KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 7, 2018) – In a matchup that featured the #3 offense in the country in Merchant Marine and the #5 defense in the country in Farmingdale State, it was the offense that prevailed, as the Mariners held off the Rams' late rally to secure a hard-earned and important 15-11 Skyline Conference victory on Saturday at Brooks Stadium. USMMA remains undefeated and moves to 9-0 (4-0 Skyline) on the season, while the Rams fall to 6-5 (1-2 Skyline).
Seniors Pat Coll (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) led the Merchant Marine offense with a game-high six points each, as Coll scored five times and dished out one assist and Treon tallied four goals and had two helpers on the day.
Junior Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.) added four points on three goals and an assist and two other Mariners had multi-point games – sophomore Liam Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) and senior Tucker Dodson (Charleston, S.C.), who both recorded a goal and an assist. Sophomore Mike Morsberger (Catonsville, Md.) rounded out the Mariner goal-scorers.
The Mariners won 23-of-30 faceoffs, with freshman Kyle Buser (Babylon, N.Y.) going 14-for-20 and sophomore Charley Hughes (Baltimore, Md.) winning all but one, as he was 9-for-10. Buser picked up a game-high 12 groundballs and Hughes was one of three Mariners (Coll and Treon) to scoop up four GBs.
In goal, freshman Brendan Kane (Lewes, Del.) made nine saves to secure his eighth victory of the season. Defensively, the Mariners had five players record one caused turnovers each – Coll, Treon, sophomore Jake Erickson (Cicero, N.Y.), junior Teddy Finley (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and freshman Zach Venanzi (Jupiter, Fla.).
The game was close throughout, as Merchant Marine trailed 4-2 late into the opening quarter before Dodson scored the first of four man-up goals on the day for the Mariners and the hosts trailed 4-3 after the first 15 minutes.
USMMA scored four of the first five goals of the second to open up a 7-5 lead and the two teams traded the final two goals before halftime and they went into the break with the Mariners leading, 8-6.
Merchant Marine scored the first three goals of the third quarter in the first two-plus minutes to take either teams' largest lead of the day, five goals, 11-6. However, the Rams fought back to within just one goal after four-straight tallies made it 11-10 late in the third.
The teams traded the first two goals of the fourth, but the Mariners finished strong with three consecutive markers in the final five minutes to put the game out of reach.
Farmingdale was led by junior Conor McAvoy, who tallied a team-best four points on three goals and an assist. Sophomore AJ Sandorfi and junior James Ragland both added three points on two tallies and one helper apiece and four other Rams found the back of the net once each on the day.
Junior goalie Dan Wood suffered the loss after allowing 15 goals on 47 shots faced with 14 saves over the 60 minutes. Sophomore John McMahon won a team-best five face-offs (5-for-19) and was one of two Rams (senior Nick Capone the other) to record a team-leading six groundballs. Capone also caused a game-high two turnovers.
The Mariners are back in action on Wednesday night, April 11, when they travel to former Skyline rival Montclair State for a non-conference matchup with the Red Hawks. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at MSU's Sprague Field. Live stats and a live video feed of the game are available with links on the USMMA Men's Lacrosse Schedule Page.
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