Quick Sticks: Coast Guard Surges Past Stonehill


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United States Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse Team


New London, Conn. – The No. 6 U.S. Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse team (9-1, 3-0) used a 7-1 second half run that included four goals and an assist by Cadet 2/c E. J. Schmid (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville), to blow open a tight 6-6 game midway through the third quarter.  Coast Guard got goals from seven different players to post a 13-7 win over No. 22 Stonehill College (6-3, 1-0) last night at a packed Cadet Memorial Stadium overlooking the Thames River.

Coast Guard was led offensively by Schmid who registered six points for the second game in a row (fourth game this season with six or more points) on four goals and two assists.  Schmid also tied 2/c defensemen Nick Fredericksen (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) for the Bears’ ground ball team-high honors with seven.  Cadet 1/c and Team Captain Austin English (Kent Island, Md./Kent Island) and Cadet 2/c Stu Carley (Houston, Texas/James E. Taylor) chipped in with five (2g,3a) and four (2g,2a) points respectively.


Coast Guard did a nice job at the faceoff x going 14 for 22 (63.6%) on the night.  Cadet 1/c  and Team Captain Steven Danseglio (Islip Terrace, N.Y./East Islip) went 8 for 11 and added a goal, two assists and four ground balls.

Coast Guard took an early 1-0 lead as Cadet 1/c Steven Danseglio (Islip Terrace, N.Y./East Islip) scored on a seven-yard shot just 27 seconds in off a nice feed from Schmid.  However, less than two minutes later, Stonehill scored twice – including an extra-man goal to put them up 2-1.

A Skyhawks push gave Coast Guard a man advantage and 4/c Justin Huemme (Sherborn, Mass./Dover-Sherborn) fed Schmid who hit an over-the-shoulder shot from just in front of the crease to tie the game at 2-2 with 3:44 on the first-quarter clock.  English scored the Bears’ third goal, taking a flip from Schmid and running left-to-right past his defender to score at 1:27.

Danseglio picked up the ground ball on the next faceoff and fed a nice no-look pass to Carley  for 12-yard shot to give Coast Guard a 4-2 lead out of the break.  Not done, Danseglio handed out another dime to 2/c Paul Dell’isola (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) who scored with a sidearm shot from just outside the crease to make it 5-2.  Stonehill was undaunted by this 2-0 run and quickly came back with two goals to head into the halftime break down one at 5-4.

The second half opened with goals for both sides and suddenly it was 6-6 just a few minutes into the third quarter.

The flurry started when Carley converted a bounce shot from a tough angle on the left side after rolling from ‘X’ and getting a nice feed from 1/c James Lord (Simsbury, Conn/Westminster). That goal pushed the Bears’ advantage to 7-6.  From there, Schmid took over scoring duties.  With 1:58 remaining in the quarter, Schmid came open on a fast break opportunity and scored on a low-to-low shot off a pass from 1/c defensemen 1/c Conor Breckenridge (San Francisco , Calif./Novato).  With 38 seconds left in the third quarter, Schmid built the lead back to three for Coast Guard, flicking a shot into the net off a Carley feed.


Dell’isola pushed the lead to four, 10-6, 1:22 into the fourth quarter with a low-to-low shot from the right side off an English pass.  Then English came off a Schmid screen, and Schmid rolled to the right side of the crease where English hit him for a hard shot from seven yards out.

Stonehill scored at the 7 minute mark to get back within four at 11-7.  Huemme used a Schmid pass at 6:16 to score his first of the game before 4/c Trent Moon finished up the scoring with a nice bouncer after rolling the crease on the left side for the 13-7 victory.

Cadet 1/c Justin Dougherty (Satellite Beach, FL/Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) picked up the win, making ten saves while allowing seven goals.  The four man close-defense rotation of 1/c Tim Wyderko (Detroit, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary’s), 1/c Conor Breckenridge (San Francisco , Calif./Novato), 1/c James Fennessey (Milton, Mass./Milton) and Fredericksen played exceptionally well throughout and especially midway through the third quarter.  With the score tied at 6-6 and Stonehill momentum building –  a “gut check” point – the defense staved off multiple Stonehill man-up situations and ignited Schmid’s offensive heroics.  The poles were “on the offensive” again as Breckenridge handed out a fast-break assist.

Coast Guard will be back in action on Friday, April 26th at 7:00 PM in the friendly confines of Cadet Memorial Stadium taking on Southern Connecticut State University (0-5, 0-1).  This is Coast Guard’s last regular season game and the Bears will honor their graduating 1/c Cadets on “Senior Night”.


Game Notes:

–The Bears are currently ranked No. 6 overall in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse MCLA Coaches Poll this week.

–This was the Bears fourth victory over a Top 25 ranked opponent this season.

–Coast Guard shared the ball extremely well as 12/13 goals were assisted (92.3%).

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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.