Late Kutztown Rally Stuns Mercy

The Mercy College women's lacrosse dropped a hard fought, 12-10, game at Kutztown today, in front of 47 fans. Mercy (4-3) had a 10-9 lead with eight minutes to play before KU (4-2) went on a 3-0 run to finish the game.

The first half saw back-and-forth action. The hosts opened scoring in the second minute of the game, on a goal from Rachel Mehaffey. Mercy's Tracey Wandle (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) knotted the score at 1-1 before a 3-0 run put KU up 4-1.

The freshman Wandle would score again, cutting the score to 4-2. Later in the half, a 3-0 run for Mercy, which included back-to-back tallies for sophomore Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd), tied the score at 5-5. With 30 seconds remaining in the half, KU's Mehaffey put the Bears up 6-5 at the half.

In the second stanza, sophomore Kelsey Sullivan (Mastic, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) tied the score just 47 seconds in. Two goals for KU gave them a tentative lead before a 3-0 run for the Mavericks gave Mercy a 9-8 lead. Mehaffey and Sullivan traded goals, and with 8:19 to play, Mercy led 10-9. Kutztown would end the game with a 3-0 run, winning 12-10.

For the game, four different Mavericks had two goals apiece, including Hurley, Wandle, Sullivan, and freshman Elizabeth Rjedkin (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck). In goal, sophomore Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) made six of her nine saves in the second half.

The game was closely contested throughout. Both teams took 25 shots, while Mercy had an 11-10 edge in draw controls, and KU's goalie made 10 saves to DiLegge's nine. KU turned the ball over 17 times to Mercy's 13, and KU had 31 ground balls to Mercy's 17.

Mercy takes a week in between games, playing next Tuesday, March 29, against St. Thomas Aquinas.


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