Us Merchant Marine vs. Oneonta State
March 25, 2005
The Game Story:
KINGS POINT, N.Y. - Senior attack Matt McCarthy completed his first hat trick of the 2005 season with 2:26 left in overtime Friday night at Capt. Tomb Field, as the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy lacrosse team came back from a four-goal deficit late in the third quarter to post a 12-11 victory over visiting Oneonta State. Sophomore John Pagano made 20 saves, many of the spectacular variety, for the host Mariners.

McCarthy (Germantown, Md.) came around the cage one-on-one and fired a six-yard shot past Red Dragons (3-3) goalie Rick Freud (10 saves) to give the Mariners (1-3) their first win of the 2005 campaign. Additionally, USMMA 15th-year head coach Tom Gill is now two wins shy of notching 100 in his tenure at the Academy.

USMMA, who found itself down 6-2 at halftime and again by four goals (10-6) after Oneonta State's Chris Hatzakorzian scored with 1:34 left in the third period, netted two goals in the final 43 seconds of that frame to pull within two. McCarthy and sophomore Ian Callery (Floral Park, N.Y.), who had two goals and as many assists on the night, found the back of the net, respectively.

The pair of Mariners tallies kick started a spurt of five unanswered goals by the Blue and Gray, with junior Brendan Myers (Pittsburgh, Pa.) knotting the game at 10-10 with 7:13 to go. Callery then converted a feed from Myers with 3:57 remaining in regulation, to give USMMA its first lead of the night.

Oneonta State's Chad Wagoner (3g, 3a) made sure that the Red Dragons wouldn't go down in regulation, as he finished off his hat trick with 1:32 left in the fourth period to tie the score at 11-all.

USMMA had tied the score at 2-2 with seven minutes left in the first quarter when sophomore Sean Dougherty (Ellicott City, Md.), who scored five goals on the night and has notched 13 in his last three games, cranked home a man-up goal on Callery's pass. But Oneonta State, ran off the final four goals of the first half to pick up the victory.

The Mariners are back in action Tuesday afternoon (Mar. 29), when they start Knickerbocker Lacrosse Conference action across Long Island Sound at Maritime (N.Y.) College. Opening face-off is slated for 4 p.m.