DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. — Three minutes, 37 seconds into Tuesday's showdown at undefeated Mercy, the NYIT women's lacrosse team trailed 5-0 and coach Kerri Handras was forced to call timeout.
The Bears then regrouped at soggy Mercy Field. And 14th-ranked NYIT ultimately beat the 17th-ranked Mavericks, 13-11.
Alyssa Milano broke an 11-all tie on an assist from Trisha Serras with 8:11 remaining to lift the Bears to the victory. Karie Znaniecki, whose older sister played for Mercy and younger sister has signed to play with the Mavericks, added an empty-cage goal with 31 seconds left to cap the scoring.
"With the game-winning goal, we knew with a team like this they were trying to slow us down because they were down," Serras said. "We just had to push it in the fast break. Alyssa was a tall target. She was open. We fed it in, and she was able to finish the shot for us."
NYIT improved to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the East Coast Conference. Mercy dropped to 9-1 overall and 1-1 in the ECC.
"A huge win," Handras labeled the victory. "Definitely a great win for us, for them to have been undefeated. They're a great team. And we're just so excited to get this conference win."