NEW LONDON, Conn. - Freshman Riley McNulty set a single game program record with eight points as the Bears won their fourth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game with a 15-6 victory over Mass. Maritime Wednesday night at Cadet Memorial Field.
With the win Coast Guard secures their second straight 10 win season as they move to 10-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Buccaneers fall to 4-8 on the season and 0-5 in the NEWMAC.
McNulty had four goals and four assists for a game high eight points. Not only did McNulty set the program single game record for points but he also became the first play in program history with 50 points. McNulty is third in the NEWMAC in points (56), goals (36) and seventh in assists (20).
Sophomore Anthony Wyler tallied four points with two goals and two assists while classmate Jack Pope scored two goals and added one assist. Sophomore Cole Hudson was the only other multi-point scorer for the Bears with two goals.
Mass. Maritime was led by sophomore Ben Barattini and senior Ryan McNeill who each had two goals. Freshmen Casey Fisher and Franklin Ragge each had a goal while freshman Benjamin Avakian notched the teams only assist.
Coast Guard scored the first two goals of the game as Pope took a pass from Wyler for his first followed by an unassisted goal from McNulty with just over 7:30 to play in the opening period.
After Fisher got one goal back with 3:08 to play in the quarter the Bears finished out the period with the final two goals as freshman Ryan Gochar scored his only goal of the game at the 2:25 mark. McNulty then scored his second of the game as he took a pass from Wyler and rifled a shot home with just over two minutes to go.
Coast Guard moved to a five goal lead at 7-2 with 2:44 to go in the half before McNeill and Barattini each scored to close the second quarter making the Bears halftime advantage only three at 7-4.
The lead stayed at three goals midway through the third period as both teams traded two goals each making the score 9-6 with 8:20 to go in the quarter.
From that point forward Coast Guard closed the game strong scoring the final six goals for their fourth NEWMAC win of the season .
Sophomore Michael Dolan (4-8) made 12 saves on 27 shots allowing 15 goals.
Sophomore Colin Cashin won 18-19 face-offs leading Coast Guard to a 20-25 advantage over the Buccaneers. Cashin also collected a game high 10 ground balls. He is first in the NEWMAC with 125 ground balls and 191 won face offs. As of April 25th Cashin was also 12th in the country in face-off winning percentage (.695) and 21st in ground balls per game (8.21). The Coast Guard face-off unit is tenth in the country overall at .659.
The Bears defense turned in another solid performance causing 17 turnovers led by sophomore Tom Bleifuss with four and sophomores Connor Ellis, Benner Geurtsen, Mike McCaslin, Rylan Chapman and junior Alec Groff each causing two.
Coast Guard is back in action this Saturday, April 29th when they host their final game of the season against the Babson Beavers. Opening face-off is 1:00 pm. A victory by the Bears would clinch them a spot in the NEWMAC tournament.