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September 21, 2011

Mariners' late rally falls short in 3-2 loss to NYU

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – A furious, 11th-hour rally fell short for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, which absorbed a 3-2 non-conference loss to New York University at Tomb Field on Wednesday night.

The defeat snapped a three-game winning streak for the Mariners (5-2), while the Violets improved to 3-3-1.

All the scoring was done in a wild second half as NYU grabbed a 3-0 advantage before the hosts found the back of the net behind Josh Reicks (Katy, Texas) and Andrew MacKenzie (San Diego, Calif.) in the final eight minutes.

"We're disappointed with the loss, but we're pleased with the way they reacted the way they did when they fell behind," Kings Points head coach Mike Smolens said. "It would have been easy for us to cave down 3-0, but we pulled back and goal and another.

"They're a quality side and those are games we want to be in."

Joseph Lee connected from point-blank range against goalkeeper Gary Poulin (Hauppauge, N.Y.) at 49:08 to lift NYU into a 1-0 lead.

The visitors doubled it as Kyle Green scored the goal of the night on a long-range blast from the right side that found the upper left corner of the net at 53:59.

Ryan Horch made it a three-goal margin as he fired a shot from about 25 yards on the left side at 78:10.

"Two of them were crackers," Smolens said of the long-range NYU rockets. "They were world-class goals."

Several minutes later the Mariners got one back on Reicks' second goal of the season off a Sam Reed (Johnston, Iowa) assist past goalkeeper Jonah Poster at 82:03.

MacKenzie struck for his team-best third goal at 87:23, slotting home a feed from defender Hollis Irvine (Greenwich, N.J.)  on a play that was started by Reicks' throw-in.

Poster finished with five saves, while Poulin had four.

The Mariners will host Juniata in a Landmark Conference match at noon on Saturday.

Photo: Senior defender Josh Reicks scored a goal and set up another up.