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Men's lacrosse off to best start since 2010 season

By Ryan Calvi
On March 7, 2013

     The Marist men's lacrosse team is off to their best start since the 2010 season, as they improved to 3-0 on the year following an 8-5 win over Lafayette last Saturday afternoon. Seven different Red Foxes scored to contribute to the victory.

     The team is being recognized as one of the nation's best, as it received votes in the Nike Division I Top 20 Poll for the third consecutive week, and also received votes in the USILA Division I Coaches Poll for the first time this year.

     For the second straight game Marist attack man Joseph Radin netted two goals. The freshman has scored in his first three collegiate games and is tied for third on the team with five goals. The MAAC honored Radin for his efforts by naming him Offensive Rookie of the Week.

     Radin credited his teammates for his early success at the Division I level.

     "The guys around me are giving me the ball when I'm open," Radin said. "The senior leadership [here] is leading to my success thus far."

     Connor Rice, Drew Nesmith, Jack Doherty, Aedan Herman, Gannon Osborn and Vin Chiodo each scored a goal apiece to round out the Marist scores. For Chiodo, who finds himself in his senior campaign, the goal was the first of his career.

Marist head coach Keegan Wilkinson was excited for his senior to net his first career goal.

     "It was a great goal by Vinny. He's a guy that his teammates rally around for how hard he works and it was great to see him get to contribute in a big way against Lafayette," Wilkinson said.

     The game started off as a defensive battle as Lafayette (2-3) attack man Kevin Wanke scored the lone goal of the opening quarter to give his team a 1-0 lead heading into the second.

     The second quarter saw much more offensive action from both sides.

     Radin opened the scoring for Marist with his first goal of the afternoon at the 11:30 mark to tie the game at one. Osborn and Chiodo followed him up with two goals of their own as the Red Foxes led 3-1 with 3:51 remaining in the first half.

     Wanke quickly responded for Lafayette and tallied his second goal of the afternoon with 3:40 to play. Doherty then answered back with his seventh goal of the season for the Foxes to regain the two-goal lead 56 seconds later. However, Wanke completed his first half hat trick by scoring with just 28 seconds left before halftime to cut the lead to one, as Marist had the 4-3 advantage at the break.

     Radin's second score of the afternoon, combined with a goal by Herman, increased Marist's lead to 6-3 in the third quarter. Cory Scheuerle then scored for the Leopards with 1:28 remaining in the period to cut the lead to 6-4.

     Nesmith scored 41 seconds into the final quarter for the Red Foxes to increase their lead to 7-4.  With 3:30 to go, Brian Bock scored for Lafayette, cutting the lead to 7-5, but Marist's defense was able to hold off the Leopards for the remainder of the quarter and a Rice man-up goal with 18 seconds left put the finishing touches on an 8-5 victory for the boys in red.

     Marist goaltender Dave Scarcello picked up his third win of the season and recorded seven saves during the game. Scarcello was recognized by the conference and was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance on Saturday.

     Senior midfielder Matt Dugan was also a big part of the win as he went 13-16 on faceoffs for Marist contributing to their 14-17 edge in that category. The Red Foxes also outshot the Leopards 41-21 on the day.

     "Matt's done a really good job of improving in practice," Wilkinson said. "His performance is a testament to how hard he's working to prepare for game days."

     Marist will look to continue their current three-game winning streak as they head to Baltimore for a matchup with Towson (2-3) on Friday night. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

     Wilkinson feels that his squad will need to compete hard against a talented program in Towson in order to push the streak to four in a row.

     "They're going to be a great group of athletes from one of the biggest [lacrosse] hotbeds in the country," Wilkinson said. "We expect to see some high-profile guys so we're going to have to go down and play our best game."

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