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February 23, 2013

Mariners Topple FDU-Florham 8-2

Kings Point, NY – Sophomore attacker Geoff Harty (Chicago, IL) scored four times on Saturday afternoon as the United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (1-1, 0-0 LC) upended the FDU-Florham Devils (0-1, 0-0 MAC) by a score of 8-2 in Kings Point, NY. 

Three of Harty's four goals came in the first seven minutes of play to grab an early 3-0 lead for Merchant Marine.  Senior Joseph Purcell (Mineola, NY) tacked on a fourth in the final minute of the first quarter to give the Mariners a 4-0 advantage heading into the second frame.

For the second straight game, USMMA had a bit of a sluggish second quarter as they were held off the scoreboard.  Devils senior attacker Cody McHugh (East Brunswick, NJ) netted the only goal in the period to cut the Mariner advantage to 4-1 heading into halftime.

After an early goal by FDU to open the second half, Merchant Marine grabbed back the momentum when sophomore midfielder Troy Smith (Deer Park, TX) fired a shot past the Devils' keeper less than two minutes later.

The tally would spark a run of four straight goals as the Mariners would ride their early lead to an 8-2 victory.

Despite being outshot 35-30, USMMA was able to weather the Devils' attack with another strong performance by sophomore goalkeeper Alex Peyreigne (Weston, CT).  Peyreigne made a game-high 14 saves on 16 shots on goal to pick up his first victory of the season.

Freshman Kevin Young (Springfield, VA) also made his first appearance in net,  playing out the final four minutes, stopping one shot, and allowing no goals.

Merchant Marine was able to keep control throughout the game by dominating in the faceoff circle.  Freshman midfielder Chris Whitenack (East Meadow, NY) converted on 10 of his 13 faceoff chances while senior midfielder Sean Sheehy (Annapolis, MD) won the single faceoff which he contested. 

Senior midfielder Sam Heard's (Boca Raton, FL) four caused turnovers was also a game high.

Merchant Marine will have some time off before heading out on the road to face Wesley College (2-0, 0-0 CAC) on March 6 at 4:30 PM.