New York Maritime vs. Alvernia
February 23, 2008
The Game Story:
THROGGS NECK, NY - The SUNY Maritime men's lacrosse team opened their season this afternoon at home against the Crusaders of Alvernia College, with a strong and convincing 23-5 victory in front of nearly 300 fans. This was the season opener for both teams.

The Privateers opened the scoring only 30 seconds into the game. Stephen Doherty (Yorktwon, NY/Lakeland) scored the first of his two goals on the afternoon to give the Privateers the 1-0 lead early on. Senior captain Alex Rosero (Bellport, NY/Bellport) scored next for Maritime less than a minute later. Steve Hackeling (Huntington, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) and Lawrence Montreuil (New Hyde Park, NY/New Hyde Park) each scored twice in the first quarter, to give the Privateers a 9-1 advantage after the first 15 minutes.

The second quarter was much slower than the first, with only three goals being scored. Maritime's James Shubel (Lloyds Neck, NY/Cold Spring Harbor), Alex Korb (Islip, NY/Islip), and Chris Toby (Oceanside, NY/Oceanside) each scored in the second.

After the half, the Crusaders came out and scored 4 third period goals, but allowed Maritime to score 5 more. Down 17-5 after the third, the Privateers scored 6 goals and gave up none to finish the game with a 23-5 victory.

Other Maritime goal scorers included senior captain Donald Toby (Oceanside, NY/Oceanside) with 2, Keith Fricke (White Plains, NY/White Plains) with 2, Ryan Korb (Islip, NY/Islip) with 2, Michael Bonanza (Staatsburg, NY/Kent School) with 1, Dan Roach (Edgewood, MD/Edgewood) with 1, and Steve Aughtman (Patchogue-Medford, NY/Patchogue/Medford) with 1.

Montreuil led the Privateers in assists with 3, followed by Seth Collins (Owego, NY/Owego Free), Andrew Marklin (St. James, NY/Smithtown), Steve Doherty, and Chris Toby with 2 apiece. Michael Bonanza, Keith Fricke, and Donald Toby each recorded 1.

For the Crusaders, Tom Novak (Pottstown, PA/Pottsgrove) scored 3 times and assisted once. Jeff Bohler (Ephrata, PA/Ephrata) and Ben Stidham (Glen Burnie, MD/Cardinal Gibbons) each scored once, while Chris Bakes (Barto, PA/Boyertown) added an assist.

The Privateers outshot the Crusaders 44-12, and picked up 58 ground balls compared to the 37 by Alvernia. Maritime won 18 of the 30 face-offs and committed only 5 penalties.

The Privateers will return to the field on March 7th against Oswego at 7PM.