The Unites States Merchant Marine Academy's lacrosse team (3-4) lost last night to the Colonials of Western Connecticut State (4-2) by a score of 12-6 at Brooks Stadium in Kings Point, New York.
The Mariners were led in scoring by freshmen attacker Jeff Harty who netted two goals and added an assist; adding to his team leading total of 24 points on the season. Junior midfielder Delaney Oksman also added two goals bringing his season point total to 13. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Peyreigne took the loss, playing the first half and giving up five goals on 10 shots.
Sophomore attacker Ryan Foster led the way for Western Connecticut with four goals and two assists. Senior attacker Ryan Gillis added three goals and an assist to help power the Colonials to victory. Senior goalkeeper Tyler Martone got the win in net stopping 14 of the 19 shots he faced.
The first period was tightly contested with both teams controlling possession evenly. It wasn't until the 5:44 mark when Gillis broke the scoreless tie for the Colonials whipping a shot past Peyreigne on an extra man opportunity. Western Connecticut added a second goal in the final minutes of the period when Foster picked up a loose ball rebound following a Peyreigne save and fired it into the back of the net.
Kings Point got on the board for the first time at the 5:40 mark of the second period when Oksman received a setup pass from sophomore midfielder Andrew Kratch and sent a shot past Martone to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Colonials responded quickly, scoring two goals in an 83 second span to take a 5-1 lead heading into the break.
USMMA came out hungry in the second half, firing 12 shots at the Colonials in the third quarter, surpassing their total from the entire first half. Martone was able to stop five of the six shots on goal while Western Connecticut's offense scored four at the other end to take a 9-2 advantage after three quarters.
The Mariners would go on a run in the fourth quarter scoring four of the next five goals, making the score 10-6 with 6:17 left to play. It would end up being just a little too late for Kings Point as their aggressive play lead to costly penalties. The Colonials capitalized by scoring a man-up goal with 2:34 remaining and adding another with :24 left on the clock to end the game with a final score of 12-6.
The Mariners will be at home again Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 PM as they take on Susquehanna University (4-4, 0-1) in a Landmark Conference matchup.