Mercy Runs by St. Thomas Aquinas in ECC Opener

With goals coming from nine different players, Mercy College (5-3, 1-0 East Coast Conference) handedly defeated St. Thomas Aquinas College (1-3, 0-1 ECC) today, 19-5, in what was the first Conference matchup of the season for both programs.

The Spartans got on the board first, when an unassisted goal by Johannah Mitchell, less than two minutes into the game, gave STAC the early lead. Mercy answered with goals from sophomore Julie Darnulc (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) and classmate Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y./William Floyd), putting the Mavericks up by one. STAC's Anne Buttafuoco tied the game roughly one minute later.

Mercy then went on a run, scoring eight straight unanswered goals, highlighted by three in a row by Hurley. The Spartans would score one, but the Mavericks would answer with two more, to hold the 12-3 lead at the break.

In the second half, Mercy continued to dominate play, outscoring the Spartans 7-2. The Mavericks would go on to take the game 19-5.

Mercy was led by Hurley, who had six goals and two assists on the day. Freshman Tracey Wandle (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) had four goals and two assists. Darnulc and freshman Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) each added a pair of goals.

Sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) made ten saves for the Mavericks.

The Spartans were led by Mitchell, who scored twice.

Mercy returns to action when Queens College travels to Dobbs Ferry on Friday, April 1.


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