Merchant Marine Drops Landmark Nail-Biter to Drew

MADISON, N.J. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team fell in Landmark Conference action against Drew University on Wednesday, 7-6, at Rangers Field in Madison, N.J. With the victory, the Rangers improved to 8-4 overall and 4-0 in the conference. Following the defeat, the Mariners dropped to 6-6 on the year and 2-2 in league play.

With one goal in the first quarter and another in the second, Drew accounted for all the scoring in the opening half and went into halftime with a 2-0 lead over Kings Point.

Coming out of the intermission, USMMA sophomore attack Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) halved the score with an unassisted, man-up marker at 13:03 left in the third.

The Rangers grabbed that goal right back about five and a half minutes later when junior attacker Ari Young (Sparta, N.J.) found the back of the net to give Drew a 3-1 lead. A minute and eight seconds after that, Kings Point junior attackman Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) cut the Rangers' deficit by a goal again with an unassisted tally. Drew led 3-2 heading into the final quarter.

From 13:27 to 5:41 remaining in regulation, the hosts put together a 4-1 run to increase their lead to 7-3. The Mariners reeled off three consecutive goals in the last minute and a half of the game. Senior attack Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) netted his second tally of the contest and then Gray scored his second goal with 16 seconds left. The match ended one goal short for USMMA when junior midfielder Philip Diamond (Lankspur, Colo.) scored his third marker of the season with two seconds remaining to cut Drew's led to 7-6.

For the Mariners, Flannery also dished out an assist in addition to his pair of goals. In the cage, senior goalkeeper Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) was strapped with the loss (6-6) as he recorded 13 saves. For the Rangers, senior midfielder Greg Reading (Pennington, N.J.) and senior attack Mike Sayers (Roseland, N.J.) recorded two goals each. In net, senior goalie Brad Mendelson (Owings Mills, Md.) picked up the win and stopped a game-high 15 shots.

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to action Saturday when they travel to Washington, D.C. to battle Landmark Conference-opponent Catholic University. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


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