Dodson's OT Game-Winner Leads #1 Merchant Marine Past #4 FSC

Junior midfielder Conor McAvoy cradling the ball up the field.
Conor McAvoy

#1 Merchant Marine - 13, #4 Farmingdale State - 12  (F/OT)

Kings Point, N.Y. - With 2:14 remaining in overtime of the Skyline Conference Men's Lacrosse Semifinals, Merchant Marine senior attack Tucker Dodson (Charleston, S.C.) scored the game-winning goal to lead the top-seeded Mariners to a 13-12 victory over #4 Farmingdale State this evening in Kings Point, N.Y.

Leading 6-5 with 5:23 remaining in the third, Merchant Marine (12-2) extended the advantage to two on a Nick Treon (Danville, Penn.) goal off the pass from Michael Rodriguez (Coronado, Calif.). The Rams (10-8) quickly answered with back-to-back goals from junior midfielders Conor McAvoy (East Setauket, N.Y.) and James Ragland (Seaford, N.Y.) to even the score at 7-7 with 3:45 left in the quarter.

After a Pat Coll (Clifton Park, N.Y.) score with 8:42 remaining in regulation put the Mariners on top 11-9, FSC sophomore midfielder Dylan Fitzgerald (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and McAvoy tallied goals over the next 6:04 to tie the game at 11-11. Farmingdale State later took the lead by one, 12-11, with 1:29 on the clock as McAvoy recorded his third goal of the night.

With 59 seconds left to play, Merchant Marine tied the game at 12-12 and forced overtime on an unassisted goal by junior attack Jack Renard (San Clemente, Calif.).

The Mariners won the faceoff on OT and after a pair of missed shots, Dodson netted the game-winner to clinch a berth into Saturday's Skyline Conference Finals.

McAvoy and Fitzgerald each had a game-high three goals, while Ragland and sophomore midfielder John McMahon (West Babylon, N.Y.) added three points on two goals and an assist. Junior goalkeeper Dan Wood (East Meadow, N.Y.) recorded 10 saves in the loss for Farmingdale State.

Merchant Marine was led by Treon who registered a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists. Coll and Dodson finished the night with four points and three points, respectively.