March 16, 2013
Cardinals fall to Mariners in conference opener
KINGS POINT, N.Y. – CUA dropped its Landmark Conference
opener to Merchant Marine Academy by a score of 14-8 on Saturday
afternoon. The Cardinals led after the 1st and 2nd quarters, but
the Mariners used a 9-2 run in the second half to pull away and
earn the win. Brendan Englert led the Cards with two goals.
CUA scored the first two goals of the game, with Jake Eisenstodt
and Brian Keith totaling one score each in the opening 7:19.
USMMA got on the board for the first time with 7:07 on the 1st
quarter clock, but Billy Kirmsse came right back and scored to put
CUA in front by three.
Geoff Harty pulled the Mariners to within two early in the 2nd,
and the score remained that way for the next eight minutes until
CUA’s Bobby Kusbit found the back of the net to put the
visitors in front by three.
USMMA then scored two straight to pull within one, but Englert
scored with only 19 ticks on the clock to send CUA into halftime
with a one-goal advantage.
Less than three minutes into the 3rd, Walter Hickey gave the
Cardinals a two-goal lead, but USMMA closed the quarter out on a
3-0 run to go in front 8-7 heading into the final 15 minutes.
The Mariners opened the 4th with three straight goals to go in
front 11-7 with 6:20 remaining, but Sean Cummins answered for CUA
to close within three.
That wound up being CUA’s final goal however, and USMMA
added three more to pull away.
Merchant Marine Academy was credited with 40 shots on the
afternoon, while CUA finished with 32. CUA finished 17 of 20 in
clear attempts and the Cardinals scooped up 30 ground balls.
CUA returns home for its next two games, beginning on Wednesday
evening, when the Cardinals host Williams. Start time is set for 6