Marist Unscathed by Stony Brook, looking forward to another shot at QU Bobcats
Marist Men’s Lacrosse team entered an overtime period for the fifth time this season and came out the other side unscathed. After a MAAC championship rematch two weeks ago against the Quinnipiac Bobcats, in which the Red Foxes lost in a heartbreaker in overtime (8-7), Marist had a chance for redemption against the eighth ranked Stony Brook Seawolves. The resilient Red Foxes capitalized in overtime for the second time in five overtime appearances and took home the win from the heavily favored Seawolves.
The Red Foxes currently sit at second place in the MAAC conference with a 6-5 overall record. Looking to take on the last place Manhattan Jaspers tomorrow for their senior night the Red Foxes are looking to make a late season push for the playoffs after coming off a huge win over the number eight team in the country, Stony Brook.
One impact player of the game was sophomore standout, Gannon Morrison. Morrison’s four shots on goal all found the back of the net, as he continuoulsy tied the game each time for the Red Foxes. Morrison’s fourth goal was his most important however, as with a mere fourteen-seconds left in regulation, Morrison whipped one by Zach Oliveri, the sea wolves goalie, and sent the game into overtime.
“Four goals is my career high, from top to bottom offensively that was our best game of the year, we only had three offensive turnovers, so we were just moving the ball and able to get into good situations and able to put them away,” said Morrison.
Another noticeable performance from the game was that of freshman, Thomas Rago, who after receiving a pass from Morrison, placed a spot on goal with 30.5 second remaining in the overtime period. Between that goal and Morrison’s end of regulation score, the Red Foxes found a way to come up clutch when it mattered.
Individual accomplishments certainly propelled the team forward during the game, but Marist’s ability to play shut-down defense and use situational ball movement was what made the difference in this matchup.
“I think our defense played unbelievable, so if that doesn’t give them confidence against one of the best offenses in the country then I don’t what will and offensively I think that was the best we have looked all year, we were playing fast, getting great looks at the goal all game and I think that that’s what it is, it’s going to give us a great confidence going forward,” said senior attack, Joesph Radin.
Radin also added to Morrison’s four goals and scooped up five ground balls on the day. Radin currently sits at the top of the all time scoring list for the Red Foxes and looks forward to playing in the MLL next year for the Charolette Hounds. Although excited about his opportunity to play professional lacrosse, he is keeping his head here in Poughkeepsie, as he prepares for a big conference matchup against the Manhattan Jaspers, which is also his last home game at Tenney stadium.
“It’s going to be an emotional day for our seniors, parents, fans, you know through these four years it has been a lot of fun, but you know after that ceremony we are looking forward to just another MAC game and beating Manhattan and getting into that tournament,” said Radin.
As the end of the season quickly approaches, the focus of the Red Foxes is fixated on their next few games, two of which are critical conference games vs. Manhattan and Detroit. Marist will face all three of their opponents on the road and will need to stay mentally tough in order to uphold their position in the MAAC conference.
“We got a couple tough games coming up with Manhattan and Detroit in the conference and then NJIT, we hope to get a couple wins. We are going to do what we always do, our coaches are doing a great job of preparing us, we have been working hard all week, and we are looking forward to coming out with three big wins,” said Radin.
Marist takes on the Manhattan Jaspers tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. and the game will be available to watch on the Red Fox network. For senior night, the Red Foxes will hold a pregame ceremony honoring their senior. Departing the team this year are Joesph Radin, Ryan Cook, Dillion Walker, Tyler Vallie, Tommy Celmer, and Dylan Woods.↑ Back to top