Merchant Marine Drops Decision to Skidmore

KINGS POINT, N.Y. On Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team stumbled against Skidmore College, 13-6, at Brooks Stadium in Kings Point, N.Y. The Mariners' four goals scored in the final quarter of regulation were not enough to overcome the deficit. With the victory, Skidmore improved to 4-1 on the season. Following the defeat, USMMA fell to 4-2 overall.

The first quarter of action was all Skidmore as three different Thoroughbreds netted goals. The second quarter was more of the same with four additional markers for the guests. However, Kings Point jumped on the scoreboard with 13:34 left in the first half when freshman midfielder Sean Sheehy (Annapolis, Md.) fired one past Skidmore senior netminder Flip Bongaerts (New Canaan, Conn.) to cut the deficit to 7-1.

The third quarter was the quietest of the four. Kings Point senior attack Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) kicked off the scoring with a man-up tally recorded at 12:24. Junior attackman Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) was credited with the assist. Skidmore answered back with two goals to close out the third quarter with a 9-2 advantage.

The Mariners made it interesting in the final quarter though. Flannery and Gray shot one between the pipes at 12:16 and 10:46, respectively, to trim Skidmore's edge to 9-4. Two minutes later, however, Skidmore answered right back and netted two consecutive markers.

With 7:08 remaining in regulation, Gray scored his second goal of the game. Freshman attack Phil Walker (Falmouth, Mass.) was credited with the assist. Following that, two Thoroughbred players found the back of the netting to turn the score to 13-5. Gray recorded the contest's last tally at 3:12 remaining.

For the Mariners, Gray finished with three goals and one assist (four points), while Flannery racked up three points (2 G, 1 A). Sophomore midfielder Tyler Spaulding (Hollywood, Md.) dished out an assist.

In the cage, senior goalie Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) stopped a game-high eight shots and received the loss. For the Thoroughbreds, five different players scored two goals each. Sophomore midfielder Ryan Paradis (Brookside, N.J.) scooped up a game-high four ground balls. Between the pipes, Bongaerts recorded three saves and earned the win.

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to the field on Wednesday when they travel to Middletown, Conn. to take on Wesleyan University. The opening faceoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.


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