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Mariners get some praise from Secretary of Tranportation LaHood

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood praised the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy athletic achievements including soccer, cross country and football, in his blog, Fast Lane on Tuesday.

LaHood and Maritime Administrator David Matsuda watched the third-seeded Mariners defeat Catholic University, 1-0, in the Landmark Conference championship game in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 5.

"With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's only natural for DOT to take stock of some of the things we're grateful for this year. At the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in King's Point, NY, men's soccer coach Michael Smolens is thankful for the fantastic season his team had this year.

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