Kirby Posts 18 Saves; Presidents Fall To Mariners 9-6
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The United States Merchant Marine Academy clinched the fourth and final spot in the upcoming Landmark Conference Men’s Lacrosse Tournament after holding off Washington & Jefferson 9-6 on Senior Day Sunday at Alexandre Stadium.
The Mariners (8-6, 3-2) will play top-seeded Goucher in one of two semifinals on May 1. The Presidents (4-8, 0-5) will now compete in the first Presidents’ Athletic Conference Invitational (seedings and matchups TBD). The PAC Invitational semifinals begin on May 1 as well.
USMMA fired 23 of the match’s first 25 shots, but W&J senior goalie Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University School) kept the Presidents alive and only behind 4-2 at halftime. The Presidents almost only trailed by one at the break, but Michael Ackerman scored with 0.8 seconds left for the two-goal advantage.
W&J seized momentum early in the third quarter and tied the match at the 9:55 mark after back-to-back goals by senior attacker Tom Starr (Baltimore, Md./Friends School) and sophomore attacker Tim Angell (Andover, Mass./Governor's Academy).
The Mariners; however, responded with three-straight goals over the next eight minutes. Angell’s goal with 12 seconds left in the third quarter made it a 7-5 game, but USMMA scored two of the three goals in the final period to secure the win.
Delaney Oksman paced the Mariners with four goals, while Kevin Young amassed seven saves in goal. USMMA doubled up the Presidents in shots (44-22) and held a decisive 14-4 advantage in faceoffs. Sean Sheehy took every Mariner faceoff, collected 12 ground balls and dished out one assist.
Kirby’s 18 saves pushed his career total to 603. He is the Presidents’ all-time saves leader.
Angell led the W&J offense with three goals, while freshman attacker Zachary Fredericks (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) notched one goal and two assists. Senior midfielder John Zustra (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) also scored and senior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) handed out two assists.
W&J has two games remaining in the regular season starting Wednesday at Saint Vincent (4:00 pm).
Merchant Marines SCORING:
GOALS: Delaney Oksman 4; John Atkinson 1; Michael Ackerman 1; Geoff Harty 1; Phil Walker 1; Ray Waters 1.
ASSISTS: John Atkinson 2; Michael Ackerman 1; Joseph Purcell 1; Sean Sheehy 1;Jack Spitz 1.
Wash. & Jeff. SCORING:
GOALS: Tim Angell 3; Zachary Fredericks 1; John Zustra 1; Tom Starr 1.
ASSISTS: Joseph Eck 2; Zachary Fredericks 2; Will Wagner 1.