Maritime Falls to Kings Point

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. (March 13, 2013) Maritime suffered a home loss to arch-rival Kings Point Wednesday night, 13-3, at Reinhart Field. The Privateers fall to 2-5 overall on the season, while the Mariners even their record at 2-2.

Senior Matthew Messina (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) scored two goals for Maritime and junior Andrew Scalesi (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) added the other tally. Junior Dylan Larmony (Old Bethpage, N.Y./Planview JFK) led the team with four groundballs and three caused turnovers.

In goal, senior Nick Barbuto (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) made 12 saves over three quarters and was replaced by freshman Mike Arnold (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) for the fourth quarter, who made two saves.

For the Mariners, sophomore Geoff Harty led all players with eight points on three goals and five assists. Freshman John Atkinson added three goals and two assists and classmate Chris Whitenack picked up eight groundballs and was 12 for 20 on faceoffs. Sophomore goalie Alex Peyreigne made 12 saves in the winning effort.

The Privateers are back in action on Saturday, when they play host to Mass. Maritime. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Reinhart Field.

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Throggs Neck, NY - The Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (2-2) bested industry rival SUNY Maritime (2-5) by a 13-3 margin Wednesday night.

The sophomore tandem of attacker Geoff Harty (Chicago, IL) and goalkeeper Alex Peyreigne (Weston, CT) held the Privateers in check all night with a pair of stellar performances. Harty led USMMA in scoring, tallying three goals and five assists while Peyreigne stopped 12 of the 15 shots on net to pad his Landmark Conference leading save percentage (65.5%).

The Mariners opened the scoring early on a goal by senior attacker Michael Ackerman (Malvern, PA) in the first three minutes of play. Freshman attacker John Atkinson (Garden City, NY) followed up with another goal just over a minute later to give Kings Point a 2-0 advantage.

Merchant Marine would hold their 2-0 lead through the end of the first quarter and would score the next three, giving the Mariners a 5-0 advantage with 6:06 remaining in the half.

Despite giving up a tally to bring Maritime within four under the five minute mark, the Mariners would finish the second quarter adding two more goals; building a 7-1 halftime lead.

The second half proved to be much of the same as Merchant Marine scored six of the eight remaining markers and didn't relinquish more than a single tally in any given quarter.

Overall, the Mariners had eight different goal scorers and saw 10 different players dent the score sheet. Senior midfielder Sean Sheehy (Annapolis, MD) notched his first goal of the season and freshman attacker Robert Tirrito (Centerport, NY) netted his first career goal with a late-game tally.

The Mariners outshot the Privateers 48-28, had eight less turnovers than Maritime, and converted 25% of their man-up opportunities.

Merchant Marine will open Landmark Conference play Saturday, March 16, when they host Catholic (3-5, 0-0) at 1:30 PM.


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