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Firebirds Score Two Second Half Goals in Loss to No. 17 Mercy College

Kianna Franklin finished the game with three goals.
Kianna Franklin finished the game with three goals.

WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District of Columbia women's lacrosse team was defeated 19-2 by East Coast Conference foe and No. 17 ranked Mercy College on Sunday night at Catholic University's Cardinal Stadium.

Senior midfielder Aaliyah Carter and freshman midfielder Kianna Franklin each scored a goal for the Firebirds during the 2nd half. Franklin now has 12 points on 11 goals and one assist, and Carter has seven goals this season.

Defensively, freshman goalkeeper Jada Foy stopped seven of 26 shots faced in a complete game effort. Also, midfielder Vanessa Valentine had a team-high two caused turnovers.

The Mavericks (11-1, 3-1 ECC) featured eight different goal scorers, including seven with two goals or more. Hunter Isnardi (4th leading scorer in the ECC), Alexa Haines (6th leading scorer in the ECC), Grace Davidson (9th leading scorer in the ECC) and Brittany Sergio each scored three goals, with Isnardi and Davidson both adding two assists as well.

Mercy goalkeeper Jillian Rocco, the ECC leader in save percentage, made two saves in a first half shut out. Shianne Judson played the 2nd half in goal for the Mavericks and allowed two goals on two shots.

The visitors scored early and often, racking up seven goals in just under seven minutes to start the game and never looking back. Mercy led 11-0 at halftime and extended its lead to 13 before UDC got on the board with Carter's unassisted goal at the 19:51 mark.

Later, following two more Maverick goals, Franklin picked her way through the Mercy defense, making a few nifty, start-and-stop moves before ripping a shot past Judson from point-blank range.

Mercy went on to score four unanswered goals to close the game out, and the Mavericks would win by a final score of 19-2.

Up next, UDC will host a non-regional game vs. Chowan University on Wednesday, April 12th at 3 p.m. The game will be played at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School.