Photo by Duff Hughes
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (April 2, 2016) – The USMMA men's lacrosse team lost a road conference game against Elizabethtown College, 17-10, on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops Merchant Marine's record to 7-2 (1-1 Landmark), while the Blue Jays improve to 8-3 (3-0 Landmark).
Sophomores Pat Coll (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) led the way for the Mariners. Coll finished the game with a team-high three goals and Treon finished had a team-best four points on a goal and three assists.
Freshmen Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.), Charley Hughes (Baltimore, Md.) and Michael Rodriguez (Coronado, Calif.) each finished with two goals on the afternoon. Hughes also finished with a team-high seven groundballs. Hughes was 15-of-25 from the faceoff-X with a game-high seven groundballs. Senior defender Gus Sawicki (Louisville, Colo.) led all players in the game with four caused turnovers. Senior goalie Kevin Young (Springfield, Va.) faced 37 shots on goal and had a season-best 20 saves.
The Mariners jumped on the board first with a goal by Renard just under five minutes into the game. Elizabethtown tied the score up at 1:52 of the opening quarter and then went on to take the lead with just eight seconds remaining in the frame.
The second quarter wound up being the quarter with most action. The Mariners came out firing and scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead at 9:50. The Blue Jays came back by scoring two consecutive goals in under a minute to tie the game up. The Mariners then regained the advantage with 7:17 left in the quarter, but E-Town started to pull away shortly after. Over the final seven minutes of the second, the Blue Jays would score five straight goals, with the last goal of the quarter coming with only one second left to play. Elizabethtown took a 9-5 lead into halftime.
The third quarter had a total of six goals – three goals coming from each team. The Mariners were unable to gain any ground going into the fourth. In the final quarter, the teams traded a goal apiece to start before the E-Town went on another run. From 8:35 until 2:24, the Blue Jays scored four unanswered goals and take a commanding 17-9 lead. The Mariners got closed out the scoring with 11 seconds after the last Elizabethtown goal, but were unable to inch any closer.
Blue Jay senior Jimmy Waters led all players in the game with seven points on three goals and four assists, while junior Dan Bednarik had five goals for Elizabethtown. Junior goalie David Miracle faced 18 shots on goal and had eight saves over the course of the game to earn the victory between the pipes.
The Mariners return to action this Wednesday, April 6, when they host SUNY Maritime. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available by following those links.
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