KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 6, 2016) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team won its non-conference showdown with Cross-Sound rival SUNY Maritime College on Wednesday night at Brooks Stadium, 18-12, to capture its eighth-straight Hagedorn Cup.
The win improves the Mariners' record to 8-2 on the season – which already surpasses last season's win total and guarantees USMMA a winning regular season. The Privateers fall to 5-4 in defeat, as the Mariners tallied the highest goal total of any team against SUNY Maritime this season.
Merchant Marine's three-headed monster on attack led the way once again, as the trio of freshman Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.) and sophomores Pat Coll (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) combined for a total of 27 points on the night. Renard tallied a game-high 10 points on five goals and five assists, while Coll added nine points (eight goals and one assist) and Treon had eight points (two goals and six assists).
Sophomore Michael Rodriguez (Coronado, Calif.) found the back of the net twice, while senior Eric Kennedy (Massapequa, N.Y.) chipped in with his first goal of the season. In goal, senior Kevin Young (Springfield, Va.) earned his eighth win of the season as he stopped 12 Privateer shots on the night.
The Merchant Marine defense was led by senior Gus Sawicki (Louisville, Colo.) and sophomore Chris Giordano (Warwick, N.Y.), who both caused two turnovers apiece – as did Coll. Junior Chris Whitenack (East Meadow, N.Y.) was 12-for-22 from the faceoff-X and picked up a game-high eight groundballs. Sophomore Zachary Mullins (Houston, Texas) scooped up five GBs for the Mariners.
USMMA scored the first two goals of the game over the opening nine minutes, but Maritime made a late surge, scoring three of the final four goals of the first quarter in the final 3:21 of action to tie the score up 3-3 before the end of the first.
The first half was very sloppy, as the teams combined for 26 turnovers over the opening 30 minutes. The second quarter was back-and-forth, as the Mariners scored three straight in the opening nine minutes, but the Privateers responded with two to cut the lead to 6-5. Merchant Marine then tallied three straight yet again, including two with under a minute to play, but Maritime added one more before time expired and the teams went into the halftime break with USMMA ahead, 9-6.
The Mariner lead didn't fall below three goals the remainder of the night, as they worked it up to as many as five in the third, 11-6, at 10:52, and finished the third up 14-10. The Privateers scored the first goal of the fourth quarter, but Merchant Marine tallied four of the final five goals to wrap up the victory with their largest lead of the game.
SUNY Maritime was led by sophomore Julius Diaz, who scored four goals on the night. Sophomore Danahy and Nick Pellegrino both added a pair of goals for the Privateers. In goal, sophomore Brendan McNally suffered the loss despite making 13 saves.
The Mariners are back in action this Saturday, April 9, when they host the Drew University Rangers in a Landmark Conference contest beginning at 1 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game can be found by following those links.
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