Four Mariner Lacrosse Players Earn All-Conference Selections; Gill Named Coach of the Year
Towson, MD – The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners had four men's lacrosse players selected to the Landmark All-Conference team with Coach Gill named Coach of the Year for the first time in the Landmark Conference.
Sophomore Geoff Harty (Chicago, IL) was selected to the All-Landmark first team after tallying 34 goals on the season as an attacker; placing third in the conference. Harty was also fourth in the conference in points with 48.
Seniors Joseph Purcell (Mineola, NY), Sam Heard (Boca Raton, FL), and Sean Slattery (Massapequa, NY) were chosen as second team All-Conference winners for their solid play throughout the 2013 campaign.
Purcell, an excellent two-way midfielder for the Mariners, tallied 21 points on the season and also collected 19 groundballs with six caused turnovers.
On defense, Slattery and Heard collected 43 and 33 groundballs respectively, combining to cause 39 turnovers on the year. Heard's 24 caused turnovers ranked fourth in the conference.
Tom Gill was named Coach of the Year after leading the Mariners back to the Landmark Conference Championship game for the first time since 2009. Despite losing key players throughout the year, Merchant Marine was able to nab a 9-8 overall record; their first winning season since 2009.