TOWSON, Md. – Coast Guard wrapped up their fourth straight win to start the season, taking down Goucher 11-4 in non-conference action Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Bears improve to 4-0, while the Gophers 3-4. It is the best start in program history for Coast Guard.
Sophomore Riley McNulty had a game high four points on thre goals and one assist. He is currently tied for first in the NEWMAC with 17 points on the season. Sophomore Logan Morin tallied his first career hat trick while junior Benner Geurtsen matched McNulty with four points of his own (two goals, two assists).
Goucher was led by Andrew Sade who had three goals. Jeremy Buckler was the team's only other goal scorer.
After the Gophers scored the first goal of the game, Coast Guard scored four straight including three straight man-up goals giving the Bears a 4-1 lead with 12:03 left to play in the first half.
Geurtsen finished the second half with the final two goals as Coast Guard went into intermission with a 6-2 advantage.
The Bears defense continued to hold Goucher at bay as Coast Guard scored five more goals to take the 11-4 win.
Junior Trey Johnson (4-0) made five saves on nine shots on goals. Johnson continues to lead the conference with a 4.98 goals against average and as of March 9th was in the top 20 of Division III.
Matt Messerle (3-4) had a career game in goal for the Gophers stopping an astounding 19 shots in the losing effort.
The Coast Guard defense continues to dominate allowing a single digit goal total to an opponent for the fourth straight game to start the season. Junior Connor Ellis, Geurtsen and Mike McCaslin each finished with two caused turnovers. The Bears lead the conference with 48 total caused turnovers with McCaslin first (11) and sophomore Justin Edwards fifth (5).
Junior Colin Cashin was dominant once again, winning 13-16 face offs with five ground balls leading the Bears to 15-4 advantage.
Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday, March 13th when they take on No. 16 Ithaca at the Virginia Beach Sports Complex. Opening face off is 1:00 pm. It will be the Bears second game in as many weeks against a top 20 opponent.