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Mariners Lose a Tough One to #7 Stevens

Kings Point, NY – The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (0-1, 0-0 LC) were defeated by the nationally ranked Stevens Tech Ducks (1-0, 0-0 E8) by a score of 14-8 Wednesday night in Kings Point, NY.

Despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of play, the Mariners were unable to ride their momentum throughout the game to pull off the upset over #7 Stevens.

The Ducks peppered shots towards Mariner sophomore goalkeeper Alex Peyreigne (Weston, CT) all night long.  The Merchant Marine keeper saw a total of 51 balls come his way, as he made a game-high 20 saves on 34 shots on net.

After falling behind 2-0, Stevens responded by scoring three straight before Merchant Marine tied the game on a laser by senior attacker Michael Ackerman (Malvern, PA).  It looked as though the game would remain knotted heading into the second before Ducks' senior midfielder Harrison Dorne (Morristown, NJ) tallied the first of his game-high five goals with 19 seconds remaining in the quarter.

The second frame didn't treat the Mariners well as Stevens controlled much of the play.  Kings Point failed to muster a goal in the second as they saw the Ducks rip 21 shots against their defense, converting on four of them to take an 8-3 advantage into the break.

The Mariners came out in the third looking to challenge the Stevens defense.  Goals by junior midfielder Phil Walker (East Falmouth, MA), sophomore attacker Geoff Harty (Chicago, IL), and senior attacker Delaney Oksman (Portsmouth, VA) helped Merchant Marine win the third quarter by outscoring the Ducks 3-2.

Heading into the final stanza down by only four, Merchant Marine did their best to stay in the game.  Despite getting goals from Walker and senior midfielder Joseph Purcell (Mineola, NY), the Mariners couldn't overcome their deficit as they fell by a final score of 14-8.

Walker led Kings Point in scoring with four points (two goals, two assists), with Ackerman and Oksman also getting three points apiece.

Freshman midfielder Chris Whitenack (East Meadow, NY) took the majority of the faceoffs for the Mariners, converting on nine of 23 attempts and picking up a game-high seven groundballs.

As a team, Merchant Marine hung with the nationally ranked Ducks who defeated them by a score of 21-4 a year ago to the date in Hoboken, NJ.

The Mariners will face the Devils of FDU-Florham (0-0, 0-0 MAC) Saturday Feb. 23 at 1:00 PM in Kings Point.