Recap written by John Kelly Jr.
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 6, 2019) – USMMA junior Nick Roros (Northport, N.Y.) became the second Mariner this week to reach the 100 career point milestone, as he picked up two goals to help lead the Mariners to a 14-6 home Skyline win over St. Joseph's Long Island on Saturday afternoon. Merchant Marine improves to 7-3 (2-0 Skyline) with the victory, while the Golden Eagles fall to 3-7 (0-2 Skyline) in defeat.
Five other Mariners had multi-point afternoons, with senior Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.) leading all players with a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists, while classmate Michael Rodriguez (Coronado, Calif.) found the back of the net four times.
Juniors Liam Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) and Mike Morsberger (Catonsville, Md.) both had three-point games, as Connors buried two goals and added a helper, while Morsberger had two assists and one tally. Junior John Maudsley (Wilton, Conn.) registered three points on a goal and two assists and sophomore Tristan Kelehan (Elkridge, Md.) scored once.
In the faceoff-X, senior Charley Hughes (Baltimore, Md.) won 17-of-22 faceoffs and scooped up a team-high six groundballs. Roros also added five GBs in his memorable day. Defensively, freshman Jason Aiello (Northport, N.Y.) forced a team-high four turnovers, while junior Adam Behrndt (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Morsberger jarred out two apiece.
In goal, sophomore Brendan Kane (Lewes, Del.) earned the victory with 10 stops over the full 60 minutes.
After Kelehan opened the scoring for the Mariners, the Eagles evened it up 1-1 at 5:31 of the opening quarter. USMMA went back in front at the 4:37 mark and carried that 2-1 lead into the second quarter.
Merchant Marine scored three unanswered goals to begin the second and traded the next four to take a 7-3 advantage into the halftime break.
The second half was more of the same with USMMA scoring four the first six goals in the third and two of the three in the fourth for the final 14-6 result.
Junior Chris Nielson posted a team-best three points, as Nielson had two assists and a goal. Sophomore Mike McCarthy netted two goals in the game. Freshman Andrew Brust suffered the loss between the pipes, as he made 10 saves in 45 minutes. Classmate Kyle Linsalta relieved him and stopped eight shots over final 15 minutes.
Up next, the Mariners will compete in the Hagedorn Cup this Wednesday night, April 10, up at Skyline-rival SUNY Maritime. Action is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. at the Privateers' Reinhart Field. Any live coverage of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Men's Lacrosse Schedule Page.
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