Merchant Marine Drops One-Goal Match at Manhattanville

PURCHASE, N.Y. On Thursday afternoon, the United States Merchant Marine Academy was defeated by Manhattanville College, 11-10 in Purchase, N.Y. The Valiants improved to 1-1 overall, while the Mariners fell to 1-3 on the season. Kings Point led 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold off a flurry of Manhattanville goals.

USMMA had its best first quarter yet this season, notching four goals. Junior attackman Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) and senior attacker Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) had two each, while Zakow also assisted on one of Gray's tallies. However, the Valiants' found the back of the netting three times. Two of Manhattanville's goals came off Jeb Miller's stick.

Keeping in tune with Zakow's and Gray's first quarter scoring style, sophomore attack Michael Ackerman (Malvern, Pa.) opened up the second with a pair of markers of his own. Zakow netted his third goal of the contest right after assisting on Ackerman's second. Kings Point led 7-3 with 9:30 left before halftime.

The two squads traded goals for the remainder of the second quarter as well as the third. Kings Point headed into the last period with a 10-7 advantage. Over the first five minutes of the quarter, Manhattanville posted a trio of goals to tie the game at 10-all. Then, with 3:22 remaining in regulation, Conor Andrew had the go-ahead and eventual game-winning tally for the Valiants.

For the Mariners, Zakow put together a terrific game as he scored three goals and dished out two assists for five points, while Ackerman and Gray recorded three points each (2 G, 1 A). Between the pipes, freshmen Shawn Kane (Duluth, Ga.) and Pat Sullivan (Shoreham, N.Y.) each played 30 minutes. The latter received the loss and had five saves (allowed six goals).

For the Valiants, Mike Strauss had a game-high four goals, while Brian D'Iorio distributed three assists. Miller and Joe Daly scored two goals each. In the cage, Dom Poletto stopped 12 shots.

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to action on Monday when they host Mount Ida College. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. Due to Tomb Field renovations, the contest will be played in Bayville, Long Island.


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