USMMA Edged by Cougars in Low-Scoring Affair

Sophomore Midfielder - Ian Motley - #23
Sophomore Midfielder - Ian Motley - #23

Kings Point, NY – Sophomore midfielder Ian Motley's (Ossining, NY) first goal of the season wasn't enough to lift the United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners over the Cougars of Misericordia University, as they fell by a score of 7-3, Wednesday evening in Kings Point, NY.

Merchant Marine falls to 5-5 after droping their last two contests, while Misericordia snaps a four game losing skid to improve to 5-4.

It was the Cougars who struck first in the low-scoring contest, netting two goals in the first quarter; holding Kings Point off the scoreboard.

Motley responded for the Mariners scoring the only tally of the second quarter to bring the Merchant Marine deficit to within one heading into halftime.

USMMA once again allowed two consecutive Cougar goals to fall behind 4-1 before a quick response by Mariner junior midfielder Phil Walker made it a 4-2 contest heading into the final frame.

Despite committing less turnovers and outdueling Misericordia in the faceoff circle, USMMA was unable to pull out the victory, being outscored 3-1 in the final quarter to lose by a final tally of 7-3.

For Merchant Marine, sophomore goalkeeper Alex Peyreigne (Weston, CT) made 14 saves on 21 shots on goal.  Overall, Merchant Marine outshot the Cougars by a 38-27 margin but had a hard time hitting the net. 

Senior midfielder Sean Sheehy went 6-for-9 on face off attempts while picking up a game-high four ground balls.   

The Mariners will return to Conference play Saturday April 6 for a home match against Scranton at 1:00 PM.