Football (5-0)

John Jay 35, Lakeland 21
Friday, Oct. 4

Luke Mercer rushed for 215 yards on 21 carries and 4 touchdowns in John Jay’s 35-21 win over host Lakeland on Oct. 4. The Indians improved to 5-0.

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“Going into the game, we knew our offensive line was better, and in the game it showed,” said Mercer, who also passed for 111 yards. “They were making huge blocks and creating big holes for me.”

Mercer opened the scoring with a 27-yard touchdown run and Jon Connelly added a 1-yard plunge to put the Indians up 14-0.

Lakeland answered with a touchdown pass but Mercer made it 21-7 with a 2-yard touchdown rush early in the second quarter. The Hornets responded with a score before halftime as the Indians held just a 21-14 lead at the break.

“During halftime, we knew we had to make adjustments on defense,” Mercer said. “But offensively, we knew we just had to keep pounding them with our offensive line.”

Mercer’s touchdown runs of 8 and 28 yards in the second half put a Hornet comeback out of reach, stretching the lead to 35-14.

Ian Gallagher had 5 catches for 55 yards to lead the receivers.

John Jay closes out the regular season when it hosts Beacon for homecoming at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“Our main focus right now is to win this week and also continue to improve,” Mercer said. “We have a lot of work to do before playoffs, but first we need to close out the regular season with a win.”

Field Hockey (5-3-2)

John Jay 4, Panas 0
Wednesday, Oct. 2

Ella Blum (2G), Annabel Brennan and Mia Puccio scored goals for John Jay in a 4-0 win over host Walter Panas on Oct. 2.

“Our ball movement is progressing every day and our mental toughness is growing,” John Jay coach Debbi Walsh said. “We dominated ball possession today and we were playing a very smart game. I love where this team is today and the commitment they have made to keep getting better. With 16 offensive corners, we need to convert on those. Our offensive press got us two penalty strokes that were converted into goals by Ella Blum and Mia Puccio.”

Melina O’Connor added an assist. Samantha Spieler made 1 save in net.

John Jay 6, Lourdes 0
Friday, Oct. 4

Two days later, the Indians were on the road again and cruised to a 6-0 shutout win over Our Lady of Lourdes.

Faye Tobin tallied 2 goals. Puccio, O’Connor, Sophia DiFalco and Kate Mercer had 1 goal apiece. Sydney Phillips added an assist. Ashleigh Brennan stopped 1 shot in the cage.

“I loved that we had five different scorers in this game,” Walsh said. “Because we took the lead early, it allowed me to move players into different positions to find our strongest defense and best offensive chemistry. Today, girls coming off the bench were able to score and that makes our overall team chemistry even stronger. I couldn’t be prouder of these girls and how they are playing at this point in the season.”

Volleyball (10-1)

John Jay 3, Lakeland 0
Thursday, Oct. 3

The Indians swept visiting Lakeland in straight sets on Oct. 3. John Jay dominated at the net and won by scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-16.

Kira McMann (10 kills) and Lily Preis (9 kills) were the usual suspects up front. Kaitlyn Varriale and Madigan Flynn added seven kills apiece. Preis also had 19 service points, including a run of 11 in a row in the third set to help the Indians open up a big lead after trailing early on.

Taylor Hoffman finished with 21 assists, helping set up nine different Indians who recorded kills. Allie Driesen added 8 assists.

John Jay 3, Somers 0
Friday, Oct. 4

The next afternoon, John Jay defeated host Somers 25-15, 25-20, 29-27.

Boys Soccer (5-5)

John Jay 2, Lakeland 0
Thursday, Oct. 3

Jonah Peris and Joey Pink scored goals in John Jay’s 2-0 win over visiting Lakeland on Oct. 3.

Owen Rabii recorded the shutout in net with 7 saves.

Walter Panas 4, John Jay 3
Saturday, Oct. 5