Merchant Marine Sunk by No. 8 Connecticut College

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – Despite a hat trick from sophomore midfielder Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.), the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team fell to No. 8 Connecticut College, 11-5, at Brooks Stadium in Kings Point, N.Y. on Tuesday evening. With the victory, the Camels improved to 11-0 overall. Following the loss, the Mariners dropped to 5-5 on the season.

Connecticut went on a 3-0 run to start the game. Kings Point cut the deficit by one when Jerlow scored his first marker of the game. The goal came with 6:09 remaining in the first quarter. Senior attacker Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) was credited with the assist.

The Camels tacked on two more goals before Jerlow found the back of the net for the second time. Once again, Flannery fed him a pass that the Parker native proceeded to fire past Connecticut sophomore goalkeeper Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) to cut the Camels' advantage to 5-2.

A pair of Connecticut goals and then a pair of Kings Point markers turned the score to 7-4 as the two squads headed into halftime. Both of USMMA's tallies were scored by junior attack Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.). Freshman midfielder Delaney Oksman (Portsmouth, Va.) had the first assist, while Flannery dished out the second.

Coming out of the intermission, the visitors fired four shots between the pipes over the span of the third quarter to grab an 11-4 lead. Jerlow's third and final goal of the contest, scored at 3:52 left in regulation and yet again assisted by Flannery, made the score 11-5, which ultimately was the final.

For the Mariners, Flannery's four assists gave him a game-high four points. In the cage, senior netminder Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) stopped eight shots, but received the loss (5-5). For the Camels, senior attackman Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) netted a team-best three goals, while rookie midfielder Stephen Eicher (Northport, N.Y.) contributed a pair of his own. In goal, Moccia recorded a game-high 17 saves and earned the win.

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to action on Saturday when they host Landmark Conference-nemesis Moravian College at Brooks Stadium. The opening faceoff is set for 6:00 p.m.

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KINGS POINT, N.Y.--The Connecticut College Menīs Lacrosse Team improved its record to 11-0 with an 11-5 victory against the United States Merchant Marine Academy (5-5) in a non-conference game played under the lights in Kingīs Point, N.Y Tuesday.

The Camels started fast, sputtered for a bit, but out-scored the Mariners 4-to-0 in a dominating third quarter of action to pull away from the hosts. Connecticut College Head Coach Dave Cornell was pleased with his teamīs effort and commitment to make the necessary halftime adjustments to close out an important road win.

"We played pretty well in the first quarter but I thought we settled for some shots in the second quarter," Cornell said. "Kingīs Point did a great job and took full advantage of its opportunities. But in the third, we came out strong and took care of business. We just did a nice job solving their zone."

The Connecticut College zone defense did its job again. The visitors induced many outside shots from the Mariners, USMMA registered 23 of its 38 shots in the second half. But they were forced to take many lower percentage attempts against a complicated defensive alignment.

Senior Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) scored two of his three goals in the third quarter. With the hat-trick, Dachille vaulted his way into third place on the Connecticut College all-time goal scoring list with 115 career markers.

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2010-04-14



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