Merchant Marine Downs WCSU 13-6

Freshman Attacker - John Atkinson
Freshman Attacker - John Atkinson

Kings Point, NY – The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (4-2, 1-0 LC) upended the Colonials of Western Connecticut State University (4-3, 0-0 LEC) by a score of 13-6 Wednesday night in Kings Point, NY.

The contest which was originally scheduled to be played in Danbury, CT, had to be moved to Kings Point due to adverse field conditions caused be inclement weather on the WCSU campus.  Taking advantage of their home-field surroundings, USMMA was able to avenge a 12-6 defeat at the hands of the Colonials last season to pick up their fourth win of the year; matching their victory total from a season ago. 

Freshman attacker John Atkinson (Garden City, NY) led the Mariners in points, netting one goal and five assists while sophomore attacker Geoff Harty (Chicago, IL) tallied four goals to add to his team leading total of 18. 

Sophomore net minder Alex Peyreigne (Weston, CT) was sharp in goal, stopping 12 of the 14 shots on goal he faced to up his Landmark Conference leading save percentage to 66.9%. 

WCSU received a pair of tallies from junior attacker Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT), freshman attacker Nate Wilson (Norwhich, CT), and freshman midfielder John Foristall (Danbury, CT), as well as two assists from sophomore attacker Anthony Najame (Danbury, CT).

Merchant Marine opened the scoring in the early minutes on a goal from senior attacker Michael Ackerman (Malvern, PA) off of a feed from sophomore midfielder Ray Waters (Sayville, NY). 

The Colonials quickly responded when Foristall capitalized on WCSU's first man-up opportunity of the game to knot the contest at one.  Still down a man on the non-releasable penalty, Mariners senior midfielder Joseph Purcell (Mineola, NY) found the back of the net to give USMMA the lead right back.     

Purcell's goal sparked a run of seven straight for Merchant Marine, as the Mariners held Western Connecticut in check and off the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half.

Even Peyreigne dented the score sheet with an assist from the goalie crease as he fired a 70-yard pass downfield to Harty, who ripped one by the Colonial keeper for the score.

WCSU netted a pair of scores in the third frame, taking advantage of a two minute penalty to Peyreigne as the Mariner keeper was forced to watch from the sidelines. 

The Mariners entered the fourth quarter holding a 10-3 advantage.  USMMA's final tally may have been their prettiest of the game as freshman midfielder Eric Kennedy (Massapequa, NY) found Harty with a pinpoint tic-tac pass in front of the net for the score.

Wilson tacked on two late goals for the Colonials, ending the game with a 13-6 conclusion.

The Mariners will head to Susquehanna University (6-3, 1-0 LC) this Saturday, March 23 for their second Landmark Conference matchup of the season.  Opening faceoff is set for 2:00 PM.