Marymount Has Streak Snapped by St. Mary's in CAC Opener

Arlington, Va. Marymount fell to visiting St. Mary's (Md.), 11-5, in its Capital Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday night. The Saints snap a three-game winning-streak, drop to 4-2 overall on the season and 0-1 in league play.

Lance Bernecker led the Saints with two goals and an assist while Connor Kellogg chipped in a goal and an assist. Vince Lodato and George Pugh both added lone goals as well.

Garrett Nealon paced the Blue and White with a pair of assists with Nick Gruber adding another.

A rough first quarter saw the Saints fall behind 5-0 before finding their footing in the middle two frames. Marymount outscored the Seahawks (4-4, 1-0 CAC) a combined 5-2 in the second and third periods to make it a 7-5 game with 15 minutes to play.

In the fourth, St. Mary's scored early at the 14:10 mark and again with 7:33 remaining to lead 9-5. The Seahawks would then seal the win with a pair of late goals after holding MU scoreless in the stanza.

Marymount controlled the battle of the faceoffs, winning 12 of 19 trips to the center 'X'. Ian Gordon went 7 for 11, Max Johnson was 3 for 5 and Lodato was 2 for 3.

Gordon led the Saints with five ground balls while Gruber, Michael Bitonti and Sam Dupont each added three. Tyler DaSilva caused three turnovers while Bitonti, Dupont and Max Rowse each added a pair.

In goal, Derek DiGiovanni (4-2) collected 10 saves in the loss.

Ben Love led St. Mary's with five goals.

Marymount returns to action on Sunday as it hosts Colorado College in non-conference play. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m.

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Arlington, Va. Junior midfielder Ben Love (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) found the back of the net a career-high five times as St. Mary's posted their second consecutive win with an 11-5 road win at Marymount (Va.) in the Capital Athletic Conference opener Wednesday night.

Love put up his career-best five goals while sophomore attackman Matt Tarrant (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) tallied two goals and an assist and senior attackman Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) chipped in a goal and two helpers.

St. Mary's (4-4, 1-0 CAC) dominated the first period, outscoring Marymount by a 5-0 margin as the Seahawks posted a 13-3 advantage in shots. Love scored twice in the first quarter while Mull picked up his two assists.

Love's third goal of the game was sandwiched between a pair of Saint scores as Marymount finally got on the scoreboard, closing the gap to 6-2 at halftime. Junior midfielder Lance Bernecker (Chambersburg, Pa.) was Marymount's leading scorer with two goals and an assist while fellow classmate Garrett Nealon (Springfield, Va.) had two assists.

Marymount (4-2, 0-1 CAC) extended its scoring streak to three straight as the Saints came out of intermission firing. Bernecker scored twice in under a three-minute span to bring his team within two at 8:54 of the third stanza. Love ended the Seahawks' scoring drought with his fourth of the night at 7:05. Marymount stayed within two goals as junior attackman Vince Lodato (Tampa, Fla.) answered 17 seconds later. The Saints outshot St. Mary's, 14-3, in the third.

St. Mary's regrouped in-between the third and fourth periods, rattling off four straight and keeping the Saints off the scoreboard for the rest of the game and the 11-5 final.

The trio of seniors Justin Harty (Medford Lakes, N.J./Camden Catholic), Dalton Yohn (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) and Scott Marsh (Crofton, Md./South River) anchored a solid Seahawk defense that shutout Marymount in two quarters. Harty led the way with three caused turnovers while Yohn and Marsh combined for 11 ground ball pickups.

Marsh registered 12 stops for his third straight game with 10-plus saves while Marymount's junior Derek DiGiovanni (Midlothian, Va.) had 10 saves in the loss.

The Seahawks will look to make it three in a row as St. Mary's hosts future CAC member, Christopher Newport University, this Saturday, March 23 at 1:00 pm in Seahawk Stadium.


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