USMMA Drops Landmark Semifinal Match to Goucher

TOWSON, Md. On Wednesday, the fourth-seeded U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team lost to top-seeded Goucher College, 6-2, at Beldon Field in Towson, Md. in the Landmark Conference Tournament Semifinals. With the win, the Gophers improved to 13-3 overall and advanced to the Landmark Conference championship game on Saturday versus Catholic University. Following the defeat, the Mariners see their season come to an end with an overall ledger of 7-8.

The Gophers kicked off the scoring with a man-up goal with 4:59 remaining in the first quarter when junior attack Chris Argonish (New Brunswick, N.J.) fired one between the pipes. Goucher scored again three and a half minutes later to take a 2-0 lead.

With 11:13 left in the second, sophomore midfielder Jackson Lane (Aurora, Colo.) upped Goucher's advantage to 3-1 when he scored off a pass from senior midfielder Jacob Fratella (Wilmington, Del.).

The Mariners hit the scoreboard when junior midfielder Robert Atkinson (Fair Haven, N.J.) scored an unassisted goal with 4:31 left in the first half. However, the Gophers grabbed that goal back with 21 seconds left in the second quarter to take a 4-1 lead heading into halftime.

Coming out of the intermission, Goucher notched a goal two minutes elapsed in the third quarter to boost its advantage to 5-1. The hosts scored for the final time in the game with 8:56 left in the third when sophomore attack Rory Averett (Ivyland, Pa.) recorded his second marker of the contest.

USMMA cut Goucher's lead to 6-2 when sophomore midfielder Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.) found the back of the net with three minutes remaining in the third quarter on a power play. Sophomore midfielder Tyler Spaulding (Hollywood, Md.) was credited with the assist.

No goals were scored in the fourth quarter as Goucher went on to the 6-2 triumph.

On extra-man opportunities, USMMA was 1 for 5, while Goucher went 1 for 4. Kings Point scooped up a total of 25 ground balls in the game.

In the cage for the Mariners, senior Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) stopped 11 shots and received the loss (7-8). Between the pipes for the Gophers, senior Chris Stricklin (Germantown, Md.) recorded a game-high 16 saves and earned the win.

This game concludes the 2010 season for the USMMA men's lacrosse team.


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