Midseason ECC Lacrosse Update

Toughest road remaining: Mercy.

With upcoming match-ups against C.W. Post, Seton Hill and Dowling, Mercy certainly has its work cut out for themselves particularly for a second-year lacrosse program. However, the Mavericks have already passed a number of tests this season, which include decisive wins over NYIT, 16-11, and Chestnut Hill, 13-3. Mercy will look for production from its balanced scoring attack of Sal Spinelli, Jesse Wood and Mike Marzocca. The trio has combined for 59 goals and 26 assists through 10 games this season.

ECC Women's Lacrosse

Biggest ECC win(s) to date: Dowling over Molloy (April 6), 16-8, and Mercy (April 8), 18-7.

Within 48 hours, Dowling dispatched pesky ECC foes Molloy (5-4 overall, 0-1 ECC) and Mercy (5-4, 1-1) with authority to let ECC rivals know they mean business in '11. Against Mercy, Dowling displayed its high-powered offense as Kelly Cefalu tallied five goals and teammate Brooke Witkowski posted three goals and 8 assists. The Golden Lions jumped out to an 11-3 lead at halftime and never looked back. Meanwhile, against Molloy, Witkowski and teammate Cassandra Cronin could not be stopped. The pair combined for 10 points and proved to be instrumental in Dowling (8-2, 3-0) running out to a 7-2 lead at the break. Witkowski finished with four goals while Cronin dished out four assists.

Most pleasant surprise: Queens (NY).

At 6-4 overall, the Knights have already made major strides in their second season on the heels of a 2-12 campaign in 10. Heather Rosen and Sarah Boucher have formed quite the dynamic duo on the offensive end, combining for 62 goals in eight games. The biggest test will be to see how the team fares against a gauntlet of upcoming ECC foes that includes Mercy, Molloy and Dowling.

Top overall conference game to date: C.W. Post over Seton Hill, 11-9, on April 9.

Seton Hill (4-6, 1-1) realized it needed a near-perfect performance in order to prevail against a stellar C.W. Post (8-1, 4-0) squad. Last weekend, the Griffins nearly hit on all cylinders. Behind a balanced scoring attack and aggressive, turnover-inducing defense, the Griffins stormed out to a 7-2 lead at halftime. However, C.W. Post has reached the postseason for five consecutive years for a reason. Behind four goals from sharpshooter Abigail Ross, an experienced Pioneers squad never panicked. The Pioneers went on to tally nine second-half goals en route to the thrilling come-from-behind victory.

Most important match-up still on the schedule: C.W. Post vs. Dowling, May 7.

By jumping out to perfect records in ECC play so far this season, both C.W. Post and Dowling have already demonstrated they are at the top of the class in 11. Should both teams hold court in conference action, the two will meet for an ultimate showdown on May 7 that will likely decide the championship and which program moves on to the playoffs. For Dowling, it could be the team's first-ever conference title and victory over its rival. As for C.W. Post, it would likely mean a sixth-straight playoff appearance.

Toughest road remaining: C.W. Post.

If there was ever a year for an emerging ECC team to overtake C.W. Post as the champion, this may be the one. From here on out, it doesn't get much tougher for the Pioneers and that includes nonleague and ECC action. Commencing on Thursday, C.W. Post still must face ECC rivals Molloy (5-4), Mercy (5-4) and Dowling (8-2), in addition to nonconference titans Stonehill, West Chester, Adelphi and Merrimack. Altogether, the Pioneers face programs with a combined record of 55-20.

To contact correspondent Adam Warner, send an e-mail to adam@laxpower.com.

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