, while Marzocca had a pair of goals and an assist. Leading Dominican was Kyle Mitchell, who had three goals. In goal, T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) made six saves for Mercy, while Dominican's Sam Darrow made nine stops.

Mercy will host Franklin Pierce on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at SUNY Purchase.

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MOUNTAIN LAKE, NJ - The Dominican University of California men's lacrosse team capped its four-game road trip to the East Coast in winning fashion, topping New York's Mercy College 10-9 on Saturday afternoon.

The Flyers (1-3) scored first but Reed Upson took the ball himself and scored for the Penguins (2-5) to tie the game at 1-1. Things didn't look good for Dominican after, as Mercy strung together a four-goal run in the next12 minutes. Dominican responded though, first with a goal by Zach Rodriguez from Jim Little. Rodriguez's goal sparked a six-goal run that stretched from 9:44 in the second quarter to 12:17 in the fourth quarter and swung the lead into Dominican's favor for good at 7-5.

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2010-03-13



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