New London, Conn – Coast Guard Academy men’s lacrosse senior Nick Zablotny (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) finished with six points on three goals and three assists while senior goalie Cory Pray (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) finished with 13 saves as the 20th-ranked Bears (9-4, 3-1) posted a 17-4 victory over the University of Maine (4-5, 1-1) Friday at Cadet Memorial Stadium on Senior Night.
As a result, the Coast Guard Academy will host a PCLL playoff contest next Wednesday, April 25.
The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game as the Bears outscored Maine 5-0 while holding a 15-3 advantage in shots. Junior Steven Danseglio was out of the gate early with three of his game-high five goals in the first 15 minute segment. Senior Justin Ryan (Phoenix, AZ/Bernards) and sophomore Stu Carley (Houston, Texas/James E. Taylor) rounded out the scoring for the quarter.
The Bears led 8-2 at the half before back-to-back goals from junior Austin English (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) and sophomore E.J. Schmid (Robbinsville, NJ/ Robbinsville) sparked a 3-1 run as they stretched the lead to 11-3 after three.
Ten different players registered at least one point in the contest and six of the 17 goals were assisted. Senior Andrew Breen (Falls Church, VA/George Mason) totaled four caused turnovers and three ground balls as an LSM.
The Bears held their opponent to four goals or less for the fifth time this season.
For more information on the upcoming 2012 PCLL playoffs, check out our website at: www.coastguardlax.vicid.net.
As the smallest of the five U.S. service academies, the Coast Guard Academy offers the elite higher education, rigorous professional development, and honor and tradition of a military academy but with a more personalized approach.
The Coast Guard Academy offers an integrated life experience which emphasizes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership, in order to graduate officers of the highest caliber. Graduates go directly to positions of leadership in “The Shield of Freedom,” one of the most admired organizations in the world. The Academy also features an impressive teacher-student ratio and picturesque waterfront campus that instills a traditional small college feel.
Cadets devote themselves to an honor concept and graduate to work at sea, on land, in the air, and even in space, in meaningful careers of selfless service to others.