Seahawks Edge Mary Washington in Overtime

Junior captain Gordy Long (Monkton, Md./St. Paul's School) kept St. Mary's perfect in Capital Athletic Conference action Wednesday afternoon with his game-winning goal in overtime, lifting the Seahawks to a 9-8 victory over the host Mary Washington Eagles.

Sophomore midfielder Nate Babcock (Baltimore, Md./Severn) ripped off a shot that was turned away by junior Zack Del Grosso (Charlottesville, Va.) in the final minute of the first extra period. Long was in the right spot at the right time as he scooped up the rebound off of Del Grosso's save and quickly fired it into the back of the net with 41 seconds on the clock, giving St. Mary's the sudden victory.

Junior midfielder Ben Love (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) picked up his sixth hat trick of the season to pace the Seahawk offense while senior attackman Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) dished out four helpers. Long and first-year attackman Conor Jordan (Rockville, Md./Rockville) both finished two goals apiece.

Sophomore attackman Matt Tarrant (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) and Jordan gave the Seahawks a 2-0 lead at 7:05 before Mary Washington's junior attackman John Bohlinger's (Westfield, N.J.) responded with an unassisted goal. St. Mary's tacked on two more in the final four minutes for a 4-1 lead at the start of the second period.

Only two goals were scored in the 15 minutes as Love finished off a pass from Mull to give his team a four-goal cushion at 6:01 before the Eagles headed into halftime down three following junior midfielder Chip Pittard's (Setauket, N.Y.) unassisted goal at 2:49.

Junior Billy Kelly (Reston, Va.) ended up as Mary Washington's scoring leader with three goals, including the game-tying goal at 3:58 of the fourth, and an assist while Bohlinger finished with a pair.

It was dead even once again in the third stanza as each side got three goals past the goalkeepers. St. Mary's netted the first of the quarter before the Eagles scored consecutive goals to close to within 6-4 at 5:59. The Seahawks staked another three-goal advantage with two scores that were 4:13 minutes apart to head into the last period with a 7-4 margin.

Mary Washington took over in the fourth, scoring all three goals of the quarter. The Eagles started with a man-up goal by Bohlinger at 11:45 and junior midfielder Joey Marson (Chantilly, Va.) followed suit a 1:16 later with his seventh of the season. Kelly forced overtime with his 25th of the year at 3:58.

The Seahawks outshot UMW, 35-30, while hustling to a 36-26 margin in ground balls. Senior captain Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) picked up 13 face-off wins while the St. Mary's defense killed three extra-man opportunities, including a three-minute non-releasable penalty.

Senior Scott Marsh (Crofton, Md./South River) nabbed nine saves, one ground ball and one caused turnover in the win while Del Grosso finished the game with 14 stops and one loose ball pickup for the Eagles.

The Seahawks will be back in action on Saturday, April 13 when St. Mary's hosts No. 6 Salisbury University in a match-up of the two top teams in the conference. Action starts at 3:00 pm.


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