Merchant Marine Tops Maritime for Hagedorn Cup

KINGS POINT, N.Y. On Wednesday evening, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team walked onto the field at Brooks Stadium donning green warm-up jerseys in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The Mariners were led by fellow midshipman Foster Hardt, who played homage to the Irish holiday by serenading the crowd with bagpipes. When all the festivities concluded, Kings Point squared off against the Privateers from across the pond for the right to take home the Hagedorn Cup.

Senior attack Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) helped that cause as he netted four goals and dished out three assists (a game-high seven points) to lead USMMA past SUNY Maritime, 13-10.

The contest was a back-and-forth battle between the two maritime squads as the first half saw five ties. With 4:04 remaining in the second quarter, sophomore attacker Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) fired one between the pipes to give USMMA (4-1) a 6-5 advantage. Less than a minute later, junior attackman Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) scored his second marker of the match, increasing the Mariners' lead to 7-5.

With 8:29 left in the third quarter, Maritime (1-4) senior midfielder Stephen Doherty (Yorktown, N.Y.) shot one past USMMA senior cageminder Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) to cut the guests' deficit to 10-8. That was the closest the Privateers would get at a comeback attempt as Kings Point sophomore midfielder Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.) and Flannery notched two consecutive goals to give the Mariners some breathing room.

The final quarter of play saw only two goals scored with the first coming with 3:51 remaining. Flannery recorded his fourth tally of the contest to increase USMMA's margin to 13-9. Two minutes and 46 seconds later, Maritime junior midfielder Ryan Korb (Islip, N.Y.) also netted his fourth goal of the game, but it was too late at that point as Kings Point held on for the 13-10 victory.

For USMMA, freshman midfielder Patrick McLaughlin (Inglewood, Calif.) scooped up a game-high six ground balls. Gray finished with five points (two goals, three assists), while Zakow recorded three points (2 G, 1 A). Jerlow scored two goals and fired out one assist. Sophomore midfielder Tyler Spaulding (Hollywood, Md.), junior midfielder Robert Atkinson (Fair Haven, N.J.) and rookie midfielder Sean Sheehy (Annapolis, Md.) notched a goal apiece. In addition, the Fair Haven native dished out an assist. Sheehy's goal was the first of his collegiate career. In net, Boyle earned the win and stopped six shots.

For Maritime, Doherty racked up three points (2 G, 1 A). On defense, sophomore Ryan Honey (Bayport, N.Y.) accumulated a team-high four ground balls. In goal, senior Colin Gallagher (Minneapolis, Minn.) recorded a game-high 13 saves, but was strapped with the loss.

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to action on Saturday when they host Skidmore College. The opening faceoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 17, 2010) The Maritime men's lacrosse team lost to its rival from across the Long Island Sound, Kings Point, 13-10, Wednesday night in Great Neck. With the loss, the Privateers fall to 1-4 overall, while the Mariners improved to 4-1.

Maritime held a 3-2 lead after the first period on goals by senior Stephen Doherty, junior Ryan Korb and freshman Matthew Messina. However, seven USMMA goals in the second period, including two man-up tallies, would put the Mariners up 9-6 for the half. The Privateers got second stanza goals from Korb, junior Seth Collins, and freshman Anthony Mendez.

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