Maritime Falls to Western Connecticut State

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. (March 2, 2011) The Maritime men's lacrosse team lost to the visiting Colonials of Western Connecticut State University, 11-4, Wednesday night at Reinhart Field. The loss drops the Privateer record to 0-2 overall, while WestConn starts the 2011 campaign with a 1-0 mark.

The game was tied 1-1 after one quarter of play, as senior Andrew Marklin (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) cashed in first on a man-up opportunity at 9:35 off a pass from classmate Seth Collins (Owego, N.Y./Owego Free Academy). Less than a minute later, however, the Colonials responded with Ryan Gillis score an unassisted tally.

Early in the second quarter, Western Connecticut junior Sean Macey scored two goals just 1:38 apart to give his team a 3-1 lead. Francisco Silva also found the back of the net with 2:20 remaining in the half, but the Privateers responded with a goal by senior Michael Hanratty (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial), assisted by junior Dylan Walsh (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem East), and the Colonials went into the locker room with a 4-2 halftime lead.

Three quick goals early in the third quarter gave WestConn a 6-2 lead, the first by Macey and the next two by J.C. Flaherty. That was all the scoring in the third.

The Colonials scored first again at 11:40 of the fourth quarter, when Jim Dipientrantonio beat senior Keith Messina (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) to extend the lead to 7-2. The Privateers scored two of the next three goals, as senior Ryan Korb (Islip, N.Y./Islip) scored at 5:23 and Hanratty picked up his second of the game with 2:34 to play. It was not enough, as WestConn scored the next two goals to claim the 11-4 victory.

Macey had five goals to lead all players, as Gillis and Flaherty each had three points in the winning effort for Western Connecticut State. Greg Zifchak picked up five ground balls, which matched the game-high. In goal, Tyler Marton got the win by making nine saves.

Hanratty and senior TJ Beaudette (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) also had five ground balls apiece. Messina finished the night with 21 saves.

Maritime returns to action next Wednesday, March 9, 2011, when the Privateers welcome in Wesleyan at 7:00 p.m. at Reinhart Field.


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