Gray Helps Propel Merchant Marine Past Susquehanna

KINGS POINT, N.Y. Junior attack Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) netted a clutch six goals to help guide the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team to an 11-9 victory over Landmark Conference-opponent Susquehanna University at Brooks Stadium in Kings Point, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon. This win, coupled with the University of Scranton's 7-3 loss to Catholic University sends the Mariners into the Landmark Conference Championship Tournament as the No. 4 seed.

Kings Point (7-7, 3-3) opened up the contest with a 7-0 run. In that span, which lasted through 13:02 left in the second quarter, saw Gray score four times and sophomore midfielder Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.) record three markers. Senior attacker Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) was credited with four of the assists.

Down 7-0, the Crusaders (7-8, 2-4) reeled off eight unanswered goals. Sophomore attack Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) scored two of those markers for Susquehanna. The guests' run lasted from 12:16 left in the second quarter through 2:24 in the third. Susquehanna grabbed its first lead of the afternoon, 8-7.

Gray knotted the score at 8-all with 1:50 left in the third quarter with his fifth tally of the contest. About one minute later, Flannery gave Kings Point the lead with a man-up goal. Jerlow dished out the assist. Twenty-two seconds after Flannery's tie-breaking marker, Breakey fired his third ball between the pipes to tie the game at 9-all as the third quarter came to a close.

The Mariners sealed the crucial victory with two goals in the fourth quarter. Sophomore attackman Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) and Gray netted tallies in the ninth and eighth minutes, respectively.

For the Merchant Marine Academy, Gray finished with a game-high six points (six goals), as did Flannery (one goal, five assists). Jerlow racked up four points on three goals and one assist. In the cage, senior goalkeeper Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) earned the win (7-7) and recorded a contest-best 14 saves.

For Susquehanna, Breakey had a team-best three points (three goals). Freshman midfielder Marcus Cheatham (Reisterstown, Md.) recorded a goal and dished out an assist for the Crusaders. Between the pipes, rookie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa.) and sophomore Jordan Daney (Wynnewood, Pa.) split half the game apiece. The former had seven saves and received the loss, while Daney stopped eight shots.

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Towson, Md. to battle top-seeded Goucher College in the Landmark Conference Semifinals. The time of the game is yet to be determined.

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KINGS POINT, N.Y. - Susquehanna University's sophomore attack Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) tallied a team-high three goals, but visiting Susquehanna lost to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 119, in a Landmark Conference men's lacrosse game at Captain James Harvey Tomb Field on May 1. The loss marks Susquehanna's final contest of the 2010 season.

Breakey scored a man-up goal with 9 minutes, 26 seconds left in the third quarter and a man-down goal with 31 seconds left in the same period. Sophomore attack Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) dished out his team-leading 20th assist on the man-down score.

Susquehanna (88, 24 Landmark) fell behind the USMMA (77, 33 Landmark), 50, after the first quarter and eventually 70 with 13:02 left in the second quarter. The Crusaders needed a strong comeback and got one by erupting for eight straight goals over the remainder of the second period and into the first 13:10 of the third quarter to take their first lead of the contest, 87.

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