Coast Guard Outguns Stonehill for 7th Victory

New London, Conn. - The United States Coast Guard Academy Men's Lacrosse team (7-1, 6-0) earned their sixth straight conference victory with a strong performance against rival Stonehill College (2-3, 1-1). Under the bright lights of Cadet Memorial Field, a lively crowd cheered Coast Guard on as ten different players earned a point in the 22-11 win.

This was the first time in two years the Coast Guard/Stonehill contest didn't turn into a multi-overtime thriller and the Bears were happy to take the regulation victory. Although the offensive output was again robust, 2/c long stick midfielder Andrew Breen (Falls Church Va./George Mason) was also a big part of the story, netting 10 ground balls, and in the process, becoming only the third member ever inducted into the Mike Fredie "Hard Hat" Union since its inception in January 2009. LCDR Michael Fredie, CGA '96, continues to serve on active duty as the Executive Officer of Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South and was a Team Captain and hardworking defenseman for the Bears of the mid-1990s.

In what has become habit over the last few weeks, the Bears came out stale and fell behind 1-0 after a quick Stonehill goal. However, Coast Guard answered back almost immediately with a goal off a nice individual effort from 1/c Matt Chase (Baltimore, Md./Lochraven) to knot it at one all. Two minutes later, 4/c Eric (EJ) Schmid (Robbinsville NJ./Robbinsville) found 3/c Steven Danseglio (Islip Terrace, NY/East Islip) behind the net finishing with a low shot from the wing for a 2-1 Bears lead.

The Skyhawks snapped back with a goal at 7:45 to bring it all even at two. 1/c Kyle Ennis (Mayo, Md./Dematha) rocketed a shot from up top to score on Coast Guard's first man up opportunity for a 3-2 lead. Then the Bears started to hit on all cylinders on the offensive end as Danseglio sandwiched two goals around and gorgeous dodge and goal from 3/c Austin English (Kent Island, Md./Kent Island) to make it 6-2.

Not to be outdone, Stonehill capitalized on Coast Guard penalties and scored two goals in quick succession to pull within two at 6-4. However, with only one-second left in the quarter, 4/c Stuart Carley (Houston, Texas/James E. Taylor) came up huge scoring the back-breaker on a fast break .

Chase scored three of the next four goals with a nice dodge from behind the cage and beautiful assists from English and Danseglio. Ennis broke up Chase's streak with another man-up rocket on a long shot from the wing. At 11-4 it looked like Stonehill's backs were against the wall, but they answered just two minutes later, closing out the quarter strong with two goals to make it 11-6 going into halftime.

It didn't take long for the second half scoring to start as English netted his second goal of the game under thirty seconds after the quarter began on a fast-break feed from 3/c defenseman Tim Wyderko (West Bloomfield, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary's). Stonehill came right back to make it 12-7. Ennis scored again on a nice dodge and finish from a tough angle just above the left GLE, and Chase then found the back of the cage on a feed from 2/c Nick Zablotny (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) for a 14-7 lead.

The scoring slowed as both teams battled back and forth for the next seven minutes until Stonehill scored on a nice man-up effort. Schmid scored his first goal of the evening a minute later on another feed from Zablotny to close the third-quarter scoring as Coast Guard led 15-8.

The home team's man up unit struck again when Carley netted his second of the night at 13:23 of the fourth. Following possessions for both teams, Chase found the twine two minutes later on a nice feed from English for his sixth goal of the evening.

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