PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (March 24, 2018) – The USMMA men's lacrosse team used a strong third quarter to overcome a deficit and went on to down Skyline Conference opponent St. Joseph's-L.I., 17-14, on Saturday afternoon at the Golden Eagles' Danzi Field. The Mariners remain undefeated and move to 6-0 (2-0 Skyline) with the win, while SJC falls to 2-3 (0-1 Skyline) after suffering the loss.
Freshman Kyle Buser (Babylon, N.Y.) had a big hand in the outcome, as he won all but two face-offs on the day – finishing the game 30-for-32 on draws and leading all players with 20 groundballs. Defensively, senior Max Maudsley (Wilton, Conn.) and sophomore Nick Vinberg (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) both tied for the game-high with two caused turnovers and sophomore Jake Erickson (Cicero, N.Y.) had one, as the trio was strong shutting down St. Joe's late offensive comeback push.
The three-headed monster at attack of seniors Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) and Pat Coll (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and junior Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.) led the way offensively yet again, combining for 18 points amongst the three of them. Treon tied for the game-high with seven points on five goals and two assists, while Coll scored six times and Renard added five points on two tallies and three helpers.
Sophomore Nick Roros (Northport, N.Y.) found the back of the net twice and two other Mariners had a goal each – senior Zachary Mullins (Houston, Texas) and junior Michael Rodriguez (Coronado, Calif.) – while Buser, senior Tucker Dodson (Charleston, S.C.) and junior Matt Kane (Lewes, Del.) added one assist apiece.
Freshman goalie Brendan Kane (Lewes, Del.) made six saves to earn the victory and contributed three groundballs. Mullins ranked second on the team with six GBs, while Kane and three others – Vinberg, Roros and Renard – all had three apiece towards the Mariners' 50 total groundballs.
The Golden Eagles scored the first two goals of the game in the opening seven minutes, but Merchant Marine responded with five straight in just over a five-minute span to go up 5-2 at 3:06 of the first. SJC scored the last two goals of the first and the horn sounded with the Mariners ahead 5-4.
St. Joe's had a strong second quarter, outscoring USMMA 4-2 in the frame to take an 8-7 advantage into the halftime break.
After the Golden Eagles opened the third with back-to-back tallies, the Mariners went on a game-changing tear – scoring seven consecutive goals to take a 14-10 lead into the early part of the final quarter. They built the advantage up to 17-11 with just 4:50 remaining. St. Joseph's would not go down quietly, as the hosts tallied three straight late in the quarter, but it was too late.
SJC was led by sophomore Zak Jones, who tied Treon for the game-high with seven points (six goals and one assist). Senior Casey Hickey added three points on two goals and one helper and sophomore Chris Nielsen (2G) and senior Matt Prokesch (1G, 1A) both contributed two points each.
In goal, sophomore Adam Sivon made 14 saves in the losing effort. Sophomore Declan Canevari won a team-best four face-offs and junior Christian Prate picked up eight groundballs to lead the Golden Eagles. Three players tied for the game-high with two caused turnovers each – Nielsen and seniors Tim Durkin and Tommy Johnson.
The Mariners return to action on Thursday night, March 29, when they take on Skyline rival SUNY Maritime in the annual Hagedorn Cup game beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game with play-by-play by John Kelly Jr. will be available with links on the USMMA Men's Lacrosse Schedule Page.
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