Gray's Four Goals Guide USMMA Past Manhattanville

KINGS POINT, N.Y. On Thursday evening, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team defeated Manhattanville College, 12-4, at Brooks Stadium in Kings Point, N.Y. Junior attack Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) helped lead his team to victory as he recorded a game-high four goals and two assists. With the win, the Mariners improved to 3-1 on the season. Following the loss, the Valiants fells to 1-2 overall.

Kings Point grabbed hold off this game early and never let go. Spanning the start of the contest until 3:14 left in the second quarter, the Merchant Marine Academy reeled off eight unanswered goals. The Mariners took advantage of early penalties committed by the Valiants, as three of their eight goals came as man-up markers. A couple of local products were responsible for more than half of the scoring in the first two quarters, as senior attacker Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) netted three goals in the run, while sophomore attack Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) scored twice.

Manhattanville senior attack Joey Hasbrouck (Wantagh, N.Y.) put his team on the scoreboard with 1:33 remaining in the second quarter. The two squads headed into halftime with the Mariners ahead, 8-1.

Returning from the ten-minute intermission, Gray and sophomore midfielder Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.) each fired one between the pipes to tack on two more goals in USMMA's favor. With 7:31 left in the third quarter, the Valiants scored three straight goals. Two of them came off the stick of sophomore midfielder Joe Daly (Mahopac, N.Y.). With 11:50 remaining in regulation, Kings Point held a 10-4 advantage. Gray then added two more tallies to seal the victory.

For the Mariners, Gray finished with a game-high six points, while Flannery (3 G, 1 A) and Zakow (2 G, 2 A) had four each. Freshman midfielder Joe Purcell (Mineola, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal in the triumph. On defense, freshman Samuel Heard (Boca Raton, Fla.) scooped up a game-high six ground balls. In net, senior goalie Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) recorded seven saves and earned the win. For the Valiants, Daly recorded a team-high two points. In the cage, senior netminder Andrew Predun (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) stopped a game-high 20 shots.

Kings Point outshot the Valiants by an incredible 54-20 margin. The Mariners took advantage of its nine extra-man opportunities by scoring five goals in those occasions.

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to the field on Saturday when they take on Denison University at Lawrenceville Prep Academy in Princeton, N.J. The opening faceoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.


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