Maritime Top SUNYIT to Score Third Consecutive Win

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. (March 19, 2014) Maritime won its third straight game of the season over the SUNYIT Wildcats on Saturday afternoon on Reinhart Field by the score of 11-6.

Maritime was led by seniors Andrew Scalesi (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) and Paul Grubb (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) as the duo netted three goals each, freshman Colin McCoy (Glen Allen, Va./Greenport) also picked up two goals in the win. In regards to assists, Grubb and freshman Corey Cristallo (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) each collected two apiece to lead the way for Maritime.

The Privateers started off the scoring as Scalesi found the back of the net with an unassisted tally just 1:39 into the contest. However, the Wildcats stormed back with three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead into the second quarter.

Maritime picked up the only tally of the second period as Scalesi netted his second of the game off of a pass from Cristallo.

After the halftime break, Maritime kept to form and put together yet another impressive third quarter of play as the Privateers outscored their guests by a 5-0 margin. Grubb got the scoring started in the half with an unassisted marker just under two minutes into the half.

Freshman Zachary Pace (Monroe Township, N.J./Monroe Township) got in on the scoring action with a tally with the helper being credited to Cristallo for the second time on the game. McCoy was next on the scoring docket with a goal with 6:05 left in the quarter to put the Privateers ahead by a 5-3 mark. Grubb added his second of the quarter, as did McCoy to put the Privateers ahead by four goals heading into the final quarter of play.

SUNYIT ended Maritime's six-goal run as the Wildcats were able to score for the fifth time on the game. However, the Privateers answered as Grubb collected his third of the game with an unassisted goal. Less than two minutes later SUNYIT netted another goal to trim Maritime's lead back down to three at 8-5.

The Privateers rattled off another strong scoring surge as senior Anthony Ambrosio (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) picked up the first goal of his career to push Maritime ahead by four. Scalesi netted his third goal of the game, while junior Neil Nembhard (Commack, N.Y./Commack) also added an unassisted tally to give Maritime its largest lead of the game at six goals.

With just under one minute remaining, the Wildcats were able to sneak their sixth goal of the game past Maritime sophomore netminder Mike Arnold (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) to cap off the scoring with Maritime winning by an 11-6 margin.

Overall the Privateers outshot the Wildcats by a 54-30 differential, while also picking up more ground balls at a 50-32 clip. Faceoffs were dominated by the Privateers once again as the team won 16 of 20 on the game including 15 wins in 19 attempts by sophomore Matt Hayes (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin). The sophomore also led the team with 13 ground balls, followed by sophomore defender Jonathan Strezenec (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun), who collected six ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead the team defensively.

In goal, Arnold picked up the win to improve to 2-4 on the season while making 13 saves on the afternoon. Taking the loss for SUNYIT was Jeff Melnik after allowing 11 goals and made a season-high 23 saves for the Wildcats.

Maritime (4-5, 0-0 Skyline) will take the next week off as it prepares for the Skyline Conference opener a week from today at home against Farmingdale with the opening faceoff slated to take place at 1:00 p.m.

SUNYIT (0-5, 0-0 NEAC) will open up league play a week from today as well on the road against Hilbert at 2:00 p.m. on March 29.


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