Maritime Falls to Ithaca College in Non-League Match

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. (March 27, 2010) The Maritime men's lacrosse team lost to Ithaca College, 15-5, Saturday afternoon at Reinhart Field in its final tune-up before Skyline Conference action begins next week. The Privateers fall to 2-5 overall with the loss, while the Bombers improve to 2-5.

Maritime had five different goal-scorers on the day and stayed close in the game for three of the four quarters. Faceoffs were key, however, as Ithaca won 20 of 24 in the X due in large part to freshman faceoff-specialist Ryan Honey (Bayport, N.Y.) going down with an injury in the opening minutes of play. The Privateers were trailing only 4-3 with less than three minutes to play in the third quarter, but the Bombers exploded with three-straight to end the period and eight goals in the final stanza to capture the victory.

Junior Ryan Korb (Islip, N.Y.) scored the first goal for Maritime to even the score up at 1-1 with 4:07 left in the first quarter. Ithaca responded under two minutes later and took the 2-1 lead into the second quarter before freshman Matthew Messina (West Sayville, N.Y.) knotted it up at 2 at 12:13. The Bombers added two more goals before the end of the half and took a 4-2 lead into the locker room.

Freshman Anthony Mendez (Staten Island, N.Y.) cut the deficit to 4-3 with the first goal of the second half with 9:17 to play in the third. However, Ithaca would score 10 of the next 12 goals with Maritime's tallies coming from the sticks of junior Michael Hanratty (Floral Park, N.Y.) and senior Stephen Doherty (Yorktown, N.Y.). Hanratty also recorded an assist in the loss.

In net, senior Colin Gallagher (Minneapolis, Minn.) made 16 saves and kept the Privateers in the game throughout. He and sophomore Stephen Tonn (Wantagh, N.Y.) each recorded a team-high three ground balls.

The Bombers were led by sophomores Tom Mongelli (three goals) and Andrew Bruce (two goals and one assist) who each had a game-high three points. Junior David Gal was strong in net, turning aside seven Privateer shots for the win.

The Maritime men's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday, March 31, when the squad plays host to Skyline-foe Farmingdale State in its conference opener. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Reinhart Field.


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