Mercy Falls to Seton Hill in Final Minute of Play

The Mercy College women's lacrosse team played its third one-goal game of the season, dropping a 15-14 decision to Seton Hill (7-3, 2-1 ECC) today at Purchase, N.Y. Mercy (5-3, 1-1 ECC) had rallied to tie the score with 1:08 remaining, but Seton Hill responded with 32 seconds remaining to claim the win. Mercy is now 1-2 in one-goal games.

Seton Hill exploded as the game began, scoring the first three goals in the first five minutes. Freshman Jamie McPartland (North Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale) then took pressure off the Mercy defense, scoring back-to-back goals. Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd) then netted back-to-back goals of her own, and suddenly Mercy led 4-2.

The game remained tight throughout, with neither team opening up a lead of more than two goals past this point. The teams would trade two-goal runs during the remainder of the first half, and the score was knotted at eight goals apiece after the first 30 minutes.

In the first stanza, Mercy was able to convert four of its eight goals from free position attempts.

In the second half, SHU's Amanda Malkowski opened the scoring, netting her second goal of the game at the 24:30 mark. Mercy retaliated with a Hurley free position goal, bringing the score to 9-9. Seton Hill was able to extend the lead to 12-10 at the 17:15 mark, but Mercy then scored three straight to take the 13-12 lead with 14:04 to play.

Freshman goalie Lauren Mateja (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) found her groove, making several key saves in the second half to keep the Mavericks in the game. She finished with ten saves in total, eight of which came in the second half.

Seton Hill tied the score, then took a tenuous one-goal lead on a free position shot with just 3:24 to play.

Mercy rallied to tie the game at 14-14 with just 1:08 to play, when Kelsey Sullivan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) took a pass from Brittany Ott (Copiague, N.Y./Copiague) and beat the SHU goalie.

Mercy then won the ensuing draw, but turned the ball over in the offensive zone. Ashley White rolled from behind the cage, and scored the game winner, unassisted, with just 32 seconds remaining. It was White's fourth goal of the game.

On the afternoon, Hurley led all scorers with five goals, while McPartland added four goals and an assist. Sullivan contributed three goals with as many assists, while Brianna Horn (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg) added a pair of goals and an assist. Ott had just the one assist, on Mercy's final goal.

Mercy drops its first ECC game of the season, while Seton Hill remains in fourth at 2-1 in league play.

Mercy plays at Dowling on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., then hosts Lake Erie College on Saturday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m.

2010-04-11



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