April 14, 2011

Win Puts Mercy Atop ECC Standings for Now

from press release

In an incredible display of character and intestinal fortitude, the No. 6 Mercy College men's lacrosse team beat Molloy College on Thursday, 8-4, in front of nearly 200 fans. Mercy has now doubled its win total from a year ago with ten wins, and sits atop the East Coast Conference with a 6-1 mark. Molloy is now 3-7 overall, and 1-4 in the ECC.

The first half was a tight affair, with the score knotted at three goals apiece at the break. The Mavericks later scored five unanswered goals to claim the victory.

To start the game, sophomore John Lionetti (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue) won the faceoff cleanly, and the ball popped over to freshman Zach Reinauer (Sparta, N.J./Sparta). Reinauer went right to the goal and scored, just seven seconds in, and Mercy had a 1-0 lead. Molloy responded a few minutes later with a goal from Jimmy Davis, only to have junior Sal Spinelli (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip/Suffolk C.C.) put the hosts up 2-1 after 15 minutes of play.

In the second quarter, freshman attack Jesse Wood (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic) scored the first of his three goals on the day, giving the Mavericks a 4-2 lead. Undeterred, Molloy scored twice in the period, and the score was tied at the half, 3-3.

In the third, Molloy took its only lead of the game, when Steve Genovese scored, unassisted, at the 10:26 mark. Goals from Wood and sophomore Mike Marzocca (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) came just 27 seconds apart, and Mercy regained the lead for good.

On the day, Wood led the attack with three goals and an assist, while Marzocca had a pair of goals. Freshman Quadear Mike (Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) had a goal and an assist, as junior Craig Blom (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue/Suffolk C.C.) had two assists.

Both goalkeepers played exceptionally well. Mercy's T. J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) made 21 saves, while his Molloy counterpart Glenn Greubel made 20.

The Mavericks have plenty of time to prepare for the next game, when Mercy hosts two-time defending national champion C.W. Post on Saturday, April 23. That game will be played on Mavericks Field, on Mercy's main campus in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

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