New York Maritime vs. Us Merchant Marine
April 22, 2006
The Game Story:
Kings Point, NY - The six seniors of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Lacrosse Mariners ended their final regular season home game on a high note with a 20-5 blowout of the Maritime College Privateers on a rainy day at Captain Tomb Field.

USMMA put up the second largest output of the season since the season-opener versus Mount St. Vincent, where the Academy posted 22 goals. Senior Brendan Myers, who etched four points on the day, put the Mariners on the board just 46 seconds into the game with an unassisted goal.

A little over a minute later at the 13:02 mark Tony MacDonald found Sean Dougherty to give USMMA a 2-0 lead. Dougherty struck again with 9:35 left in the first period with a helper from Jim Flannery to give the Mariners a 3-0 advantage. Keith Fricke broke the 3-0 run with a goal off the ensuing face off. The Privateers narrowed the deficit to a goal 13 seconds later as Dan Roach found Kevin Swift for the score.

But that would be as close the Privateers would get. The Academy replied with an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach. Tony Buleza and Ryan Merritt managed a goal each, while Flannery and Dougherty score three and two times, respectively. Michael Maginnis, Danny Song, Brennan Dougherty, Myers and Beluza were credited assists during the span.

In the third period, the Mariners continued to control the tempo amidst lighting up the scoreboard a few more times. Dougherty scored twice more to tie his career-best for goals scored in a single game (7). Meanwhile, Ian Callery, Robert De Pol, Michael Condron, Bryan Gray, Brett Daniels and Jimmy Braudt each added a tally in the second half.

With the win, USMMA improved to 11-4 on the season and 7-1 in Knickerbocker League play, while Maritime fell to 3-8 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

The Academy will host third-seeded Richard Stockton College in the Knickerbocker Semi-Final on Wednesday evening at Captain Tomb Field at a time to be announced. The game is slated to be aired via the world-wide-web by the Mariner Broadcast Network.

Additional News:

Playing in their final regular season home-game at Captain Tomb Field, the Mariners paid homage to the contributions of captains Mike Citarelli and Tony McDonad, in addition to Matt Scott, Frank Toner, Myers and Braudt. USMMA also honored Jim Godfrey, who became the first inductee of the Lacrosse Mariners Wall of Honor.

Fans can visit the Wall of Honor, which will eventually consist of each sports program in the West front entrance corridor of O'Hara Hall.