By Michael K. Conway
Two weeks ago, the Marist men’s lacrosse game against the Quinnipiac Bobcats had the Red Foxes scurrying out of New Haven, Connecticut, and wiping the sweat off their brow with their almost too-close-to-call 9-8 victory. The game last weekend against the Manhattan Jaspers was the exact opposite. In an offensively dominant performance against the 2-10 Jaspers, there was no question about the Red Foxes’ 16-6 win. “We were excited about the way we played this past Saturday,” said head coach Keegan Wilkinson. Manhattan is a really good team, their record does not indicate that but they have played a lot of good teams that are really tough and they have given our senior class a lot of trouble, it is the only team that we had a losing record to in conference for our seniors so to get that win and go to 2-2 was really important for us.”
The Red Foxes advance to an overall record of 7-5, 2-2 in the MAAC with their remaining two games both being MAAC opponents Detroit and Siena. Maneuvering for a good seed in the upcoming MAAC tournament at Tenney stadium, the Red Foxes have to win out for the #2 or #3 seed in the conference tournament.
The offensive unit was led by Mitchell Standera’s hat trick and supplemented by goals from several different teammates including senior attack JD Recor, senior midfielders Connor O’Neill, and Ralph Faiella who each added a pair of goals to the final score. Seven other Red Foxes put themselves in the mix each adding single goals to bring the Red Foxes to final total of 16 goals on the day. “I thought we came out really hot, they weren’t really sliding to us to start the game and we took advantage of that and scored four on them really quickly,” said Recor.
The Red Foxes got out to an early start against Manhattan and maintained their momentum throughout the game. Marist blanked the Jaspers in the first quarter 4-0 and kept on pace putting up four more goals in the second quarter and allowing one goal making the score 8-1 at the half. “We came out and we wanted it. It’s good to get back on track coming down the stretch. We knew coming in to Detroit that we wanted to have some momentum,” said junior attack Gannon Morrison. With five goals in the third and three more in the fourth Marist extended the deficit allowing only five goals in the second half of play.
Redshirt junior goalie Brian Corrigan recorded 12 saves on the day, allowing a mere five goals. Other Red Fox goalies saw some time in the net as returning sophomore David Meyer and returning freshman Kevin McKendry allowed one goal and recorded one save. “Defensively we just wanted to settle down, we have been doing a great job this year just creating some fast break goals which we did, we created two or three easy transition goals which helped us build an 8-1 lead at halftime,” said Corrigan.
Up next on the menu for the MAAC tournament hungry Red Foxes are the Detroit Mercy Titans who sit at 5-8 overall but just ahead of the Red Foxes with a 3-2 MAAC conference record. “The game this weekend against Detroit should be a great one, it’s a team that we have run into in the semifinals the past couple years and its developed into a really good rivalry and they are a hard, tough-nosed team and a team that we are really familiar with so we are expecting a great battle,” said Wilkinson.