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April 28, 2012

USMMA Honors Five Seniors

The United States Merchant Marine Academy lacrosse team honored five seniors prior to their season ending game against the Gophers of Goucher College.

The following five Mariners were recognized for their dedication to their team, the Academy, and their future service to the United States:

Vincent Acquavita - #15 - Defense - A four year starter and senior captain from East Islip, New York, Vincent Acquavita has been one of the cornerstones of the Kings Point defense since joining the Mariners.  Amassing 116 ground balls and 72 turnovers throughout his career, he will be graduating with a degree in Marine Engineering Systems and a minor in Offshore Engineering.

Kevin Dwyer - #24 - Defense - Also a four year starter and senior captain, Kevin Dwyer is originally from Smithtown, New York.  Throughout his career stifling opposing offenses, he has collected 120 ground balls and caused 70 turnovers.  Dwyer will be graduating from the Academy with a degree in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation; following graduation, he will be going into active duty with the United States Coast Guard.

Ryan Lynch - #31 - Defense - Originally from Arnold, Maryland, senior captain Ryan Lynch has played a vital role in the Mariner's man-down defense throughout his career at the Academy.  Lynch will be graduating with a degree in Marine Engineering.

Tyler Spaulding - #7 - Attack - A four year starter and senior captain from Hollywood, Maryland, Tyler Spaulding has spent his career with the Mariners confusing defenses in the attack zone.  He has totaled 32 goals and 14 assists in his four years at the Academy.  Spaulding will be graduating with a degree in Marine Transportation.

Sean Zakow - #13 - Attack – Originally from South Huntington, New York, Sean Zakow has amassed a total of 131 points including 68 goals and 63 assists while playing for Kings Point.  In 2011, his 36 assists ranked fourth in all of division III earning Zakow 1st Team All-Landmark Conference honors.  He will be graduating with a degree in Marine Transportation. 

The Mariners played a strong first half against the nationally ranked Gophers of Goucher College.  Kings Point took an early lead when junior attacker Michael Ackerman found the back of the net at the 13:14 mark of the first period.  However, the Gophers quickly responded when senior attacker Kyle Boncaro tied the game just over two minutes later.  Ackerman scored for a second time at the 5:37 mark, but Boncaro responded once again knotting the score at two heading into the second quarter.

The Gophers took two penalties as time expired in the first quarter leaving the door open for the Mariners to grab momentum.  However, an overly aggressive attack may have cost Kings Point as a swift clear by the Goucher defense and a pinpoint pass from senior midfielder Matt Lynch to junior midfielder Zachary Fratella led to the third Gopher goal; scored a man down. 

Goucher would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game scoring a total of 13 consecutive goals.  Mariner's junior midfielder Jack Spitz ended the run scoring a goal with 1:46 remaining in the game, but it was too late as USMMA lost their final regular season game by a score of 14-3.

For Kings Point, freshman goalkeeper Alex Peyreigne played the first three quarters allowing 10 goals and making eight saves.  Junior goalkeeper Matt Kantor entered the game at the start of the fourth quarter stopping two shots and allowing four goals.  Ackerman's two goals and one assist led the Mariners in scoring.  Senior captain Vincent Acquavita had a team high four caused turnovers and senior captain Kevin Dwyer and junior midfielder Seas Sheehy tied for a game high with seven ground balls apiece. 

Junior goalkeeper Connor Mishaw earned the win in net for the Gophers playing over 55 minutes and allowing two goals while making 11 saves.  Boncaro led Goucher in scoring with four goals and two assists.