Privateers Fall to Brewers in Season Opener

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (Feb. 23, 2013) Maritime traveled up the Hudson River Valley on Saturday to take on Vassar in the 2013 season opener. Despite a game-high five points from junior James D'Amico (Floral Park, N.Y./St. Francis Prep.), who had three goals and two assists, the Privateers lost to the Brewers by the score of 15-9.

All of D'Amico's points came in Maritime's seven-goal second half. The Privateers struggled to find the back of the net in the first half, scoring only twice, both goals coming from the stick of junior Mike Johnson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip). It was after Johnson's second goal at 8:53 of the second quarter which made the score 3-2 in favor of Vassar, that the Brewers scored seven unanswered goals to take a commanding 10-2 lead.

D'Amico and freshman Tom Kelly (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) scored back-to-back goals just over a minute apart in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10-4, but Vassar would score four straight in the third to take a 14-4 lead after three quarters of play. In the fourth, the Privateers attempted to rally back, outscoring the Brewers 5-1 with two goals from D'Amico, and one each from Kelly, junior Ed Fargo (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) and senior Kevin Winter (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore), but time ran out.

Sophomore Daniel Ahern (Kings Park, N.Y./St. Dominic) recorded four assists for Maritime, while Johnson chipped in with his two goals and added one assist. Seniors Joe Villarreal (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) and Dylan Larmony (Old Bethpage, N.Y./Planview JFK) both picked up a team-high six groundballs and Villarreal was also 7 for 11 from the faceoff-X. Freshman Matt Hayes (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) scooped up five GBs and was 7 for 15 in faceoffs.

In goal, senior Nick Barbuto (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) got the start and played two quarters, making seven saves. He was replaced by sophomore Tyler Donovan (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) in the third and Donovan stopped three shots. Freshman Mike Arnold (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) played the fourth quarter, but only faced one shot, which was a Vassar goal.

The Brewers had two players record three goals and two assists, apiece, freshmen Colin Cederna and Noah Parsons, while junior Max Herman added two goals and three assists. Sophomore Scott Brekne led all players with 11 ground balls and also contributed two goals and one assist and was 14 for 24 in the faceoff-X. In between the pipes, senior Andrew Nicol played all 60 minutes and recorded 17 saves.

The Privateers are back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 27, with their home-opener against Western Connecticut State. First faceoff against the Colonials is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Reinhart Field.


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