Connecticut College Sails by Merchant Marine

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Mark Mangano (Basking Ridge, N.J.) scored three of his five goals in the opening half and assisted on a sixth score to help lead Connecticut College to its third consecutive win in a 12-7 triumph against the United States Merchant Marine Academy Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore Stephen Eicher (Northport, N.Y.) and Danny Morici (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored two goals each for the winning side. Eric Doran (Pennington, N.J.) and Andrew Berry (Moorestown, N.J.) both contributed with two assists for Connecticut College.

Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) corralled a team-best seven ground balls in the win and won 12 of 17 face-offs for the Camels.

Junior net-minder John Lenehan (Hingham, Mass.) stopped 11 shots in the victory for Connecticut College.

United States Merchant Marine Academy junior Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) reached the 60 point barrier for the season, registering two goals and one assist in the setback. Michael Ackerman (Malvern, Pa.) chipped in with two scores for the visitors, while Andrew Kratsch (Caldwell, N.J.) recorded a goal and an assist in the setback.

Rookie net-minder Shawn Kane (Duluth, Ga.) finished with 20 saves in the loss for the Mariners.

The Camels built an early 3-0 advantage in the opening quarter when John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) assisted Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) for a goal at the 4:31 mark.

Mangano scored two of his team's four goals in the second quarter. With 2:15 remaining in the half, Doran assisted Mangano for a score to make it a 6-3 game. Less than a minute later, Mangano assisted Berry for a goal and the Camels carried a 7-3 advantage into the break.

Mangano and Morici scored the first two goals of the second half and the lead had ballooned to 9-3 with 12:06 remaining in the third.

However, the Mariners would score twice in a 42 second span of the third quarter to make it a 9-5 game with a Zakow extra man goal at the 10:08 mark.

But the Camels scored the next three goals to open up a 12-5 advantage and were able to hold on for the 12-7 win.

The Camels held a 52-31 edge in shots and won the ground ball war by a count of 41 to 23.

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NEW LONDON, Conn. On Tuesday, the United States Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team lost to Connecticut College, 12-7 at Silfen Field in New London, Conn. With the win, the Camels improved to 5-6 overall, while following the defeat, the Mariners dropped to 4-9 on the year.

This game was all about unanswered goal streaks and unfortunately, Connecticut College emitted more of them. To kickoff the contest, the Camels scored three straight, which would be all the scoring in the first quarter.

Over the first eight minutes of the second quarter, the Mariners bookended a pair of Connecticut goals with two of their own one from freshman midfielder Andrew Kratsch (Caldwell, N.J.) and another from junior midfielder Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.).

From 5:25 remaining in the second quarter until 12:06 left in the third, the Camels reeled off five consecutive goals to take a 10-2 advantage. USMMA kept grinding and found the back of the netting twice within 48 seconds (sophomore attack Michael Ackerman (Malvern, Pa.) and junior attacker Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.), but a 4-1 run from the hosts would close out the game. The final Kings Point marker was notched by Zakow his second of the contest.

For the Mariners, Zakow finished with three points (2 G, 1 A), while Ackerman had two goals. Rookie midfielder Ray Waters (West Sayville, N.Y.) also scored a goal. In the cage, freshman Shawn Kane (Duluth, Ga.) took the loss as he had 20 saves in all 60 minutes.

For the Camels, Mike Mangano scored a game-high five goals, while Stephen Eicher and Danny Morici added two each. Earning the win was cageminder John Lenehan (11 saves).

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to action on Saturday when they host Landmark Conference-opponent Drew University at Centre Island Town Park in Bayville, N.Y. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m.


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