Mavericks Earn One-Goal Victory Over Ramapo

Freshman Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd) scored her sixth goal of the game with just 39 seconds to go as the Mercy College women's lacrosse team (3-1, 0-0 ECC) rallied for a 15-14 win at Ramapo College (2-1) this afternoon.

Under a bright blue sky and 60 degree temperatures, the two teams battled it out for the entire 60 minutes of play, flip-flopping the lead and tying the game on five different occasions.

Hurley opened the game's scoring, putting Mercy on the board just under two and a half minutes in, on an unassisted goal, her 11th of the year. The Roadrunners quickly fired back, tying the game at 6:43. Jamie McPartland (North Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale) and Briana Horn (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg) hit back-to-back shots putting the Mavericks up 3-1 at 16:22, before the Roadrunners closed the gap.

Ramapo scored three straight goals, taking a 5-3 lead, with just over ten minutes to play in the half. The two teams then traded goals over the next six minutes, before Horn, Hurley, and McPartland put away three straight to wrap up the first half, and take an 8-7 lead over Ramapo.

The second half went much of the same, with the two teams trading goals. Freshman Julie Darnulc (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) scored as the second half started, and Mercy took a 9-7 lead. Back and forth play went, with teams exchanging goals, until Hurley scored back-to-back to give Mercy a 12-9 lead. The three-goal lead was the largest of the game for either team, and it did not last long. Ramapo scored four of the next five goals, and the game was tied at 13 with 7:04 to go in regulation.

With 5:05 to go, Hurley scooped up a rebound in front of the Ramapo goal and scored her fifth goal to give the Mavs a tenuous one-goal lead.

Ramapo once again responded with 4:27 to play, when a goal from Christina Cigolini tied the game at 14-14.

With a minute and a half remaining, Ramapo had possession with the score tied. But Mercy goalie Lauren Mateja (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) stood tall with her eleventh and final save on the day, one that would ultimately save the game.

Mercy would clear the ball, setting up the offense with less than a minute to go. Darnulc took a shot with 52 seconds left which was saved, and Ramapo kept possession. But Ramapo's clear failed, and the opportunistic Hurley scooped up a loose ball in front and scored with just 38 seconds to go with the game-winning goal.

Mercy out-shot Ramapo by a slim 17-15 in the first half before taking 22 shots in the second half over Ramapo's 14.

For the game, in addition to Hurley's six goals, McPartland netted three, Horn and Kelsey Sullivan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) two each, and Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) and Darnulc one apiece.

The Mavericks return to action on Friday, March 19, with a trip to Philadelphia to face Chestnut Hill College. The game's opening draw will take place at 4:00 p.m.

2010-03-17



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