KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 30, 2016) – The USMMA men's lacrosse team ended its season on Saturday afternoon with a tough loss to visiting Susquehanna, 19-4, at Brooks Stadium. The Mariners finish the 2016 campaign with a 10-4 record (3-3 Landmark), while the Crusaders improve to 12-4 (5-1 Landmark) with the victory.
Prior to the opening faceoff, the Merchant Marine men's lacrosse program paid tribute to its eight graduating seniors with a special Senior Day ceremony. They honored Stephen Magretti (Tappan, N.Y.), Eric Kennedy (Massapequa, N.Y.), John Wesely (Bellaire, Texas), Michael Atkinson (Virginia Beach, Va.), Rob Tirrito (Centerport, N.Y.), Gus Sawicki (Louisville, Colo.), Ethan Medler (Kingwood, Texas) and Kevin Young (Springfield, Va.) for their dedication to the team and Academy during their time at Kings Point.
Freshman Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.) led the Mariners with two points on a goal and an assist, while three other players also found the back of the net for USMMA – sophomores Pat Coll (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) and freshman Matt Kane (Lewes, Del.). Magretti also dished out an assist on Kane's goal in the final minute of play.
Freshman Charley Hughes (Baltimore, Md.) was 9-for-18 on faceoffs with a team-high five groundballs. Sawicki led the Mariners with two caused turnovers and, in goal, Young made 13 saves in the losing effort.
The Crusaders were led by senior Jake Calder, who tallied five points on three goals and two assists. Sophomore Andrew Porzio also had a hat-trick with three goals and one assist. Classmate Alec Tzaneteas added two goals and dished out one assist while also matching senior teammate Kade MacGregor for the game-high in groundballs with six.
Freshman goalie Dylan Abplanalp earned the victory between the pipes with 11 saves in 47.5 minutes. In relief, classmate Coleman Dieffenbach made four saves in just over seven minutes and fellow freshman Ryan Cataldo finished the final 5:15 of the game with three saves.
The Mariners end the year with double-digit wins for the first time since the 2009 season, when they went 11-6 and made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Final 2016 Landmark Conference Standings
1. Elizabethtown (6-0)
2. Susquehanna (5-1)
3. Catholic (3-3) *
4. Scranton (3-3) *
5. USMMA (3-3) *
6. Goucher (1-6)
7. Drew (0-7)
The following tie-breakers have been applied:
* - Catholic, Scranton, and USMMA all finished with identical 3-3 records. Head-to-head, all teams were 1-1 against one another. Comparing each team's record against remaining conference teams in rank order, all three teams had identical records - all lost to Elizabethtown, all lost to Susquehanna, all defeated Goucher, all defeated Drew. Comparing goal differential (max differential of seven goals per game) Catholic is +6, Scranton is even, and USMMA is -6; therefore, Catholic is the No. 3 seed, Scranton is the No. 4 seed, and USMMA finishes fifth.
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