No. 6 Mercy Falls to No. 7 Dowling in ECC Finale

No. 6 Mercy suffered an 11-5 defeat at the hands of No. 7 Dowling on Saturday night, in front of a raucous crowd of 702 fans. Both teams finish the regular season with identical 11-3 records, including similar 7-3 marks inside the East Coast Conference.

Dowling scored twice in each of the first two quarters, holding Mercy to just one goal, a tally from sophomore Alex Martello (Montville, N.J./Montville) with just eight ticks remaining in the first.

The third quarter saw a vast change, with seven total goals scored. Dowling scored first, opening a 5-1 lead. Then, three unanswered goals for Mercy pulled the Mavericks back within one at 5-4. But that was as close as the Mavericks would get.

Dowling scored three consecutive goals to close the third quarter, then got the first two goals of the fourth quarter, and the score was 10-4 with 9:45 to play. Freshman Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic) scored his second goal of the game late, followed by another goal from Dowling, and the game ended at 11-5.

Wood added an assist to his two goals. Craig Blom (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue/Suffolk CC) and Sal Spinelli (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip/Suffolk CC) added the other goals for Mercy.

In goal, sophomore T. J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) made ten saves for the Mavericks.


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