Mariners Nip Bears Late

Niki Kirchner-Hope
Niki Kirchner-Hope

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Merchant Marine over came a three goal second half deficit to top Coast Guard 12-11 Saturday afternoon on the Coast Guard Academy campus..

With the loss the Bears fall to 1-4, while the Mariners stay unbeaten at 2-0.

Coast Guard was led by freshman Abigail Bradford who had two goals and an assist. Sophomore Anna McGoldrick and MegMarie Stanchi each had two goals while Sophomore Carter Sanderson notched a goal and two assists. Juniors Daria McKenna and Niki Kirchner-Hope each had a goal and an assist. 

Sophomore Meredith Willard and freshman Grace McHugh each had a game high four goals for Merchant Marine while sophomore Maura Malone scored three goals and added two assists. 

Coast Guard stormed out to a 4-1 lead just under 10 minutes into the game as McGoldrick, Bradford, McKenna and Stanchi each had goal.

The Mariners stormed back to take the lead with five straight goals with two from Malone and Willard making the score 6-4 with 8:09 to go in the period.

The Bears tied the score at the end of the half as junior Cecelia Hosley put one away followed by a goal from Stanchi with 4:21 to play in the opening stanza.

Coast Guard continued their run in the second half scoring the first three goals for a 9-6 lead with just under 26 minutes to go in the period.

Merchant Marine however answered with a run of their scoring five goals in a row for the second time in the game for a 11-9 lead.

After the two teams swapped the next two goals Bradford would bring Coast Guard within one with 3:44 to play scoring an unassisted goal.

The Bears however, could not muster another goal and fell to Merchant Marine 12-11.

Senior Hannah Delguercio (1-4) made 8 saves on 20 shots allowing 12 goals. Delguercio is third in the NEWMAC  with 44 saves on the season.

Sophomore Hannah Gizzi (2-0) made six saves on 17 shots allowing 11 goals. 

Coast Guard is back in action tomorrow, March 19th, as they took RIC in nonconference action. Opening draw is 1:00.