Kings Point Lacrosse Falls to FDU-Florham

MADISON, N.J. The United States Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team opened up its 2011 season on Saturday afternoon with a 9-7 defeat to Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham, 9-7 in Madison, N.J. With the win, the Devils improved to 1-0 overall. Following the loss, the Mariners dropped to 0-1 on the season, which marks the 25th year of the Kings Point men's lacrosse program.

Over the first 5:30 of the opening quarter, FDU jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Paul Colflesh had two of those goals for the Devils.

With 6:20 remaining in the first, USMMA sophomore midfielder Samuel Heard (Boca Raton, Fla.) fired one past the Devils goalkeeper for the Mariners' first tally of the new season. Senior attack Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) was responsible for the assist.

About three minutes later, Kings Point struck again as junior attackman Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) scored his first goal of the year, an unassisted marker to trim FDU's lead to 3-2.

Just before the two squads closed out the first quarter, the Devils scored another goal to change the score to 4-2.

The Mariners kicked off the second quarter with a remarkable four consecutive goals. Gray fed the ball to rookie midfielder Andrew Kratsch (Caldwell, N.J.), who found the back of the netting for his first collegiate tally (10:05 left). Over the next five minutes, Zakow notched his second goal of the game. Gray followed that with his first pair of tallies of his senior season, coming at the 6:01 and 4:50 marks. Kings Point went ahead, 6-4.

The Devils closed out the first half with a pair of goals to tie the score at 6-all, and then recorded two more over the first eight minutes of the third quarter. FDU-Florham grabbed the advantage, 8-6.

Gray completed the hat trick and scored his third goal with 4:08 left in the third to cut FDU's lead to 8-7. Junior midfielder Tyler Spaulding (Hollywood, Md.) had the assist.

However, the Mariners weren't able to make another comeback as FDU tacked on another goal as the fourth quarter started. The Devils held on for the rest of the contest to notch the 9-7 victory.

For the Mariners, Gray finished with three goals (game-high) and two assists for five points, while Zakow had two goals and one assist (three points). For the Devils, Cody McHugh, Colflesh and Drew Canfield each scored two goals. Colflesh also dished out a trio of assists. Billy Deignan scooped up 12 ground balls.

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to action next Sunday when they travel to Center Valley, Pa. to square off against DeSales University. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.


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