USMMA Holds off Late Rally to Beat Drew 13-11 on Senior Day

Senior Attacker - Joe Purcell - #41
Senior Attacker - Joe Purcell - #41

Kings Point, NY – Eight different members of the United States Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team tallied scores as the Mariners (7-6, 2-2 LC) upended the Rangers of Drew University (2-8, 1-4 LC) 13-11 Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium.

Merchant Marine played in front of one of the largest crowds this season at Kings Point as USMMA honored their seven seniors prior to the contest.

The win keeps the Mariners in the fourth and final Landmark Conference playoff spot for one more week as the loss eliminates Drew from playoff contention. 

Merchant Marine jumped all over the Rangers early, scoring 10 of the game's first 13 goals, however, a late man-up goal by Drew in the waning seconds of the first half, set the tone as the Rangers dominated the second half.

Despite giving up eight of the contest's final 11 scores, the Mariners were able to hang on for the victory.

Sophomore midfielder Kyle Sammis (Dix Hills, NY) started the scoring at the 12:42 mark of the first quarter; giving Merchant Marine a lead which was quickly negated by Drew's Steve Gentile.

The Mariners would explode for five goals over three minutes of game time, capped by a tally from senior attacker Michael Ackerman; as they would take an eventual 6-2 lead into the second quarter.

USMMA gave up the first and last goals of the second quarter, sandwiching four of their own in between giving the Rangers a 10-4 deficit heading into the locker rooms.

Drew came out of the break firing, scoring the first three goals of the second half, before junior midfielder Phil Walker (East Falmouth, MA) stopped the run with a tally of his own.

Although the Rangers pulled within one, their smallest deficit since the game was 2-1, a pair of goals at the mid-way point of the fourth quarter from senior attacker Joseph Purcell (Mineola, NY) and sophomore attacker Geoff Harty (Chicago, IL) gave Merchant Marine some much needed breathing room.

Drew would notch one more before the game's final horn, but it was not enough to overcome the early Mariner surge.

Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Young (Springfield, VA) recorded his second career win in his second career start making 15 saves on the afternoon.

The duo of Walker and Purcell contributed three goals apiece, while Ackerman tallied a game-high six points by contributing two goals and four assists. 

With only two games remaining in the season, both on the road, the Mariners look to stake a claim to their first Landmark Conference playoff appearence since 2010 when they face Washington & Jefferson Sunday April 21.