Seniors dispatched with victory over Mount St. Mary

THROGGS-NECK, NY – Saturday night, the Maritime College men’s lacrosse team celebrated a 16-member senior class that helped the program win a pair of Skyline Conference championships. And those seniors went out in style, combining for 11 goals in the Privateers’ (9-5, 5-1 Skyline) 16-4 victory over Mount St. Mary (2-9, 1-4 Skyline) in their home final at Reinhartveld.

After Ryan Brice (Wall, NJ) opened the scoring with a man-up at 12:30 of the first quarter, a goal by Patrick Schnell (Jericho, NY) made it 2-0. Larry Frank got the Knights on the board before the Privateers responded with three straight plays to start the second quarter. However, Frank found the back of the net again with 3:29 left in the first half, cutting Maritime’s lead to 5–2 at halftime.

The Privateers outscored Mount St. Mary 6-0 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 11-2. Maritime then scored five goals in a span of 90 seconds in the fourth quarter, four of which came from seniors, to make it 16-3. Frank added a late man-up score for the Knights. With the 16-4 victory, the Privateers officially secured their sixth consecutive berth in the Skyline Tournament (not counting the canceled 2020 event).

Jack Louer (Clifton, NJ) scored three goals, while Schnell scored four points on a goal and three assists. Lucas Caliendo (North Babylon, NY), Thomas Pellicci (Manorville, NY) and Charles Gerace (Rocky Point, NY) finished with two goals, an assist and five ground balls apiece. Brice and Charles Longo (Bellport, NY), meanwhile, each contributed two goals and an assist.

In addition to going 18-for-21 on faceoffs, Joseph Bruno (East Islip, NY) scored a goal and collected five ground balls. Kieran Hendry (East Northport, NY) picked up 14 ground balls, and Grant Gifford (Oakdale, NY) had six turnovers. All four Maritime goalkeepers played for a quarter Jack Daresta (Massapequa, NY) (7-4) got the start and earned the win.

For the Knights, Frank collected three ground balls to go with his three goals. Tim Doyle scored the other Mount St. Mary goal. Joseph Angelillo collected three ground balls and caused six turnovers, while Bobby DeSantis had five ground balls for the Knights. Maritimes outshot Mount St. Mary 57-24, including a 40-7 edge in shots on goal, and Knights goalie Kenny Leen (2-9) stopped 24 of those attempts.

Both of Maritime’s remaining regular season games are on the road, starting with a 7 p.m. game against Kean (10-6) on Wednesday. The match was originally scheduled for April 3, but was postponed due to bad weather and poor field conditions.