KINGS POINT, NY – The Maritime College women’s lacrosse team concluded the regular season by visiting rival Merchant Marine on Saturday afternoon. After posting a thrilling 11-10 win in last year’s “Sound Shootout,” their first win in the series since 2015, Maritime (11-2, 5-2 Skyline) dropped out of this season’s game with the Mariners (9-2, 5-0 Skyline) by a 15-8 count at Brooks Stadium.
Both teams entered the competition with a shot at the Skyline Conference regular season title, and the score was tied at 2-2 after the first quarter. However, Merchant Marine started the third quarter with three straight goals to lead 5-2. Sara Wright (East Islip, NY) brought the Privateers within two at 5-3, but the Mariners scored the last two goals of the half to take a 7-3 lead at the break.
Merchant Marine then opened the third quarter with five unanswered counts, extending the margin to 12-3. Wright scored twice late in the period to cut the Maritimes deficit to 12-5. The teams traded goals in the fourth quarter, however, as the Mariners went undefeated in conference play with a 15-8 victory.
Wright was involved in half of the Privateers’ goals, finding the back of the net three times and adding an assist. She also picked up three ground balls and led Maritime with seven draw checks. Gabrielle Nicolosi (West Islip, NY) had two goals and an assist, while Tori Gay (Whiteford, MD) posted four ground balls and four draft checks. Tori Koenig (Roxbury, NJ) (1-2) recovered four ground balls to go along with five saves.
For the Mariners, Jessie Wohner, the conference’s leading scorer, led the way with five goals and three assists. Julia Coughlin had three goals and an assist, and Kaitlyn Lachaw also recorded a hat trick. Jenna Turrentine, meanwhile, added two goals, two assists and three draw checks. Meghan Malone had a game-high five on the ground, while Maddie Schmidt caused six turnovers in the Maritimes. Goaltender Hope Germanakos (9-2) made 10 saves.
Maritime is guaranteed to be the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the Skyline Conference Tournament. The Privateers currently sit in third place, but will move up to No. 2 if Farmingdale drop their remaining two games. Otherwise, Maritime will be seeded third and host the sixth seed in the first round on Tuesday, May 3.