Mercy Tops Saint Rose for Fifth Straight Win

ALBANY, N.Y. (Apr. 4, 2012) - On Wednesday evening, Mercy picked up its fifth consecutive victory in Albany, N.Y. as the Mavericks bested the College of Saint Rose, 10-6 at Sullivan Field. With the victory, Mercy improved to 5-3 overall. Following the loss, the Golden Knights dropped to 4-4 on the year.

Senior attack Sal Spinelli (East Islip, N.Y.) kicked off the scoring for the Mavericks as he plugged one past the goalie with 8:29 remaining in the first quarter. Junior attackman and reigning East Coast Conference Player of the Week Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y.) closed the period with a pair of goals (6:41, 5:16). All three goals were unassisted.

In the second quarter, Marzocca and Spinelli picked up right where they left off. The North Babylon native socred his third goal of the game with 12:25 remaining. Spinelli followed that up by finding the back of the net 50 seconds later. Saint Rose scored its first marker of the game, which was then answered by a Mercy goal off the stick of sophomore Patrick Hodapp (Oak Ridge, N.J.) to make the score 6-1 in favor of Mercy heading into halftime.

Mercy junior midfielder C.J. Fleming (Middletown, N.Y.) opened up the third quarter with a shot to the back of the cage five minutes in. The Golden Knights scored twice in this period, but those two tallies were countered with goals from Marzocca and Spinelli.

Saint Rose outscored Mercy 3-1 in the final period, but it was too little too late for the hosts as Mercy reigned victorious, 10-6. Sophomore midfielder/attack Zack Zangle (West Babylon, N.Y.) scored the final Mavericks' goal (man-up).

For Mercy, Marzocca finished with six points on four goals and two assists, while Spinelli notched the hat trick. Junior midfielder Blaze Yeager (Riverhead, N.Y.) was tremendous on faceoffs tonight as he won 10 out of the 16 he crouched down for. In the cage, junior GK T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y.) stopped 14 shots.

Head Coach Steve Manitta and the Mavericks look to add to this winning streak when they next take to the field on Saturday, April 14. The Mavericks will travel to perennial powerhouse and ECC-nemesis C.W. Post for a crucial 1:00 p.m. showdown. The Pioneers currently harbor a 3-4 overall record and are ranked 12th in the nation according to the latest USILA Coaches Poll.

2012-04-05



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