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March 8, 2012

Lacrosse Tops Southwestern, Earns First Win

The United States Merchant Marine Academy's lacrosse team (1-2) defeated Southwestern University (0-4) Tuesday night 18-13, in Georgetown, Texas.

In an outstanding team effort, ten different Mariners scored for Kings Point.  Freshman attacker Jeff Harty and freshman midfielder Troy Smith led the way with 3 goals apiece.  Senior attacker Sean Zakow tallied points on half of USMMA's goals with a game high seven assists and a total of nine points.  Junior goalkeeper Matt Kantor earned the win stopping 11 of the 24 shots he faced.

For the Pirates of Southwestern, sophomore midfielder Tyler Downing had a game high five goals and sophomore attacker Michael Villa was second on the team with three.  Junior attcker Jamie Long added a team high four assists.  Senior goalkeeper Chris O'Quain took the loss, allowing nine goals on 14 shots before being removed from the game at the end of the second quarter.

The first quarter of play was tightly contested.  The Mariners scored the first two goals in the first two minutes.  However, the Pirates quickly stormed back knotting the game at two midway through the period.  The two teams traded goals once again before USMMA sophomore midfielder Andrew Kratch recorded his second goal of the season with 58 seconds remaining.  Just as it looked as though Kings Point would take a lead into the second quarter, a late goal by Southwestern with 20 seconds left drew the contest even to a score of 4-4 as the quarter came to a close. 

The second period opened with Southwestern taking its first and only lead of the game as Downing put one past Kantor at the 11:46 mark.  The Mariners responded quickly as Harty tied the game less than a minute later.  Halfway through the period, senior midfielder Tyler Spaulding scored the goal that would ultimately put Kings Point up for good. Spaulding's tally ignited a run of four unanswered goals which stretched into the third quarter.

In the second half, Kings Point was slowly able to pull away from their opponents as they opened up a 16-8 lead early in the fourth quarter, their largest of the game.  The Pirates gained some ground as the quarter progressed but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit.  USMMA was able to gain control throughout the game by committing less turnovers, winning nearly 66% of face-offs and out working Southwestern on groundballs 53-32.

The win marks the Mariner's first as they continue to play on the road to open the season.  Their next game against University of Dallas (1-3) originally scheduled for Thursday March 8th was rescheduled due to inclement weather for Friday March 9th at 12:00 PM EST.