KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 25, 2017) – On Saturday, the USMMA men's lacrosse team lost a very close contest to visiting Skyline Conference opponent Montclair State, 12-10, on Senior Day at Brooks Stadium. In defeat, the Mariners fall to 3-2 (1-1 Skyline) on the season, while the Red Hawks improve to 1-6 (1-0 Skyline) with the victory.
Prior to the opening faceoff, the Mariner men's lacrosse program paid tribute to its six graduating seniors with a special Senior Day ceremony honoring Channing Meyer (Norman, Okla.), Patrick Keyes (Parsippany, N.J.), Dave Ossing (Catonsville, Md.), Cameron Hallier (Houston, Texas), Chris Whitenack (East Meadow, N.Y.) and Dan McGovern (Baltimore, Md.).
On the field, the game was so close that neither team built up a lead of more than three goals. The Mariners scored the first two goals of the game and Montclair quickly answered back before the end of the first to tie the score up at 2-2. In the second, the Red Hawks grabbed their first lead with the first tally of the frame, but Merchant Marine scored three of the next four goals and took a 5-4 lead into the halftime break.
After MSU tied the game up at 5-5 early in the third, the Mariners rattled off three straight goals to take the largest advantage of the day for either team, three goals (8-5), with just 1:23 left in the quarter. The Red Hawks scored a goal with just seven seconds left and that gave them momentum into the fourth, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Montclair scored the first three goals of the fourth over a 10-minute span to go ahead 9-8. USMMA responded with a tally at 3:03 to tie the game up at 9-9, but just seven seconds later, the Red Hawks answered with the goal that gave them the lead they wouldn't relinquish. They finished the game with two of the next three goals to claim their first victory of the season.
A big difference in the game was at the faceoff-X, where Montclair won 22-of-24 draws on the day. The Red Hawks also picked up 13 more groundballs than the Mariners – 37-24. However, the Mariner defense was strong, causing 10 turnovers as opposed to just five by the visitors.
Junior Pat Coll (Clifton Park, N.Y.) led the Mariners and tied for the game-high with four goals. Sophomore Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.) added three, while junior Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) had three points with two goals and one assist. Freshman defender Adam Behrndt (Glenmoore, Pa.) also found the back of the net for the first of his career.
Treon also picked up a team-best five groundballs, while also tying with junior Matt Amoscato (Rocky Point, N.Y.) for the team-lead with three caused turnovers. In goal, Ossing was sharp with 14 saves over the 60 minutes and he also picked up four GBs. Freshman defender Nick Vinberg (Massapequa, N.Y.) recorded three groundballs and caused two TO's
Montclair sophomore Skyler Francisco played a big part in the victory, scoring four second half goals – the one very late in the third that shifted the momentum and then three more in the fourth. Senior Don Finn contributed three goals and one assist and five other Red Hawks found the back of the net.
Senior goalie Lucas Jones earned the victory, as he stopped 12 Mariner shots on the day. Classmate Blase Mantineo was a remarkable 22-for-23 from the faceoff-X, while fellow senior Ryan Young gobbled up 12 groundballs – most off of the faceoff wins. Five different players had one caused turnover each.
The Mariners are back at it on Wednesday night, March 29, when they play host to St. Joseph's of Long Island in another Skyline Conference contest. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Men's Lacrosse Schedule Page.
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Mariners Fall To Montclair, 12-10, In Senior Day Skyline Tilt