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March 28, 2012

USMMA Upends Manhattanville 10-5

KINGS POINT -- The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (4-5) ended their three-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 10-6 victory over the Valiants of Manhattanville College (1-7) in Kings Point, NY.

The first half was fairly low scoring with each team tallying a total of two goals apiece.  The Mariners got on the board first with another quick start when freshman attacker Geoff Harty (Chicago, Ill.) scored on two of the first three shots of the game for Kings Point. 

It wasn't until there was 2:05 remaining in the half that the Valiants would answer.  Late goals by senior midfielder Joe Daly (Mahopac, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Billy Motherway (Kings Park, N.Y.) knotted the contest heading into halftime. 

At the eight minute mark of the third quarter, Manhattanville freshman midfielder Connor Castleman (Kingwood, Texas) put the Valiants on top for the first and only time in the game.  Merchant Marine would swiftly respond scoring two in the final three minutes of the period, giving the Mariners a 4-3 leading heading into the final frame.

The fourth quarter was dominated by Kings Point, scoring six times with the eventual game winner coming off the stick of Harty at the 11:23 mark. 

Merchant Marine was led in scoring by Harty who netted half of the Mariner's goals; tallying two of his five in the fourth quarter to help preserve the USMMA victory.  Junior attacker Michael Ackerman (Malvern, Pa.) also added two goals and an assist.  Harty leads the Mariners in points and goals with 32 and 12 respectively.  Ackerman is second in both categories with 22 and 12.     

Junior midfielder Sean Sheehy (Annapolis, Md.) helped Merchant Marine control possession by winning 10 of 17 face-offs and collecting a game high four ground balls.  Freshman goalkeeper Alex Peyreigne (Weston, Conn.) got the win in relief of junior goalkeeper Matt Kantor (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).  Peyreigne played the entire second half stopping six of nine shots and set up a goal while down a man; hurling a 30 yard pass to sophomore midfielderAndrew Kratch (Cladwell, N.J.) who found the back of the net. 

The Valiants were led by sophomore attacker Brian D'Iorio (Freehold, N.J.) who assisted on three goals and Motherway who scored two.  Junior goalkeeper Dom Poletto (Engelwwod, Colo.), who took the loss, played the entire match surrendering 10 goals on 26 shots.  Even though Manhattanville outshot the Mariners, only 18 of their 38 shots were on goal.  USMMA was able to land 26 of their 35 on net, challenging the Valiant's goalie to make saves on quality opportunities.

The Mariners will continue their home stand this Saturday March 31st when they take on Montclair State University (3-5) at 1:00 PM.