Led by four goals from junior attacker Katherine Sanchez and three goals from senior midfielder Hunter Isnardi, the Mercy Mavericks Women’s lacrosse team improved to 3-0 after defeating New Haven by a score of 12-8 on Feb. 27 to win their home opener.
The Mavericks have now started 3-0 for the fourth consecutive year and defeated the Chargers for the first time in program history.
The first nearly six minutes of the game saw neither team score a single goal until Isnardi broke the scoreless tie to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead.
The game was quickly tied again as the Chargers responded with a goal of their own just over a minute later.
Sanchez scored consecutive goals to give the Mavericks a 3-1 lead mid way through the first half. Her third goal came with 10:30 left in the half.
The Mavericks entered the break with an 8-3 lead with Isnardi and Sanchez leading the way scoring a combined five goals.
After maintaining a five goal lead to start the third, the lead was cut to three by the Chargers with twenty-one minutes left in the half, but Isnardi made it a four score game again when she scored her third goal of the game to make it 11-7.
Once again the Chargers would cut it to three but that was the closest they would come as the Mavericks scored one last goal and went on to win by a final score of 12-8 to give them a win in their first home game of the season.
Sanchez and Isnardi led the way with a combined seven goals and the Mavericks also got two goals and an assist from sophomore attacker Casey Shimborske.
Mercy held a 41-22 edge in shots, and a 26-16 edge in ground balls.
The Mavericks will look to improve to 4-0 when they take on Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday March. 2.