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Red Foxes Improve to 3-1 After Defeating Binghamton

On the heels of a four-game road trip to start the 2017 season, the Marist Red Foxes have come out on top with a 3-1 record. Taking care of Colgate, #14 Air Force and now the Binghamton Bearcats, their only loss came at the hands of the six time national champs Princeton University. The Red Foxes have started off the season hot and are looking forward to coming home for their first home game this week against Drexel University.

Marist’s win against #14 Air Force was the first ranked team the team has played this year. After doing battle with Air Force last year and losing after 4-overtime periods, the longest in Division I history, it felt good to take their revenge. “They beat us last year in that 4-overtime game which kind of stuck with us the whole year,” said senior attack J.D. Recor. Netting three goals alongside junior attack Gannon Morrison, the Red Foxes took that game 10-4. “After losing that overtime game last year we definitely wanted to go back out for some revenge and play good lacrosse,” said Morrison.

The Foxes were flying high after Air Force but their next game against Princeton was not as sweet. Losing to the Tigers 10-6, the Red Foxes experienced some of the highs and lows of the game, as they got out to a 3-0 start in the first period. “We felt that we had Princeton slip away from us a little bit, but we came out with a fast start and went up three goals and then felt that lead go away so we wish we could have that back but now all we can do is bounce back,” said Recor. With three assists from Recor and two more goals from Morrison they sit together on the top of the leaderboard this year with eight goals for Recor and nine for Morrison. Recor’s eight assists leaves him two short of the all-time assists record for Marist Men’s Lacrosse.

The scoreboard and stats are impressive parts of Marist’s strong attack unit, but the true victory this season has been with their face-offs. A paramount part of the game, the new face-off crew has been a truly instrumental part of the teams early success. The pair that do their work at midfield are freshman Peyton Smith and junior transfer from Ohio State, Matt Galloto.

Galloto has seen most of the time at midfield, nabbing 20 of his 44 face-offs and is nicely supplemented by Smith who has managed to grab 13 of the 14 face offs he’s been commissioned to go get. “I can’t emphasize enough how important the face offs have been in the first three games,” said head coach Keegan Wilkinson. Last year the Red Foxes suffered at the face-off position, and now to get some true position players there has been beneficial in aiding the Red Foxes at the beginning of the game. Smith and Galloto have been complementary to the fast-paced offense set by Morrison and Recor, and the team certainly seems to be finding its rhythm early in the year.

The Red Foxes next challenge finds them at home next Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. against Drexel University at Tenney Stadium.

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