KINGS POINT, N.Y. – Six key members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy's soccer team will be honored on Senior Day, prior to the Mariners' Landmark Conference match against Moravian College on Tomb Field on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The seniors who will be recognized and honored are defenders Hollis Irvine (Greenwich, N.J.), Josh Reicks (Katy, Texas) and David Pfeil (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), midfielders Casey Desiderio (Media, Pa.) and Michael Dunn (Washington Township, N.J.) and forward Andrew MacKenzie (San Diego, Calif).
"The soccer class of 2012 has been very successful athletic classes in school history," head soccer coach Mike Smolens said. "Since 2008, the Mariner soccer team has compiled a record of 46-21-6, received two NCAA Division III tournament bids, including advancing to the 'Elite 8' in 2010 , as well as going undefeated against their rivals from Coast Guard.
"Our six seniors have added a great deal to the program in their years at the Academy. The coaches are very proud of all they have accomplished here, and are confident they will continue to succeed after they leave Kings Point."
Moravian enters the match as the eighth and last-place team in the conference at 0-3-0. The Greyhounds are 3-10-0 overall. They broke a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 win at Keystone College on Wednesday. Sophomore midfielder Eric Paone leads the way with five goals and one assist, while junior midfielder John Pavia has three goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Mike Brand has a 2.87 goals-against average and a 2-10-0 record.
The Mariners (7-5-1, 2-1-1) are coming off a 2-1 loss to non-conference foe Stevens Tech, ranked 15th in the nation by D3Soccer.com. MacKenzie leads the team with five goals, while Irvine has four.
The Mariners will close out their regular season by hosing Drew University (11-2-0, 2-1-0) at Tomb Field on Wednesday and visiting Susquehanna University (5-6-1, 1-2-0) on Saturday, Oct. 22.
A sizeable crowd is expected at Tomb Field for Homecoming for coach Mike Toop's troops. Coming off a 34-27 victory at Worcester Polytechnic Institute last Saturday, the Mariners will gun for their second consecutive win against the University of Rochester (1-3) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Junior quarterback Alex Coviello (Cape Coral, Fla.), who rushed for a career-best 243 yards and two touchdowns in the win at WPI, will start again for the Mariners. The Liberty League offensive player of the week, Coviello also threw for a TD.
If you can't attend the game, you can listen to play-by-play man Seth Cantor and color analyst Jaden Daly. The pre-game show is set for 1:30 p.m., followed by the opening kickoff at 2 p.m.
To listen to the game, visit: http://kpmariners.blogspot.com/
After a nine-day break from competition, the volleyball team travels to Washington, D.C. for a Landmark Conference tri-match this weekend. On Saturday, the Mariners will meet Juniata College at 3:30 p.m. and Goucher College at 6 p.m. On Sunday, they take on Moravian College at 11 a.m.
Kings Point's most recent match ended on a winning note as it downed John Jay College on the road on Oct. 6.
The men's and women's cross country team have off until next Saturday, Oct. 22, when they compete in a meet at Sunken Meadow State Park.
Photo: The Mariners' six seniors and the Kings Point soccer coaching staff.