KINGS POINT, N.Y. (May 2, 2018) – The #1 seed USMMA men's lacrosse team won a nail-biter against visiting #4 seed Farmingdale State, 13-12, in overtime in the Skyline Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday evening at Brooks Stadium. With the win, the Mariners advance to the Skyline Championship Game and improve their record to 12-2, while the Rams end the season 10-8.
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The game was so close that neither team held a lead of more than two goals throughout the entire night. The Mariners trailed 4-3 at the end of the first quarter, but fought back to take a 6-5 advantage into the halftime break. Both teams scored three times in the third quarter, so Merchant Marine led 9-8 with the final 15 minutes of regulation left to play.
In the fourth though, USMMA scored two of the first three goals to go up 11-9, however Farmingdale responded with three-straight to take their first lead since early in the second quarter – going ahead 12-11 with just 1:29 to play.
That's when junior Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.) found an open lane down the middle and blasted the game-tying goal with just 59 ticks left. The Rams won the ensuing face-off, but the Mariners were able to force a turnover and the fourth quarter ended.
The Mariners won the opening face-off of overtime and just under two minutes later senior Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) found classmate Tucker Dodson (Charleston, S.C.) in front of the net and Dodson buried the game-winner to send the Mariners' through to the finals.
Treon led all players in the game with seven points on three goals and four assists, while fellow senior Pat Coll (Clifton Park, N.Y.) added four points on three tallies and one helper. Dodson ended the night with three goals, including the game-winner.
Three other Mariners recorded two points on the night, all with one goal and one assist each – Renard and sophomores Nick Roros (Northport, N.Y.) and Liam Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.). Sophomore Mike Morsberger (Catonsville, Md.) found the back of the net and junior Michael Rodriguez (Coronado, Calif.) got on the scoresheet with an assist.
The Mariners won 15-of-28 face-offs on the day, with freshman Kyle Buser (Babylon, N.Y.) claiming 10-of-19, while tying for the game-high with six groundballs, and junior Charley Hughes (Baltimore, Md.) winning 5-of-9 with three GBs. Defensively, senior Chris Giordano (Warwick, N.Y.) and sophomore Nick Vinberg (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) both caused a team-best two turnovers each.
In goal, freshman Brendan Kane (Lewes, Del.) made five saves for the victory.
Farmingdale was led by five different players that scored three points apiece. Sophomore Dylan Fitzgerald and junior Conor McAvoy both had hat-tricks with three goals each, sophomore John McMahon and junior James Ragland both recorded two goals and an assist and junior Shane Clark added one tally and two helpers.
Sophomore Christian Stalter put up a fight in the face-off X, winning 13-of-22 draws with five groundballs. Senior defender Nick Capone caused a game-best three turnovers and tied for the game-high with six GBs. In goal, junior Dan Wood suffered the loss despite making 10 saves.
The 2018 Skyline Championship Game will be played between the #1 seed Mariners and the #3 seed Mount St. Mary this Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. There will be live stats and a live video feed of the championship game with links on the USMMA Men's Lacrosse Schedule Page.
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