Women’s Lacrosse Stuns No. 9/10 Mercy 13-12

cassie palmisano

group celebration

THE BASICS:

- Score: Assumption 13, Mercy 12

- Records: Assumption (4-0), Mercy (4-1)

- Location: Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. (Mercy Field)

- The Lead: Assumption trailed 12-9 with 12 minutes left in regulation, but stormed back to score four goals over the final 11 minutes while the defense shut down No. 9/10 Mercy to lead the Hounds to a dramatic 13-12 comeback victory on a soggy Sunday afternoon.  

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Mercy jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 5:05 of the contest, forcing an Assumption timeout. The Hounds got on the board at 22:23 on a goal by Kailyn Hart (Cohoes, N.Y. / Shaker) off a feed by Sarah Reilly (Fairfield, Conn. / Fairfield-Warde) and then Reilly tallied a goal just over minute later. Hart tied it up with 19:00 left in the half, though the Mavericks took back the lead midway through the period.

- Hart tied it 4-4 at 13:01, but Assumption was held off the board for the next 12 minutes as Mercy scored four times to grab an 8-4 advantage. Freshman Jill Good (North Andover, Mass. / North Andover) ended the run with 55 seconds remaining and Reilly scored with 11 seconds left in the half to trail 8-6 at the half.

- The Mavericks scored the first two goals of the second half for a 10-6 lead. Olivia Angelo (Miller Place, N.Y. / Miller Place) answered at 21:47 and Good followed with a goal at 16:48 to pull within two. Mercy pushed its lead to 11-8 at 14:42, but Hart scored just 22 seconds later for an 11-9 contest. The Mavericks made it 12-9 with 12 minutes left.

- Reilly started the comeback with a goal at 10:50 off a feed from Meghan Cushing (Gorham, Maine / Gorham) and less than three minutes later Cushing found Good in front to pull the Hounds within one, 12-11. The offense kept attacking and Reilly was rewarded with a free position attempt with 5:49 remaining. She fired home the goal to tie the contest. Cushing provided the go-ahead goal at 4:27, scoring off a free position attempt. The defense did the rest, including forcing a turnover in the final minute and then running out the clock to preserve the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Assumption outshot Mercy 31-28 in the contest, including a 19-14 edge in the second half. The Hounds also won two more draws (14-12) and picked up one more ground ball (20-19). Assumption went 3-for-12 on free position attempts while the Mavericks were 3-for-6.

- Cushing helped spearhead the comeback, with all three of her points in the final 11 minutes, along with three ground balls, five draw controls and one caused turnover. Reilly added seven points on four goals and four assists with seven draws and three ground balls. Hart also scored four goals while Good tallied her first career hat trick.

- Sophomore Marran Oakman (Kennebunk, Maine / Kennebunk) had four caused turnovers, two draw controls and two ground balls while Grace McDermott (Franklin, Mass. / Franklin) and Haley Rose (Wading River, N.Y. / Shoreham Wading River) each added a pair of caused turnovers. Freshman Allie Collins (Natick, Mass. / Natick) made 11 saves with 12 goals allowed and picked up six ground balls to earn her third win of the year.

- Mercy's Hunter Isnardi scored six goals with 11 draw controls, six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Emma Jacobsen took the loss in net as she stopped four shots while giving up 13 goals.

-The victory over Mercy is the program's first win over a top-ten team. The Mavericks are ranked No. 9 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 20 Poll and No. 10 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Coaches Poll. This also marks best start for the team since 2015 when the Hounds opened the season 4-0.

- With her seven points today, Reilly became just the third player in program history to surpass 200 points as she finished the day with 203. Her 65 career assists are second all-time while her 138 goals are third. Jenny Mongeau is second all-time in points with 221.

UP NEXT:

- Assumption returns to action on Saturday when the team hosts Saint Michael's at 12 p.m.

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