Mavericks Stampeded by No. 3 C.W. Post

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (May 1, 2012) Freshman attacker Marissa Kluber (Wading River, N.Y.) led the Mavericks with two assists as Mercy took an early lead but ultimately fell, 18-4, to East Coast Conference foe No. 3 C.W. Post on Tuesday afternoon.

C.W. Post improves to 14-2 overall and 7-0 in the ECC while Mercy slips to 6-8 (3-4).

The Mavericks looked ready to compete with the conference's best in the opening minutes as they did not allow the Pioneers to get into their usual rhythm on offense in the first four minutes. Junior goalkeeper Stephanie DiLegge (Bay Shore, N.Y.) made three saves on the same possession to keep the slate clean early and junior midfielder Brittany Ott (Copiague, N.Y.) even put Mercy ahead on a free position shot, but that only seemed to wake the Pioneers up as they quickly took the game to a new level.

C.W. Post got its first goal on a man-up possession seconds after Mercy scored and that opened the floodgates as the Pioneers pounded the net for 11 straight scores in the half. The second half looked about to be more of the same as C.W. Post cracked three goals within two minutes following the break, but Mercy found its groove just in time to make it competitive down the stretch.

Sophomore attacker Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Michelle Tiernan (Farmingdale, N.Y.) netted back-to-back goals, both on assists from Kluber, to give Mercy a bit of life at 14-3 and sophomore midfielder Kelsey Sullivan (Mastic, N.Y.) found the back of the netting thanks to an assist from junior midfielder Julie Darnulc (Baldwin, N.Y.) late in the game before the Mavericks fell.

DiLegge made 12 saves amid the 37-shot barrage on net and picked up a team-high eight ground balls, while Tiernan grabbed six draw controls to lead the Mavericks.

Junior attacker Ashley Olen (East Islip, N.Y.) dominated the C.W. Post offense with four goals and three assists as eight other Pioneers scored, including four other multiple-goal scorers. Olen tied with senior midfielder Chelsea Donaldson (Bay Shore, N.Y.) for the team lead in ground balls (four) and caused turnovers (two) while senior midfielder Lauren Spagnoletta (West Islip, N.Y.) and junior attacker Abbie Ross (Miller Place, N.Y.) each picked up two draw controls.

Junior goalkeeper Dominique Mosca (Merrick, N.Y.) made six saves in the first half and sophomore Katie Hannan (Gansevoort, N.Y.) managed one in the second.

Head Coach Francesca DeLorenzo and the Mavericks will suit up for their season finale on Sunday, May 6 as they travel to Connecticut to take on ECC rival the University of Bridgeport (3-8, 0-7) at 1:00 p.m. .


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