Maritime Struggles to Score in Opening Loss to Vassar

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. (Feb. 25, 2012) Maritime lost its season-opener Saturday afternoon at Reinhart Field, 12-4, to Vassar College of the Liberty League. The defeat drops the Privateers' record to 0-1 to start the year, while the Brewers improve to 1-0.

Vassar sophomore goalie Andrew Nicol (Brewster, N.Y.) was solid in net for the winning team, stopping 15 Privateer shots. Maritime outshot the Brewers, 31-25, overall, but had trouble finding the back of the net, only scoring two goals in both the first and fourth quarters.

Junior Matthew Messina (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) was the Privateers' top scorer with two goals and an assist, while classmate Kevin Winter (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore) and sophomore Wess Johnson (Elign, S.C./Heath Wood Hall) scored the other two for Maritime. Sophomore Mike Johnson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and freshman Neil Nembhard (Commack, N.Y./Commack) each picked up assists on the afternoon.

Winter opened the scoring at 12:35, when he took a pass from Messina and fired the ball past Nicol to give the Privateers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers responded with two goals to take the lead, but then, on a man-up opportunity, Messina ripped a shot into the net off a feed by Mike Johnson to tie the game at 2-apiece.

Vassar dominated play in the second quarter, scoring four goals within the first six minutes to build their lead to 6-2. The Brewers added two more in the third quarter and then scored the first two goals of the fourth before Messina stopped the visitors' streak with an unassisted goal at 7:08. Vassar tallied two more to finish their scoring, before Wess Johnson took a feed in front from Nembhard and bounced the ball in with 1:30 to go in the game to end the scoring on the day.

Senior Steven Tonn (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) was the Privateers' best defender, picking up a game-high seven ground balls, while also leading all players with four caused turnovers. Junior Joe Villarreal (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) was 10 for 14 in the faceoff-X, picking up five ground balls. Between the pipes, junior Nick Barbuto (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) got the start and made three saves in the first half, before being replaced by freshman Tyler Donovan (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge), who made three saves in the second half of play.

For the Brewers, senior Chris Toffoli (Lino Lakes, Minn.) recorded a hat trick, while three other players each scored three goals apiece. Senior Jack Gross (Yarmouth, Maine) and freshman Sean Brazier (Stony Brook, N.Y.) each had four points in the game, as Gross registered two goals and two assists and Brazier chipped in with four assists. Nicol ended the day with 15 saves to earn the victory in net.

Maritime returns to action this Wednesday, Feb. 29, for a Leap Day matchup on the road at Western Connecticut State. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Colonials' Westside Athletic Complex.

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THROGGS NECK, NY (February 25, 2012) Tied 2-2 after the first period, sophomore goalie Andrew Nicol made 10 saves over the next three periods and his offensive players generated eight straight goals, to lead Vassar College to a 12-4 season opening victory over New York Maritime on Saturday afternoon.

Playing under blustery conditions with high wins and cold temperatures, Nicol turned in a 15 save performance and stymied the Privateers over the course of the contest to help provide new head coach Marc Graham with his first intercollegiate victory. The Brewers got goals from seven different players, led by a hat trick from senior attack Christopher Toffoli.

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