Marist Men’s Lacrosse Ends Three-Game Skid with Win Over Holy Cross

The Marist men’s lacrosse team has found its momentum again after a strong 8-5 outing over Holy Cross. With efforts in the goal by redshirt junior Brian Corrigan and a dynamic three-goal game from senior midfielder John Vigh, the Red Foxes’ most recent games are resembling their early season successes.

The spotlight shone bright on Corrigan in goal with his 19 saves, but he shared it with senior midfielder John Vigh who recorded a hat trick in the game, scoring three goals in the 8-5 win. “We were coming off of three losses so we knew we needed to turn it around. We needed some big performances both offensively and defensively,” said Corrigan. Junior attack Gannon Morrison had a quiet, behind the scenes role during the game only putting up one goal, but dishing out three assists.

Fellow senior attack JD Recor did his part quietly too, serving up two assists and snagging two ground balls. “Snapping the losing streak was the main thing, just getting back on track, we knew that however we could have [gotten] the win we would take it after losing three straight, but the offense picked it up a little bit compared to the last three games and defense locked it down like normal, and we got the big W for us,” said Vigh. The Marist team has struggled in their past three games as a team but had done a better job at scoring consistently through the game and putting up a tough defensive effort. The most important takeaway from the Holy Cross game is the shift in momentum for the team as they head into the rest of the season with those three games behind them. “It definitely feels good to beat Holy Cross this past week and snap that losing streak we had. It was a long week of practice and a good week of prep and it was good to come out with that win,” said Recor.

Coming off of a tough three game skid, Marist has been able to refocus its energy midseason and set its sights on the back half of the year. With a 5-4 overall record, the Red Foxes lost their only MAAC conference game to Canisius, dropping them to the bottom of the conference early. Although their ability to beat tough and nationally ranked teams early on in the year has been noticed, their ability to play and win in their conference is what’s on deck for the rest of the season. As their schedule sits now, they will play every Saturday against a MAAC opponent for the rest of the season. With literally every opportunity to prove their position in the MAAC conference, their first challenge comes this weekend against the Monmouth Hawks.

Monmouth had proven to be a tough obstacle in the past despite their recent history, but has never been too tough of a hill for Marist to climb. “When you look at the tops in the conference over the last few years it is usually Marist and Monmouth defensively, so you know it’s going to be a tough game; you know it is going to be a battle. We know that they are hungry and motivated for this because they haven’t beaten us in the past,” said head coach Keegan Wilkinson.

Marist always plays with a chip on their shoulder and rightly so. In the preseason coaches’ poll, Monmouth trumped Marist for the #2 spot, leaving the Red Foxes in the #3 spot despite having never beaten them. With that rivalry being stoked again, it’s fair to say that Marist has a lot to play for this weekend. “We really want this one this weekend against Monmouth. We have kind of created a rivalry with them in the past couple of years against them; we have played them four different times in the past two years and it is always a close game with them,” said Recor.

Marist takes on Monmouth this weekend under the lights at Tenney Stadium at 7 p.m.

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