May 6, 2009

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Brian Flannery netted two goals and dished out one assist as the Mariners fell 10-9 in overtime to Eastern Connecticut State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game included eight ties and three lead changes. Tyler Spaulding added two goals for the Mariners and Brennan Dougherty handed out two assists. Keegan Boyle finished the game with 19 saves.

DJ Simmons started things off for the Warriors in the first quarter with a goal at the 13:21 mark. Two minutes later, Spaulding tied the game at 1-1 with his first goal of the game. Vinny Tornatore put the Warriors up 2-1 with his 20th goal of the season. The Mariners would make it 2-2 at the end of the first quarter on Flannery's first goal of the game and 38th of the season.

Matthew Savage netted his 50th goal of the season to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead to start the second quarter. With a man-up goal at the 8:30 mark, Sean Zakow would tie the game back up, 3-3. Simmons and Savage then put back-to-back goals together to take a 5-3 lead on the Mariners with 4:10 remaining in the half. With 58 second to go in the quarter, Spaulding would net his second goal of the game and eighth of the season to make it 5-4 at the break.

USMMA tied the game at 5-5 to start the third quarter on an unassisted goal by senior captain Robert De Pol. Simmons placed his third goal of the game in the back of the net at the 11:10 mark to put the Warriors back on top, 6-5. Again the Mariners responded with Flannery's second goal of the game two minutes later, 6-6. Simmons scored his fourth goal of the game and second of the quarter to take a 7-6 lead to end the third quarter.

The Mariners responded with two straight goals by Robert Atkinson and Adam Jerlow to start the fourth quarter and put the Mariners on top, 8-7. Zach Malouf scored his only goal of the game for the Warriors at the 6:05 mark to make it 8-8. Once again the Mariners answered a Warriors goal with Zach Gray's only goal of the game on a shot from between his legs to give the Mariners a 9-8 lead with 1:05 remaining. With 34 second to go in the game, Savage came up big for the Warriors and tied the game at 9-9 to send it into overtime.

Simmons netted his fifth goal of the game and 48th of the season to give the Warriors the 10-9 victory in overtime against the Mariners.

USMMA concluded its season with an overall record of 11-6 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history.