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Some junior achievements for Mariners in 4-1 win

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – It was Senior Night for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, but three juniors put their best feet forward for the Mariners on Saturday night.

Junior midfielder Ryan Silveira struck twice within a 6:31 span in the first half, including the go-ahead goal, to spark Kings Point to a 4-1 Landmark Conference victory over Moravian College at Tomb Field.

Junior defender Kurt Olsen and junior forward Cody Kessler also found the back of the net for the Mariners (8-5-1), who broke a two-game losing streak. John Pavia tallied for the Greyhounds (3-11-0).

Honoring our seniors and having Homecoming as well, it was an exciting occasion," Merchant Marine head coach Mike Smolens said. "We dominated play. We would have liked to have scored more goals, but we are pleased with the result."

And with the goals as well.

Silveira lifted the hosts into the lead at 31:57 as his fired home a long-range shot past goalkeeper Mike Brand.

Less than two minutes later John Pavia equalized after a superb run down the right side before he powered one in past keeper Gary Poulin.

After that game, it was all Mariners, as they struck for three unanswered goals.

First, Silveira lobbed Brand from 35 yards to give Kings Point a 2-1 lead it would never relinquish at 38:28.

Olsen gave the Mariners some breaking room with the second half barely two minutes old. Freshman midfielder Kyle Arestivo started the scoring sequence with a corner kick that senior midfielder Michael Dunn flicked on to Olsen, who scored at 46:45.

Dunn and senior defender Josh Reicks played roles in setting up Kessler's goal at 81:43 to close out the scoring.

Brand made nine saves as the Mariners outshot the Greyhounds, 22-9.

Prior to the match, the Academy honored six seniors who made an impact during their careers at the school, which included two NCAA Division III appearances and an Elite Eight encounter. Those seniors were defenders Hollis Irvine, Josh Reicks and David Pfeil, midfielders Casey Desiderio and Dunn and forward Andrew MacKenzie.

The Mariners will host Drew University in their home regular-season finale at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday before visiting Susquehanna next Saturday at noon.

"It's going to be one of our toughest games," Smolens said. "Drew's always an excellent team and is always a big challenge for us. I know it's going to be an excellent game."

Photo: Ryan Silveira struck for two quick first-half goals to pace the Mariners over Moravian College, 4-1.