No. 6 Mercy Outguns Dominican College

Orangeburg, NY (4/11/11) -- The #6 Mercy Mavericks upended Dominican College, 15-10, this afternoon in an ECC game played on the DC Lacrosse Field. With the win Mercy improves to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the ECC, while Dominican falls to 2-9 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

Junior attacker Korin Pierce (Middleburg, VA) led the Chargers with three goals and one assist for four points. Senior Alex Jones (St. Albert, AB, Canada) netted two goals, while Jesse Peterson (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) led the team with two assists. Senior goalie Brendan Bonacum (Port Jefferson Station, NY) made 16 saves in 60:00 in the net.

Jones netted the first goal of the game and his 23rd of the season with 9:11 left in the first period off the assist from Peterson for a 1-0 lead. The Mavericks answered back with two straight goals within a minute and thirty seconds of each other to go ahead 2-1. Pierce recorded his first goal of the game with just under three minutes to play, but a Maverick goal closed out the first period and gave them a 3-2 advantage.

Mercy continued on a run with the first two goals of the second period to pull ahead 5-2, but Pierce brought the Chargers within two goals with 5:09 to play before the half. MC went on a 4-0 run to end the first half with an 8-3 lead and tallied the first goal of the third period to make the score 9-3.

Pierce broke up the run after completing the hat trick with his third goal of the contest with 8:14 remaining in the third period for a 9-4 score. After MC netted their 11th goal of the game, Jones scored his second game goal and team leading 25th of the season with 3:52 left in the period to make the score 11-5.

Two straight Maverick goals increased their lead to 13-5, but senior attacker Andrew Rendine (River Edge, NJ) closed out the third period with a goal off the assist from Peterson to make the score 14-6 after three periods of play.

Dominican continued on the run with the first two goals of the fourth period as freshman Thomas Dertinger (Nanuet, NY) and Peterson netted goals to make the score 13-8 with 9:21 left to play. Trailing 14-8, DC went on another two run as Connor Lawlor (Neptune City, NJ) and Anton Gjeloshi (Pomona, NY) recorded goals, with the assist going to Pierce on Lawlor's goal to pull within four (14-10) with just under four minutes to play. MC netted the game's last goal for the 15-10 victory.

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After jumping out to an early lead, the #6 Mercy College men's lacrosse team held off a late rally from Dominican College, and won 15-10 in an East Coast Conference game on Monday afternoon. Mercy moved into first place in the ECC with the win, percentage points ahead of second place C. W. Post.

The Mavericks are now 5-1 in conference play, and 9-1 overall. Dominican, meanwhile, is 1-5 in the conference, and 2-9 overall. Earlier today, Mercy was voted as the #6 team in the nation in the latest USILA Coaches Poll.

In the opening quarter, the host Chargers opened the scoring on an Alex Jones tally at the 9:11 mark. Senior Nick Fitzgerald (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) and junior Zach Pasko (Salem, Ohio/Red Lion/Herkimer CC) scored back-to-back goals to give Mercy a 2-1 lead. DC's Korin Pierce tied the score before Mercy's Quadear Mike (Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) put the Mavericks up for good.

On the day, ten different Mavericks scored goals, led by freshman Pat Hodapp (Oak Ridge, N.J./Jefferson) and junior Sal Spinelli (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip/Nassau CC), who each scored three times. Freshman Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic) added three assists.

In goal, sophomore T. J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) was spectacular, making 17 saves.

Up next for Mercy is a home date with Molloy College on Thursday, April 14.


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