USMMA Picks up Conference Win by Downing Moravian

KINGS POINT, N.Y. On Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team racked up an important conference victory as it defeated Moravian College, 15-7, at Brooks Stadium in Kings Point, N.Y.

Senior attack Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) led the way with four goals and two assists for a game-high six points. With the win, the Mariners improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in league play. Following the loss, the Greyhounds fell to 1-11 on the year and 0-4 in the Landmark Conference.

Moravian jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game. USMMA tied the score when Flannery scored two goals over a 20-second span. Kings Point closed out the first quarter with two more markers, one from freshman attack Phil Walker (Falmouth, Mass.) and another from Flannery to give the Mariners a 4-2 advantage.

After a tally apiece by sophomore attack Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.), freshman midfielder Joe Purcell (Mineola, N.Y.) netted his second goal of the season with 8:59 remaining in the first half to give USMMA a 7-2 lead. The two teams traded a marker apiece and headed into halftime with the Mariners ahead, 8-3.

Coming out of the intermission, Kings Point reeled off five unanswered goals, two of which came off Jerlow's stick. USMMA led 13-3 with 5:53 left in the third quarter. Each team added a few more tallies and the Merchant Marine Academy eventually locked down the 15-7 triumph.

For the Mariners, junior attackman Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) and Zakow both scored two goals and had an assist. Jerlow finished with three markers, while sophomore midfielder Tyler Spaulding (Hollywood, Md.) recorded one goal and one assist. In the cage, senior goalkeeper Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) saw his record improve to 6-5 with the win. The Wilbraham native stopped five shots and scooped up a ground ball.

For the Greyhounds, junior attack Sean McInerney (Freehold, N.J.) scored four times, while fellow junior attack Christopher Mohapp (Jamison, Pa.) dished out two assists. In goal, junior netminder Benjamin Leavy (Moorestown, N.J.) received the loss and recorded a game-high 19 saves.

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Madison, N.J. to battle Landmark Conference-foe Drew University. The opening faceoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.


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