Sailfish Top Hurricanes for First Time in Program History

CORAL GABLES, Fla. For the first time in school history, the No. 25 Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish defeated the Miami Hurricanes (1-12). Playing in Miami's first game at Cobb Stadium, the Sailfish lead was as many as eight goals in the 16-11 victory. Senior attackman Joe Ciringione (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) played an incredible game, finishing with four goals and six assists, while sophomore attackman Colin Price (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) finished with three goals and three assists.

After getting on the board first, the Sailfish (11-5) never looked back. The efforts of Ciringione and fellow attackman Bobby Hantske (Annapolis, Md./Southern) put PBA up 2-0. They were aided by several man-up opportunities, without themselves going man down until midway into the third quarter. Despite going 50% on EMO, the story of the game early was missed Sailfish opportunities; the 'Fish registered 29 shots on goal, dominating the flow of the game, but only netted six. Palm Beach Atlantic led 6-2 at halftime.

Defensively, PBA gave the Hurricanes fits for most of the game, led by defenseman Justin Shockley (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest). Branden Bernstein (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) and Chris Bing (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) also were stout at close defense, while Ryan Talks (Palm Beach, Fla./St. Andrew's) finished with 13 saves.

In the third, Palm Beach Atlantic continued to find the net, scoring four consecutive goals to expand the lead to 10-2. Among the initiators were Dave Schultz (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's), who finished with three goals, ten ground balls, and seven face-off wins. Senior Jesse Vanatta (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) also had two goals.

After allowing two Miami goals, PBA regained the eight goal margin in the fourth, with goals from freshman Dan Barry (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) and Vanatta. In the closing minutes, the 'Canes added several goals, contributing to the 16-11 final margin.

The Sailfish return to action this Friday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. for the quarterfinal round of the SELC Tournament against No. 19 Kennesaw State (6-4). The game will be played at Alpharetta HS (3595 Webb Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30005). If the Sailfish win on Friday night, they will advance to the semifinal round at 2:45 p.m. at Northview HS. The finals are also at Northview (Sunday, 12:00 p.m.).


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