Maddy Mecca (Oceanside, NY) scored a team-best four goals but Purchase College was unable to make a full comeback against host Wilkes University in the 2019 women's lacrosse season opener Tuesday evening.
Wilkes raced out to a 10-5 lead at the half and never looked back on way to a 19-9 non-conference victory at Schmidt Stadium.
Camryn Devitt opened the scoring for Wilkes (2-1) off an assist from
Domenica Lerch four minutes into the game. Wilkes continued to connect
over the next several minutes to take a 5-0 lead over Purchase (0-1)
with 20:43 remaining in the half.
Panther junior Astrella Dacosta (Croton, NY)
ignited a 3-0 Purchase run with a goal at 17:55. Mecca followed with
the first of her four goals at 16:18. Less than a minute later, she
found the back of the net again off a helper from freshman Sigrid Cassell (Huntington, NY).
Wilkes fired back with four unanswered goals. Kyra Boccio and Laura Bayzick scored twice each during the stretch.
Purchase sophomore Gabriella Castles (Bethpage, NY) broke the home team's run with an unassisted goal at 9:19.
With less than two minutes remaining in the half, Mecca completed the hat trick performance off an assist from Cassell.
Lerch continued her scoring tear into the second half adding three more
goals to push the Wilkes lead to 16-6, its largest of the game, with
14:05 remaining. Purchase got no closer than seven goals the rest of
the way as Lerch, Sierra Duman and Bayzick notched insurance tallies in
the final eight minutes of the non-conference win.
Mecca finished with four goals and led all scorers with a career-high 10
draw controls and six ground balls. Castles also recorded a hat trick
on the evening with three goals and one assists for four points. Cassell
chipped in with a goal and team-best two assists, while Dacosta added
one goal and four ground balls.
Junior netminder Brianna Pirozzi (Staten Island, NY) recorded six saves and was tagged with her first loss of the season.
For Wilkes, Lerch recorded with a career-best six goals and two assists
for eight points. Boccio followed with six points on three goals and
three helpers while Duman added five points on four goals and one
assist. Bayzick enjoyed a fine all-around game scoring four goals and
collecting a game-high 10 ground balls with six draw controls.
Sarah Carlini finished with 14 saves playing all but ten minutes in net in the game on way to the victory.
Purchase looks to bounce back next Monday (Mar. 11) with its home opener against Southern Vermont College starting at 4 p.m.