Mariners Drop 11-6 Decision at Guilford

Freshman Attacker - John Atkinson - #10
Freshman Attacker - John Atkinson - #10

Greensboro, NC – The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (1-2) were defeated by the Guilford College Quakers (3-2) by a score of 11-6 Saturday afternoon in Greensboro, NC.

Freshman attacker John Atkinson (Garden City, NY) led Merchant Marine in scoring with a goal and two assists in the contest; recording his first career points as a Mariner.

USMMA struck first as sophomore midfielder Troy Smith (Deer Park, TX) opened the scoring just over four minutes into the contest.  The Kings Point lead was short-lived as Guilford quickly knotted the game at one at the 9:45 mark of the first quarter.

The Quaker goal would spark a streak of five in a row for Guilford until Mariner sophomore attacker Geoff Harty (Chicago, IL) fired a shot past the Guilford keeper with 4:40 left to play in the second quarter.  The tally came while a man up to bring Merchant Marine within three with just under five minutes left to play in the half.

A late Guilford goal with 23 second remaining gave the Quakers a 6-2 advantage heading into the break.

Once again, Merchant Marine would start the half strong as junior midfielder Phil Walker (East Falmouth, MA) opened the scoring.   However, Guilford followed suit with a streak of three of their own to put the Quakers up 8-3 around the 10-minute mark of the third quarter.

The Mariners would trade goals with Guilford for the remainder of the contest as the Quakers rode their early lead to victory.

Harty added to his team leading point total, scoring two goals and tallying a total of nine points on the season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Peyreigne (Weston, CT) stopped 11 of the 22 shots on net dropping to 1-2 on the year.

The Mariners were unable to come away with the victory despite dominating the faceoff circle 14-6.  Freshman midfielder Chris Whitenack (East Meadow, NY) took all 20 draws for Kings Point, picking up a team-high four groundballs. 

Merchant Marine will return to action Wednesday, March 13 when they travel to Throgs Neck, NY to take on rival Maritime College at 7:00 PM.