Mercy Defeats Saint Rose to Remained Unbeaten

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Feb. 27, 2013) - On Wednesday afternoon, Mercy received a four-goal performance out of senior Joe Poppe (Elbridge, N.Y.), while fellow senior Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y.) recorded a hat trick, en route to a 14-10 victory over Saint Rose. With the win, the Mavericks improved to 3-0, while the Golden Knights slipped to 0-2.

St. Rose kicked off the scoring with a goal from Kevin Fleming with 10:29 remaining in the first quarter. Four minutes later, Mercy has its equalizer as Poppe scored the first goal on his terrific day.

Starting at 12:44 in the second quarter, the Mavericks reeled off five unanswered goals, including Marzocca's first of his hat trick. All five of those tallies came at nearly a minute apart.

The Golden Knights added three more goals in the first half, sandwiched by Marzocca's other two. At halftime, Mercy led, 8-4.

Poppe opened and closed out the third quarter with a goal each time, while St. Rose squeezed in a pair from Evan Helming in between the Elbridge native's markers.

In the fourth quarter, St. Rose came as close to 12-10, but Mercy capitalized and scored two goals within the final three minutes of the game. As a fitting end, Poppe netted his fourth marker with 43 seconds left in regulation.

For the Mavericks, Poppe finished with four goals, while Marzocca had three goals and two assists. Sophomores Bobby McDonough (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y.) had a pair of goals each, while the former dished out one assist and Wood had two helpers. Between the pipes, junior Mike Cashman (Bethpage, N.Y.) made seven saves.

For the Golden Knights, Fleming and Brett McAuliffe each had a hat trick, while Helming added two goals. In the cage, Nick Longo stopped nine shots.

Head Coach Jordan Levine and the Mavericks return to the field on Tuesday, March 5 when they host Southern New Hampshire University. The game will be played at Bethpage High School in Bethpage, Long Island. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.

2013-02-27



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