WEST POINT, N.Y. – Junior Anthony Wyler and sophomore Riley McNulty combined for 11 points as Coast Guard earned their first win against Merchant Marine 14-9 Saturday afternoon on the Army – West Point Campus.
With the win, the Bears improve to 10-2 on the year while the Mariners fall to 9-2. This is the quickest Coast Guard has made it to 10 wins in a single season.
Wyler finished the game with four goals and an assist. He becomes the second player in program history to reach 100 career points with his second goal of the game in the second quarter. McNulty finished with a game high six goals, scoring three goals in each half. Junior Jack Pope had a season high three assists while freshman Will Iorio had two goals and junior Benner Geurtsen tallied two assists.
Junior Nick Treon led Merchant Marine with three goals and an assist. Classmate Pat Coll finished with a goal and an assist while junior Jack Renard had two goals.
After both teams traded goals twice early on, Coast Guard took the lead at the end of the first quarter as senior Matt Huemme scored an unassisted man-up goal giving the Bears a 3-2 lead with 1:18 remaining in the period.
Coast Guard pushed their lead to two for the first time in the game as junior Ian Logan followed up Huemme's goal with a man-up goal from Pope with 13:44 left in the half.
The Mariners tied the game once again as Jackson Misner and Coll scored back-to-back goals just 16 seconds apart from each other, evening the score at 12:40.
The Bears then then hit Merchant Marine with a five goal run led by three tallies from McNulty and a goal and an assist from Wyler giving Coast Guard some breathing room at 9-4 with a 11:15 remaining in the third quarter.
The Mariners would not go quietly however as they scored consecutive goals to bring the score to 9-6 with just over five minutes remaining in the third period.
After a timeout by the Bears, Coast Guard outscored Merchant Marine 5-3 the rest of the way for the program's first victory over the Mariners, 14-9.
Junior Trey Johnson (9-2) made seven saves and allowed nine goals. Four of his seven saves came in the fourth quarter to help squash any chance of a Merchant Marine comeback.
Freshman Brendan Kane (8-2) started in goal for the Mariners making nine saves and allowing eight goals. Sophomore Shannon Byrne II came into the game in the second half making two saves and allowing six goals.
Junior Colin Cashin won 50% of the face-offs while Cashin, Ellis and McNulty all finished with a game high five ground balls.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday, April 18th when they host NEWMAC rival Springfield. Opening face-off is 7:00 pm.