DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - - The ninth ranked Mercy men's lacrosse team was too much to handle for Wilmington University on Sunday, as the Mavericks downed the Wildcats, 15-2, at Mercy Field.
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) has Mercy ranked at No. 9 in NCAA Division II this week, as they move to 5-0 on the year.
Ralph Ruggiero put the Wildcats (0-2) on the board to start the second quarter, but the Mavericks answered with the next four goals to go into the halftime break leading 7-1. The Wildcats had five shots to get back on the scoreboard before the half, but all five stayed out of the net to keep the score at 7-1.
Mercy outshot the Wildcats, 12-4, in the third quarter, scoring on six of those to take a 13-1 lead.
Logan Stinson tallied in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring for the Wildcats, get a feed from Miles Crouse. Keeshawn Bell assisted on Ruggiero's goal to account for all the points for the Wildcats.
Noah Given recorded 17 stops on 32 shots on goal, 50 total shots, good enough for a .531 save percentage. Jared Pheasant led the defense with three caused turnovers, and four ground balls while Jake Mollohan added two caused turnovers, and three ground balls. John Greene scooped up three ground balls as well.
The Wildcats had 37 shots in the game, putting 15 on frame. The Mavericks' net minders made 13 saves in the game.
The Wildcats are off until April 10 when they begin Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action. They will host Post on Saturday, April 10 at the WU Athletics Complex. Opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.