BRONX, N.Y. (May 4, 2019) – The #2-seed USMMA men's lacrosse team fell to top-seeded SUNY Maritime, 16-13, in an exciting Skyline Championship Game on Saturday night at the Privateers' Reinhart Field. The Mariners end the season with an 11-5 record, while Maritime improves to 14-3 and will advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Junior Mike Morsberger (Catonsville, Md.) led all players in the game with six points on four goals and two assists, while senior Michael Rodriguez (Coronado, Calif.) scored four times. Classmate Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.) and junior Nick Roros (Northport, N.Y.) both had three points, as Renard found the back of the net twice and dished out one assist and Roros scored once and tallied two helpers. Senior Matt Kane (Lewes, Del.) rounded out the Mariner scorers with two goals.
Senior Charley Hughes (Baltimore, Md.) won 20-of-31 faceoffs in the X, while also scooping up a game-best 12 groundballs. In goal, junior Zac Tilley (Carolina Beach, N.C.) made six saves in the first half, suffering the loss, while sophomore Shannon Byrne II (Severna Park, Md.) had five stops in the second half.
Merchant Marine struck first, but SUNY Maritime tallied seven of the next eight goals to go up 7-2 by the end of the first quarter. After the Privateers scored the first goal of the second, the Mariners responded with four-straight, three by Morsberger and the other by Rodriguez, to pull within two, 8-6, with 2:32 left in the second. SUNY answered right back with a tally to end the scoring in the half and held a 9-6 lead into the halftime break.
The two teams traded the first four goals of the third quarter, but the Privateers strung three together to take a 13-8 advantage at 2:03. Back-to-back rips by Rodriguez found the twine to make it a three-goal game, but Maritime responded with a late goal with just three seconds left to go up 14-10 into the fourth quarter.
It was back-and-forth in the final stanza, as the Mariners struck first at 13:17, but the Privateers answered. USMMA scored again at 7:03 to make it 15-12, however SUNY made it a four-goal game again at 3:41. The final tally of the game came from the sick of Roros with just 28 seconds left, but the Privateers held on for their first Skyline Championship.
For Maritime, sophomores Mike Leake and Bryan Keegan both tallied five points with Leake scoring four times and adding an assist and Keegan finding the back of the net three times and dishing out two assists. Senior goalie Justin Weigold made 18 saves for the Privateers to earn the victory, as he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 Skyline Tournament.
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