St. Mary's Comes from Behind to Down Mules

St. Mary's City, Md. Junior attackman Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) paced St. Mary's with a game-high four points, and the Seahawks posted a come-from-behind 13-11 non-conference victory over the visiting Muhlenberg College Mules Saturday afternoon.

Mull netted his second man-up goal of the season and dished three assists while junior midfielder Taylor Cook (Hollywood, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) recorded his first career hat trick, including scoring the eventual game-winning goal with six seconds left in the third period.

Muhlenberg (2-4) jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first period as the Mules scored the first two goals of the game within a 38-second span. Cook cut the lead to one at 6:55 with an unassisted goal but Muhlenberg regained a two-goal cushion 41 seconds later. Senior long-stick midfielder Peter Windsor (Towson, Md./St. Paul's School) cut the lead to one once again with his second goal of the season at 4:13. The Mules headed into the second quarter with their two-goal lead as senior midfielder Alex Ardolino (Florham Park, N.J./Hanover Park) found the back of the net for his second goal.

St. Mary's (2-2) outscored the Mules, 5-3, in the second stanza as the Seahawks netted four extra-man goals. Senior attacker J.P. Lennon (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) scored twice in quarter while Mull had a goal and three assists. Windsor sent his team into halftime tied 7-7 with Muhlenberg as he picked up his second goal of the day with 59 second remaining in the first half.

The Seahawks had another five-goal outing in the third period as Cook struck twice and senior attackman John Dehm (Trumbull, Conn./Middlesex School [Mass.]) handed out two helpers to send St. Mary's headed into the final quarter with a 12-9 advantage.

Neither team scored in the fourth stanza until the 6:41-minute mark when first-year midfielder Jon Thomas (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) fired one past Seahawk senior goalie Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) to close the gap to 12-10. First-year midfielder Will Lerch (Lothian, Md./Calverton School) responded for St. Mary's with his fifth tally of the year and the team's final score of the game at 5:51.

After the Seahawks started 4 of 16 at face-off X, junior midfielder Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) turned it around for St. Mary's in the second half with a 8 for 12 effort while contributing a team-best nine ground balls and one goal.

Wheeler made 16 saves, including nine in the second half, while adding three ground balls. Besides his two goals, Windsor added four caused turnovers and four loose ball pickups. Muhlenberg outshot St. Mary's, 39-30, but the Seahawks edged the visitors, 29-26, in ground balls.

St. Mary's will be back in action on Wednesday, March 14 when the Seahawks take on No. 12 Denison University (4-0) in non-conference action at The Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia. Game time is noon.


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