KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 23, 2019) – USMMA senior Jack Renard (San San Clemente, Calif.) became just the 11th Mariner in program history to reach the 200-point plateau, as he came into the day needing four points and picked up two goals and two assists in the Mariners' heartbreaking 12-11 home loss to Coast Guard in an exciting game on Saturday afternoon. The defeat drops the Mariners' record to 4-3, while the Bears improve to 5-2.
Coast Guard scored five goals in the opening quarter and led 5-0 at the end of one. The Mariners responded with three-straight over the first 11-plus minutes of the second quarter before the Bears closed out the scoring in the half with just 15 seconds left to take a 6-3 lead into the break.
The two teams traded the next four goals, with Merchant Marine scoring first and Coast Guard answering, until about midway through the third when the Mariners started getting some momentum. They finished the quarter with back-to-back tallies and then tied it up with the first goal of the fourth.
The Bears scored two quick ones halfway through the quarter, but USMMA got them back and tied it up at 10-10 at 3:11 on Renard's second goal of the day, which was his 200th point.
After Coast Guard scored with just 1:51 to play, the Mariners won the ensuing faceoff and junior Nick Roros (Northport, N.Y.) found the back of the net off a feed from behind by classmate Mike Morsberger (Catonsville, Md.) to knot it up at 11-11 with 39 second left. The Mariners won the next faceoff and the Bears forced a turnover, but the Merchant Marine defense didn't even allow a shot and regulation ended.
In overtime, Coast Guard won the opening faceoff, but Morsberger picked off a pass and the Mariners had possession for a good chunk of the four-minute sudden-victory period. They fired off two shots, both by junior Liam Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) but the first went high and the second wide before they got called for a shot-clock violation.
The Bears marched up the field with about a minute to play and also got off two shots, the first sailed wide, but the second found twine for the game-winner with 11 seconds left.
Renard and Roros both had four-point games, as Roros found the back of the net four times, while Connors produced three assists and Morsberger recorded one tally and two helpers. Junior John Maudsley (Wilton, Conn.) had a two-goal game and seniors Michael Rodriguez (Coronado, Calif.) and Matt Kane (Lewes, Del.) both scored once.
In goal, sophomore Brendan Kane (Lewes, Del.) made some key saves in big moments, as he ended the day with nine stops in almost 50 minutes of action. Junior Zac Tilley (Carolina Beach, N.C.) started and played the first quarter, making two saves in 15 minutes.
In the faceoff-X, junior Kyle Buser (Babylon, N.Y.) won 13 faceoffs and he also tied for the game-high with nine groundballs. Rodriguez scooped up four GBs, while Roros, Renard and freshman defender Jason Aiello (Northport, N.Y.) had three each. Aiello also led all players in the game with three caused-turnovers and Morsberger caused two Bear turnovers.
For Coast Guard, junior Riley McNulty had a team-high four goals, while senior Anthony Wyler scored three times, including the game-winner in overtime. Sophomores Matty Johnson and Conor Rowan both added two goals apiece. Freshman Logan Tobias won seven faceoffs on the day. Defensively, junior Justin Edwards caused a team-best two turnovers and tied for the game-high with nine groundballs. Senior goalie Trey Johnson added six GBs and also made 12 saves to record the victory between the pipes.
The Mariners' next game is Saturday, March 30, at home against UMass-Boston beginning at 12-noon at Brooks Stadium. Live stats and a live video feed of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Men's Lacrosse Schedule Page.
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