Mercy Wins Fifth Straight, Defeats STAC

HILLBURN, N.Y. (April 28, 2012) Mercy stormed out to a 10-1 halftime lead and held on to pick up its fifth straight win with an 18-10 victory over East Coast Conference opponent St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday afternoon.

Mercy improves to 6-7 overall and evens its record at 3-3 in the ECC while STAC drops back to .500 at 7-7 (2-5).

It took a few minutes but the Mercy offense was firing on all cylinders before long as the Mavericks dominated the first half to the tune of a 10-1 advantage, including three man-down goals and a last-second strike by freshman attacker Marissa Kluber (Wading River, N.Y.) as the half ended.

STAC was not about to quit and struck quickly in the second half for three goals and eventually cut the lead to 12-7 with 13 minutes remaining, but Mercy went on a four-goal run over a two-minutes span to put the game out of reach and win its fifth straight.

Junior attacker Marissa Hurley (Shirley, N.Y.) added to her outstanding goal tally over the past few weeks, leading the Mavericks with four scores. Junior midfielder Julie Darnulc (Baldwin, N.Y.), freshman midfielder Michelle Tiernan (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and sophomore attacker Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) each posted a hat trick.

Sophomore attacker Kristen Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) netted a brace and added two assists to tie for second on the squad in points with Darnulc, who also made on assist. Junior goalkeeper Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y.) made 17 saves in another impressive day in net. She has made 40 saves over the past two games for an incredible .656 save percentage, bringing her season total to .562.

Senior midfielder Anne Buttafuoco (Williston Park, N.Y.) led the Spartans with five goals while freshman midfielder Samantha Lowney (Valley Cottage, N.Y.) picked up six ground balls. Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Nelson (North Rockland, N.Y.) managed just five saves in net.

Head Coach Francesca DeLorenzo and the Mavericks will look to continue their winning streak at conference-undefeated No. 5 C.W. Post (13-2, 6-0) on Tuesday, May 1 in their penultimate game of the season. Start time is set for 4:00 p.m. .


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