#8 Connecticut College 11, U.S. Mechant Marine Academy 5
Undefeated Camels (11-0) Dominate Third Quarter of Action to Pull Away from Mariners
KING´S POINT, N.Y.--The Connecticut College Men´s Lacrosse Team improved its record to 11-0 with an 11-5 victory against the United States Merchant Marine Academy (5-5) in a non-conference game played under the lights in King´s Point, N.Y Tuesday.
The Camels started fast, sputtered for a bit, but out-scored the Mariners 4-to-0 in a dominating third quarter of action to pull away from the hosts. Connecticut College Head Coach Dave Cornell was pleased with his team´s effort and commitment to make the necessary halftime adjustments to close out an important road win.
"We played pretty well in the first quarter but I thought we settled for some shots in the second quarter," Cornell said. "King´s Point did a great job and took full advantage of its opportunities. But in the third, we came out strong and took care of business. We just did a nice job solving their zone."
The Connecticut College zone defense did its job again. The visitors induced many outside shots from the Mariners, USMMA registered 23 of its 38 shots in the second half. But they were forced to take many lower percentage attempts against a complicated defensive alignment.
Senior Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) scored two of his three goals in the third quarter. With the hat-trick, Dachille vaulted his way into third place on the Connecticut College all-time goal scoring list with 115 career markers.
Rookie midfielder Stephen Eicher (Northport, N.Y.) chipped in with two scores. Andrew Berry (Moorestown, N.J.) and John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) both contributed with a goal and an assist for the Camels.
Sophomore Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) stopped 17 of 21 shots in another strong performance between the pipes.
United States Merchant Marine Academy sophomore midfielder Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.) scored three goals to lead the hosts. Junior attackman Zach Gray (Scituate, Mass.) chipped in with two scores for the Mariners. Brian Flannery (North Massapequa, N.Y.) dished out four assists in the setback.
Senior net-minder Keegan Boyle (Wilbraham, Mass.) made eight saves in the loss for the Mariners.
The Camels built a 4-1 lead after one quarter of action and were on top 7-2 after Dachille found the back of the net with 4:51 remaining in the second quarter. But Gray scored twice in the closing 3:41 of the half and the Mariners had trimmed the deficit to 7-4 at the intermission.
The Camels will host #6 Tufts University Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game between the two remaining undefeated teams in the NESCAC.
April 13, 2010