Skidmore vs. Us Merchant Marine
March 26, 2011
The Game Story:
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.— The Skidmore College men’s lacrosse team improved to 6-1 with a 16-7 win over the US Merchant Marine Academy, in a nonleague game Saturday at Wachenheim Field.

The win was the ninth straight home win for the Thoroughbreds. Kings Point falls to 4-6.

The game proved to be a perfect tune-up for Wednesday’s home 4 p.m. Liberty League opener against defending league champion Rensselaer Every player dressed got playing time for Skidmore, with nine players earning points and 17 players picking-up at least one ground ball.

Skidmore controlled the play with Mike Perlow, Bryan Connolly, and Jeremy Goldman scoring three goals in a 1:20 span for a 3-0 first quarter lead. Robert Atkinson got Kings Point on the board with 7:42 to play in the first, but Jon Hoeg made it 4-1 with eight seconds to play in the quarter.

The Mariners opened the second with a man-up goal by Delaney Oksman, but that would be as close as they would be the rest of the game. Skidmore scored three straight and six of the next seven to extend the lead to 13-4 in the fourth quarter. The Thoroughbreds maintained the nine-goal lead for the 16-7 final.

Perlow finished with five goals to lead a balanced Skidmore attack. Ben Cornell had three goals and Hoeg finished with two. Connolly had a goal and two assists, while Goldman, Seth Berger, Quinn Hawkins, Jeff Caruso, and Richie Davis all scored single goals.

The Thoroughbred defense held Kings Point to only 14 shots through the first three quarters and 22 for the game. Mariner top scorer Zach Gray managed only one fourth quarter goal after coming into the game with 34 goals and 16 assists.

Ryan Paradis won 17 of 19 faceoffs and finished with 10 ground balls for Skidmore.

Thoroughbred Connor Dowling improved to 4-0 with six saves in three quarters, while Matt Diaco picked up a pair of saves in the fourth quarter. Shawn Kane had 17 saves for USMMA.