Us Merchant Marine vs. Fdu-florham
February 28, 2010
The Game Story:
KINGS POINT, N.Y. – In its quest to defend the 2009 Landmark Conference Championship, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men’s lacrosse team started the 2010 regular season on the right foot with an 8-7 overtime victory on Sunday over Fairleigh Dickinson University at Brooks Stadium in Kings Point, N.Y. With the win, the Mariners move to 1-0 on the young season. Following the loss, the Devils fell to 0-2 overall.

Kings Point jumped on the scoreboard a mere two minutes and nine seconds into the game when junior attack Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) found the back of the net for his first goal of the year. Junior midfielder Robert Atkinson (Fair Haven, N.J.) was credited with the assist. Just two and a half minutes later, Atkinson found another scorer, this time sophomore midfielder Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.).

FDU cut the Merchant Marine Academy’s lead in half when sophomore midfielder Pat O’Brien (Flemington, N.J.) shot one past USMMA senior goalkeeper Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) at 7:51. The first quarter concluded with Kings Point ahead 2-1.

At 12:55 in the second quarter, USMMA sophomore attacker Sean Zakow (South Huntington, N.Y.) recorded the tally to give the Mariners a 3-1 advantage. With 3:33 left in the quarter, FDU senior attack Kevin Shadiack (Kinnelon, N.J.) passed the ball to O’Brien, who proceeded to fire it between the pipes for his second goal of the game. Following suit, Gray scooped up a ground ball in front of the net and poked it in for his second marker of the contest with 59.7 seconds remaining. The two squads went into halftime with Kings Point up 4-2.

The third quarter only saw one goal scored as Devils’ sophomore attacker Adam Koontz (Oak Ridge, N.J.) scored with 10:01 left. Freshman midfielder Mike Sheehan (Colonia, N.J.) was credited with the assist.

In stark contrast, the fourth session of play had seven goals scored. With 12:16 remaining in regulation, FDU freshman attacker Seth Molek (Oak Park, Ill.) tied the score at 4-all with an unassisted goal. USMMA jumped back on top with two goals as Gray netted his third and fourth tallies on the day at 8:53 and 8:24, respectively. Both were assisted by Jerlow. Three minutes later, Devils’ junior attack Drew Canfield (Kinnelon, N.J.) fired one past the goalie to turn the score 6-5 in favor of the Mariners. Gray then answered back 34 seconds later as he shot one past FDU senior netminder Alex Kajencki (Medfield, Mass.) for his fifth marker of the game. However, the guests did not give up as Shadiack and Molek netted a goal apiece within the last three minutes of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

The Mariners needed only a minute and three seconds to ice the game as senior attacker Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) was fed a ball from freshman attack Phil Walker (Falmouth, Mass.) and threw it past Kajencki for the game-winning goal.

For Kings Point, Gray scored a game-high five goals. Jerlow finished with one goal and three assists. Atkinson dished out two assists, while Walker had one. In addition, the Falmouth native also picked up four ground balls. Freshman defender Samuel Heard (Boca Raton, Fla.) scooped up a team-high five ground balls. In net, Boyle stopped a game-high 13 shots and forced two turnovers. For the Devils, senior midfielder Taylor Evans (Easton, Pa.) recorded a game-high six ground balls. O’Brien and Molek tied for a team-high two goals. Between the pipes, Kajencki had 11 saves.

Each team recorded 23 ground balls, while USMMA held the advantage in both faceoffs (10-9) and successful team clears (25-17).

Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners return to action on Sunday when they host DeSales University. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.