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Marist Men’s Lacrosse Falls Short to Monmouth in MAAC Finale

By Michael K. Conway

In a tight matchup that came down to the final minutes of play, the Marist College Men’s Lacrosse team lost 9-8 in their final game in the MAAC championship round to the #1 Monmouth Hawks. This is their third MAAC championship loss in the past four years.  While Monmouth dominated Marist in the first half of play, a strong Red Fox comeback during the second half gave the Hawks a run for their money.

Junior midfielder Kyle Quinn scored Marist’s first goal of the game about halfway through the first quarter, tying up the game at 1-1.   Quinn scored again in the second quarter, but it was not enough to overcome five Monmouth goals.  Although Monmouth dominated the second quarter, junior midfielder Gannon Morrison sent the Red Foxes into halftime with an unassisted strike that found the back of the net for Marist’s third score.  Morrison scored an unassisted goal in the third quarter to start off a four-goal run for the Red Foxes.  Mitchell Standera added a pair of goals, and a single unassisted shot from freshman attack Joe Tierney gave Marist a 7-6 lead in the third. With their first lead of the game, it seemed that was Marist was on fire.

With eight seconds left in a Marist-dominated third, Monmouth senior attack Chris Daly scored on redshirt goalie Brian Corrigan to even things up at 7-7 going into the fourth. Monmouth came out strong, scoring twice in the fourth, taking back their lead and making the game 9-7.  A Marist comeback felt possible as Morrison shortened the lead to a single goal with a strike to the net leaving 0:56 on the clock. Marist had the ball but was unable to muster the magic they had against Siena and watched a failed connection in front of the goal with a few seconds left on the clock. At the final buzzer, the scoreboard read 9-8 with Monmouth taking the win.

“I am really proud of the guys,” said Marist head coach Keegan Wilkinson.  “Just to qualify for the championship again took a lot of hard work and determination from the staff, [the] players, and the seniors. Really tough to see this one end but hats off to Monmouth; they had an unbelievable year, and they came to play today.”

With a play-in game scheduled against the Bryant Bulldogs, the MAAC champions will play for a bid against #1 overall Maryland for the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse tournament.

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