Mercy's Eight-Goal Run Dooms Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (Apr. 9, 2014) Junior Michelle Tiernan (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) scored two goals during an eight-goal run as Mercy picked up a non-conference victory over the Warriors of Merrimack, 11-5.

Mercy improves to 6-7 overall with a fourth win in the last five games while Merrimack drops to 2-10.

The Mavericks boarded a 9:30 a.m. bus bound for North Andover and, after a near four-hour ride, the Mavericks landed in the small town located in the Northeast corner of Massachusetts. The trip may have caused a little "bus lag" for the team as the Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 at the 22:37 mark.

Mercy finally lit up the visitor's side of the scoreboard as junior Keri Watson (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) off a caused turnover by sophomore Nicole Augustine (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), cutting the Warriors lead in half at 2-1 with 13:13 left in the game. Tiernan punched in the game-tying goal at 2-2 just two minutes later off an assist from junior Marissa Kluber (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River).

Mercy took the lead just 30 seconds later as Tiernan scored for a second time off an assist from Watson. The Mavericks keep the foot on the gas as senior Kelsey Bub (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas [Iona College]) scored off an assist from junior Meg McNally (Hillburn, N.Y./Suffern [Lock Haven Univ.]) to take a 4-2 lead with 7:04 left in the half.

The Mavericks continued the run as senior Kristen Znaniecki (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) scored an unassisted goal, and on the very next draw control Tiernan snatched the ball out the air and passed it to Watson, who hit a cutting Kluber to lead 6-2.

Freshman Jillian Rocco (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East) made two key saves on free position shots to preserve the Mavericks' 6-2 lead going into the half.

In the second half, early shots by Bub and Tiernan were stopped by Warriors goalkeeper Inna Hedden. Freshman Melissa DellaRocca (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) found the net on the Mavericks' third shot of the half to increase the lead to 7-2 at the 18:15 mark.

After a second yellow card was issued to Merrimack Clare Blomberg, Kluber caused a turnover, scooped up the ground ball and then scored to take an 8-2 lead with 15:50 left.

The Warriors finally answered the Mavericks, as they scored three unanswered goals to cut the lead to 8-5 with 8:03 left, forcing Head Coach Dawn Anselmin to call a timeout to refocus the team.

The Warriors looked to cut the lead to 8-6 and shift the momentum of the game in their favor, but freshman Shianne Judson's (Bayshore, N.Y./Bayshore) lone save on the afternoon brought the Warriors rally to a screeching halt. Two minutes later, Augustine converted on a free position shot to take a 9-5 lead.

Bub would then slam the door on any chance of a Warriors comeback, as she scored two goals in a span of one minute to take an 11-5 lead and secure the win.

For Mercy, Kluber added three ground balls and a caused turnover, while Augustine added two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior Nicole Kline (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) totaled three ground balls and one caused turnover, while graduate student Callie Schwichtenberg (San Diego, Calif./Granite Hills) finished with two ground balls and one caused turnover.


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