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Mariners tie Scranton on the road, 1-1

Mariners tie Scranton on the road, 1-1

SCRANTON, Pa. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy surrendered a goal in the 78th minute and settled for a 1-1 Landmark Conference tie with the University of Scranton on Saturday afternoon.

The teams battled through a pair of 10-minute overtime periods, the third time in five years a Kings Point-Scranton match ended in a draw.

"It was an up and down game, with our team playing well and certain points and then having our backs against the wall at others," Kings Point coach Mike Smolens said. "Although we're disappointed with the consistency of our play, we are pleased to take a point from the contest."

Defender Hollis Irvine converted a 30-yard free kick in the fourth minute to give the Mariners (6-3-1, 2-0-1) the lead.

Kings Point played well in the opening half.

The Mariners held the one-goal edge for most of the game, thanks to the stellar goalkeeping of Gary Poulin, who was credited with nine saves.

Scranton equalized in the 78th minute, when freshman defender Mark Stellwan picked up a loose ball and fired home a 35-yard shot.

The hosts enjoyed a 26-8 shot advantage and had more shots on goal than Kings Point, 12-4.

The Mariners return home for the start of a five-game homestand with two games next week. They host William Paterson at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday and then Catholic University at noon on Saturday.