Mercy Wins with Ease at St. Thomas Aquinas

The Mercy College women's lacrosse team guaranteed itself a winning record in this inaugural season by defeating St. Thomas Aquinas 18-8 on Thursday afternoon. Under the direction of head coach Francesca DeLorenzo, the Mavericks are now 8-5 overall, and 3-3 and in fifth place in the East Conference. STAC is 0-11 overall, and 0-5 in the ECC.

Five different players scored goals for Mercy as the Mavericks took the early 5-0 lead just 5:21 into the game. Freshman Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd) scored the first goal, less than a minute into the contest. Anne Buttafuoco would score for STAC to stop the Mercy run, but it would not stop the Mavericks from seizing control of the game.

The teams traded goals, only to have Mercy close out the half on another 5-0 run. Hurley scored the first two of the five, while Jamie McPartland (North Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale) added a pair also. Mercy's freshman goalie Lauren Mateja (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) made several key stops in the half, and Mercy led 13-3 at the intermission.

In the second half, Mercy continued to push the tempo, scoring the first three goals. Kerry Goodnight (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport Blue Point) started it off, finding the back of the net at the 26:49 mark. STAC would then score five of the last seven goals of the game, for the final 18-8 score.

Leading Mercy was the tandem of Hurley and Brianna Horn (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg), who each had four goals and two assists. McPartland added four markers, while Julie Darnulc (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) had two goals and as many assists. Goodnight added two, while Brittany Ott (Copiague, N.Y./Copiague) and Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) each added one.

For STAC, Stephanie Brown (Stony Point, N.Y.) scored three goals. Buttafuoco (Williston Park, N.Y.) had two goals and one assist, while Mitchell (Pearl River, N.Y.) had one goal and two assists.

Mercy will close out the regular season on Wednesday, May 5, when Molloy comes to town. Mercy sites in fifth place in the ECC, a half a game out of the fourth and final playoff spot. In order for Mercy to climb into fourth place, the Mavericks must beat third-place Molloy, and look for help.


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