KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 31, 2018) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's lacrosse team won its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday, 19-9, over visiting Medaille College at Brooks Stadium. The victory improves the Mariners' record to 5-2, while the Mavericks fall to 4-2.
Junior Meredith Willard (Portland, Maine) led all players in the game with 10 points on seven goals and three assists. With her seventh goal at 18:44 of the second half, Willard became the first Mariner to reach the 100 career-goal plateau.
Classmate Jessica Reilly (Sayville, N.Y.) had a great all-around game, as she recorded eight points on seven goals and one assist, while also picking up a game-high 17 draw controls, five groundballs and a caused turnover. Fellow junior Maura Malone (Yorktown, Va.) found the back of the net four times and also had three draw controls, while classmate Elizabeth Livi (Fair Lawn, N.J.) also scored for Merchant Marine and sophomore Elena Chamberland (Lakeland, Fla.) added an assist.
In net, junior Hannah Gizzi (Finksburg, Md.) made nine saves – eight or which came in the second half – to earn the victory, while also picking up four groundballs.
After the Mavericks scored the first goal of the day, the Mariners responded with six of the next seven to go up 6-2 at 16:50 of the opening half. They finished the frame with five of the next eight goals to expand their advantage to 11-5 at halftime.
Medaille came out strong to start the second half, scoring three of the first four goals to make it a four-goal game, 12-8, at 23:25. However, the Mariners scored the next seven straight goals to cruise on to the victory.
The Mavericks were led by junior Kelsey Beres and freshman Alexis Ackerson, who both scored three times in the game. Senior Sarah Espe added two tallies and freshman Maddy Austin scored a second-half free-position goal. Freshman Macalya Barry dished out an assist to round out Medaille's point-scorers.
Sophomore goalie Deejah Burgess suffered the loss after playing the first half and allowing 11 goals while stopping seven. In the second half, junior Caitlin Pasterak made two saves and allowed eight goals.
The Mariners are back in action one week from today, Saturday, April 7, for the Skyline Conference opener at Farmingdale State. Opening draw against the Rams is scheduled for 12-noon. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Lacrosse Schedule Page.
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