Maritime Falls in Non-Conference Play at Western Connecticut

DANBURY, Conn. (March 12, 2014) On Wednesday evening, Maritime Privateer fell to host Western Connecticut by the score of 16-7.

Junior Neil Nembhard (Commack, N.Y./Commack) and freshman Corey Cristallo (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) led the Privateers offensively with three points each. Sophomore Matt Hayes (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) picked up 20 more faceoff wins on 25 attempts, while also picking up 20 ground balls.

With his 20 ground balls, Hayes finished with the second highest ground ball total by an individual player since the 2005 season. Only Donald Toby had more in one contest as he finished with 26 against Kean in 2007. In regards to his faceoff prowess, Hayes tied a career-high with 20 wins to equal his mark set last season against Manhattanville, which ties him fourth on the single-game record list since 2005.

Western Connecticut jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, and then added four more goals in the second period to take a 7-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. Through the first 30 minutes of play the Colonials outshot Maritime 21-14, while sophomore Mike Arnold (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) made four saves in the first half of play.

In the second half, Maritime got on the board first as freshman Zachary Pace (Monroe Township, N.J./Monroe Township) picked up his team-leading ninth goal of the season to trim the deficit to six. Western Connecticut responded with five unanswered over the next 10 minutes of the game to open up a 13-1 advantage.

Nembhard picked up his first of the night with an unassisted tally with 3:38 remaining in the third quarter. Less than 40 seconds later, the Colonials struck once again with a goal to take a 14-2 edge into the final quarter.

To start off the period, Maritime made a switch in goal as rookie Alex Haim (Youngstown, N.Y./Lewiston Porter) made his collegiate debut. Another freshman made an impact on the first offensive possession of the period as Cristallo netted his second tally of the season. Senior James D'Amico (Floral Park, N.Y./St. Francis Prep.) was credited with the assist on Cristallo's goal.

Western Connecticut picked up a pair of penalties with just under 12 minutes remaining to give Maritime at man-up opportunity. The Privateers capitalized with Nembhard's second goal of the game with Cristallo picking up the helper on Maritime's fourth goal of the game.

Maritime's senior co-captains picked up the game's next two goals as Dylan Larmony (Old Bethpage, N.Y./Plainview JFK) netted an unassisted marker at 9:18 of the period. Classmate Andrew Scalesi (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) picked up his second goal in as many games 31 seconds later to pull Maritime back within eight goals.

The Colonials outscored Maritime 2-1 through the final 8:47 of regulation to come away with the 16-7 win. The Privateer's last goal came out of the stick of freshman Colin McCoy (Glen Allen, Va./Greenport), for the second goal of his season.

Maritime's top defensive performance came from freshman Kieran Kindle (League City, Texas/Clear Falls) as he collected three caused turnovers. Junior long-pole Jordan Rose (Levittown, N.Y./Holy Trinity) also caused a pair of turnovers in the effort.

In goal, Arnold took the loss to fall to 1-4 on the season after making seven saves through the game's first 45 minutes. Heim picked up three saves in the first 15 minutes of his career in the fourth quarter.

Maritime (1-4, 0-0 Skyline) will look to rebound with a pair of games this weekend at the 2014 Maritime Cup that takes place in Castine, Maine. The Privateers will take on Mass. Maritime on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. before playing host Maine Maritime at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. Western Connecticut (2-2, 0-0 Little East) will take on Vassar this Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Danbury, Conn.


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