Privateers Survive Late Rally by Mariners

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. (March 3, 2013) – Maritime won its first game of the 2013 season on Sunday afternoon with a 12-11 victory over Maine Maritime. The game was played Clear Harbors Stadium on the campus of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The Privateers improve to 1-3 on the year, while the Mariners fall to 0-2.

The Privateers had to fend off a late rally in the fourth quarter to come out with the “W.” They were up by five goals with five minutes to play and Maine Maritime tallied four straight scores, including the goal that brought the game to within one with 35 seconds to go. Time ran out for the Mariners, however, as a couple of turnovers late proved costly.

Earlier in the game, Maine Maritime held a 4-2 lead after one quarter of play, but the Privateers outscored the Mariners 4-1 in the second to take a 6-5 lead into halftime. In the third, Maritime went up 9-5 after three straight goals before Maine struck twice over the next two minutes of play into the early part of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 9-7.

Freshmen Jonathan Strezenec (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) and Tom Kelly (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) and senior Matthew Messina (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) went back-to-back-to-back over the span of 10 minutes, with Messina's goal, a man-up goal, being the eventual game-winner with 5:23 to play.

Sophomore Daniel Ahern (Kings Park, N.Y./St. Dominic) recorded a team-high four points with two goals and two assists, while junior James D'Amico (Floral Park, N.Y./St. Francis Prep.) and sophomore Nick Schnieder (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) both contributed a goal and two assists, apiece.

Kelly scored twice for Maritime and sophomore James Sullivan (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) earned the offensive game ball after his one goal and one assist performance. Senior Dylan Larmony (Old Bethpage, N.Y./Planview JFK) and junior Ed Fargo (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) both also found the back of the net in the victory.

D'Amico, Streznec, Messina and freshman Matt Hayes (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) all registered a team-high four groundballs, apiece, as the Privateers won the battle of the GBs today, 45-38. Hayes was 9 for 12 from the faceoff-X. Junior Anthony Ambrosio (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) earned the team's defensive game ball after recording two groundballs in a very well-played defensive effort and senior Cory Gallagher (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) won the Privateers' “Helmet Award” for doing all the “little things” that don't show up on the stat sheet.

In goal, senior Nick Barbuto (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) earned the victory after making 13 saves in just over 58 minutes of play. In the final 1:22 of the game, freshman Mike Arnold (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) made one save to help preserve the victory.

Maine Maritime's sophomore Nick Betti scored a game-high seven goals, while senior Tom Houle recorded two goals and two assists. Senior Alex Hermes was 8 for 15 in faceoffs and led all players with seven groundballs. In net, senior Erik Milles made 16 saves in the losing effort.

The Privateers are back in action on Wednesday night, March 6, when they will play host to the Devils of FDU-Florham. First faceoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Reinhart Field.

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BUZZARD BAY, Mass. SUNY-Martime overcame an early 2-0 deficit, before surviving a four-goal Maine Maritime onslaught in the fourth, to earn a 12-11 win in a non conference men's lacrosse game Sunday. The Privateers improved to 1-3, while the Mariners fell to 0-2.

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