Maverick Comeback Dooms Golden Bears

DOBBS FERRY N.Y. (April 17, 2012) Mercy rallied from a late two-goal deficit, scoring the final six of the contest to top Kutztown, 16-12, on Tuesday afternoon. Junior midfielder Kelsey Sullivan (Mastic, N.Y.) led a slew of impressive Mavericks performances with three goals, an assist, six ground balls and five draw controls, displaying the form that earned her Second Team All-Conference recognition last season.

Mercy improves to 2-7 on the season with the victory, while Kutztown slips to 4-10.

The teams traded goals through the opening minutes of the first half until the Mavericks jumped out to a two-goal lead, but the Golden Bears quickly tied things back up on a pair of scores within 30 seconds of each other. Freshman attacker Marissa Kluber (Wading River, N.Y.) responded on the next possession, however, with the go-ahead score to give Mercy the 7-6 lead heading into the break.

An early goal to open the second half got Mercy its two-score lead back, but Kutztown answered again with three straight goals to wrestle away the lead. Mercy had an answer again as sophomore attacker Kristen Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) netted her second goal of the day to stop the run, but the Mavericks quickly found themselves down again, 12-10 with 15:40 to play. As the game looked to be slipping away, the Mavericks came up huge in the clutch to score six unanswered goals, including two from freshman midfielder Alyssa Handel (Medford, N.Y.) to end the game and take the win.

Handel tied with Sullivan for the team lead with three goals (all in the second half) and led the squad with three caused turnovers. Znaniecki added a brace and pair of assists while Kluber and junior attacker Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y.) each scored twice and made one assist. Junior goalkeeper Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y.) made nine saves in net.

Four Golden Bears scored a pair of goals, led by senior attacker Leeann Pica (Levittown, Pa.) who also added an assist. Junior midfielder Randy Vite (highland Mills, N.Y.) paced the team with five ground balls and sophomore goalkeeper Joann McLaughlin (Cape May, N.J.) made 10 saves amid a 34-shot barrage by the Mavericks offense.

Head Coach Francesca DeLorenzo and the Mavericks (2-7 overall, 0-3 in the ECC) will host Lake Erie College (7-6, 1-4) in an East Coast Conference match-up at Mavericks Field on Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. Please note that this reflects a change from the original schedule, and continue to check www.mercyathletics.com for future schedule changes.

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DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. A six-goal run by Mercy to close the game erased a Kutztown University lead as the Golden Bears fell on the road 16-12 in non-conference women's lacrosse.

A free position goal by Megan Schwar (Alpha, N.J./Phillipsburg) with 15:30 to play put KU on top 12-10, erasing a 7-6 halftime deficit. The Mavericks, however, ratcheted up their defense down the stretch and did not allow another Golden Bear goal.

Schwar was one of four Kutztown players with two goals in the game. Leeann Pica (Levittown, Pa./Neshaminy) led the Golden Bears with three points, adding an assist to her two scores. Emily Solt (Bowmanstown, Pa./Concord (Del.)) and Krystine Beodeker (Dingmans Ferry, Pa./Delaware Valley) scored twice as well. Solt added a team-high four draw controls.

Jillian Spencer (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) added a goal and an assist. Randy Vite (Highland Mills, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) had five ground balls.

JoAnn McLaughlin (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape) stopped 10 shots in the contest for Kutztown.

Kelsey Sullivan and Kristen Znaniecki each had four-point outings for Mercy. Sullivan led all players with three goals, while Znaniecki was the only player on either team with two assist.

Stephanie Dilegge made nine saves in the win.

The contest wrapped up non-conference play for the Golden Bears and was also the team's final road game.

KU returns to Keystone Field to host Indiana (Pa.) on Friday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m.

2012-04-17



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