Marymount Tops W&J to Remain Unbeaten at Home

Arlington, Va. Marymount remained unbeaten at the friendly confines of Long Bridge Park with a 14-8 victory over visiting Washington & Jefferson on Saturday afternoon. The Saints improve to 2-1 on the season including a 2-0 mark on their home turf.

Nico Burns led the Saints with four goals for his first career hat-trick. Connor Kellogg added three goals as well to go with a game-high three assists.

Jack Burke logged a pair of goals for the Blue and White while Andrew Fournier, Ian Gordon, Vince Lodato, Michael Stidham and Garrett Nealon all added a lone goal each.

Burke chipped in two assists to go with his scoring with Michael Bitonti and George Pugh adding one each.

A slow paced first half saw little scoring as both teams kept pace with each other. The Presidents (3-2) jumped on the board first just 91 seconds into the game before Burke evened things up at the 5:42 mark in the first quarter to help end the frame with a 1-1 draw.

Washington & Jefferson notched back-to-back goals mid-way in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. The Saints rallied down the stretch with Lodato scoring with just under two minutes remaining and Kellogg finding the back of the net with 11 ticks on the clock to go into halftime knotted at 3-3.

Marymount's offense came alive in the third, outscoring W&J 6-2 in the frame. Trading goals early, the Saints closed out the quarter with four unanswered goals, including three consecutive man-up goals, to take a 9-5 lead into the final frame.

In the fourth, MU's offense showed no signs of slowing down. Kellogg and Burke extended the Saints unanswered goals to six to open the quarter before the Presidents scored at the 8:01 mark, a full 15 minutes since their last goal. Marymount then went off on another 3-0 run over a three minute span to put the game away.

The Saints defense was solid, holding W&J scoreless in four extra-man opportunities. Marymount also forced 15 of the Presidents' 23 turnovers with Sam Dupont leading the way with four caused turnovers. Austin Miller, Brian Robbins, Tyler DaSilva and Chris Madison each added a pair.

Bitonti led the Saints with seven ground balls while Gordan added six and Dupont had five.

In goal, Derek DiGiovanni (2-1) collected nine saves for his second win of the season.

Casey Smallwood led Washington & Jefferson with two goals.

Marymount returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to face Gwynedd-Mercy in non-conference play. The Saints and Griffins have split home-and-home victories the past two seasons, each by a two-goal margin.

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Marymount dominated the third quarter to break a halftime tie and earn a 14-8 victory over Washington & Jefferson on Saturday afternoon in Virginia.

The Presidents (3-2) led 3-1 early in the second quarter following back-to-back goals junior midfielder Casey Smallwood (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland), but the Saints (2-1) rallied back to tie the game at halftime.

Marymount then took control by scoring eight of the next 10 goals, including six consecutive tallies from the 7:21 mark of the third quarter until 12:31 remained in the match. Connor Kellogg scored three times during the spurt for the Saints.

Nico Burns led the Saints with four goals, while Kellogg added three goals and three assists. Jack Burke contributed two goals and two assists for the Saints, who outshot the Presidents by a 42-26 margin.

Outside of Smallwood's pair of scores, six different Presidents recorded one goal. Senior goalie Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University) suffered the loss. He made 11 saves, including six in the opening 15 minutes.

W&J returns to action next Saturday when it opens Landmark Conference play against defending league champion Goucher at 1:00 pm at Alexandre Stadium.

2013-03-09



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