Coast Guard Sails by Bridgewater State

New London, Conn - The United States Coast Guard Academy men's lacrosse team earned a hard-fought 14-3 win over Bridgewater State College on a cold Wednesday night (March 31st) at Cadet Memorial Field.

In a strange coincidence, both teams are nicknamed the Bears, and both head coaches are active duty Coast Guardsmen. CGA Head Coach Brian Krautler is a Lieutenant Commander, stationed at the Coast Guard Academy in the Department of Humanities, while Bridgewater State University Head Coach Joe Supple is stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, where he serves as an Avionics Electrical Technician on HU-25 Falcon aircraft.

Coast Guard dominated the stat sheet, but it was their smothering defense, along with a career high 10 ground ball effort and "lights out" faceoff performance from sophomore midfielder Dan Symanski (Vienna, VA/Madison HS) that were the highlights of the evening.

Junior attackman Matt Chase (Baltimore, MD/Lochraven HS) got Coast Guard on the board first with two quick goals on a dodge and fire from the left wing and a great breakaway off the faceoff. Freshman attackman Austin English (Kent Island, MD/Kent Island) followed on a dodge from the right GLE to make it 3-0. Just before the quarter ended, Senior attackman Roger Nayden (Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly) made a great individual effort on the ride, chasing down a BSU defender, picking his pocket and turning to fire a shot into the back of the net to close out the first quarter scoring.

Matt Chase opened the second quarter with a man down tally, followed by English's second goal of the game. English was on the receiving end of a great steal and fast break play from freshman defensemen Conor Breckenridge (Novato, CA/Novato) to make it 6-0. BSU got on the board after some nice ball movement and a catch and shoot finish. The next navy and orange goal will end up on the season highlight reel; Matt Chase streaked down the middle in transition and buried a behind the back shot in the back of the net.

Following a BSU penalty, Coast Guard's MAN-UP squad went to work. After a few quick passes, Matt Chase took a nice feed from Roger Nayden on the crease and put it away for his fifth goal of the evening. Proven goal scorer and junior defenseman Paul Junghans (Frederick, MD/The Heights) got in on the action four minutes later on an end-to-end run and nice five-hole bounce shot to wrap up the first half with Coast Guard leading 9-1.

Freshman midfielder Steven Danseglio (Islip Terrace, NY/East Islip) opened the second half scoring after Coast Guard ran a set-piece to perfection. Then BSU got on the board with back-to-back goals at 11:05 and 10:51 to make it 10-3. Danseglio added his second goal from his knees on the crease after a great feed from Roger Nayden to end the third quarter 11-3.

Coast Guard banged home three more goals in the fourth, including tallies from junior midfielder Kyle Ennis (Annapolis, MD/Dematha), Roger Nayden and Daniel Symansky.

Bridgewater State University's sophomore goalie and team captain, Greg Smith (Windham, CT/ Windham), had a phenomenal performance in the goal and finished with 24 saves - many spectacular.

With the 14-3 win, Coast Guard opened its PCLL schedule 2-0. With his ten ground ball performance, Daniel Symansky became the first player inducted into the Mike Fredie "Hard Hat" Union - an award started last year to honor those Bears willing to do the dirty work and earn ten ground balls in a game. The award is named after LCDR Mike Fredie, CGA '96, a standout long stick of the mid-90s who was a ground ball machine for the CGA Bears.

The Bears are home again at Cadet Memorial Field, taking on the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils on April 6 at 8:00 p.m.


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