Recor makes history as men’s lacrosse makes it to fourth MAAC Championship in a row

By Michael K. Conway

In an 8-5 victory, the Marist Men’s Lacrosse team knocked out the Canisius Golden Griffs and earned their ticket to their fourth consecutive MAAC championship, with senior attack JD Recor landing his spot in MAAC history as the all-time assist leader in the conference.  

Recor’s assist to junior midfielder Gannon Morrison marked his 130th career assist, dethroning Eugene Tanner (2005) of Manhattan College.  Recor is humbled by the accolade, but is more focused on winning his second MAAC championship ring in an upcoming battle against the Monmouth Hawks.  “It is a tremendous honor, and something I have worked for, for all my four years here, and it is a testament to the guys who have been able to score the ball for the offense off my passes,” said Recor, “but it is all about getting that ring on Sunday.”  

Recor’s three assists and his pair of goals help fueled the team’s victory. The Red Foxes came out hot, scoring within the first two minutes of the game.  Junior midfielder Kyle Quinn fired a shot that put the Foxes up 1-0 and set the tone of the game. Marist continued to control the game, scoring again in the first and then adding four more goals in the second period, giving them a 6-3 lead coming out of the half. “I thought we controlled the pace of the game the whole time, and that starts with winning faceoffs and that’s Matt Galioto doing a great job for us,” said Recor.

The win against Canisius was big for the Red Foxes, as earlier in the year they fell to Canisius in a 16-6 blowout.  Marist was able to prevail by preventing Canisius from scoring in transition and denying them man-up opportunities.  In their last matchup, the Golden Griffs scored ten goals off of transition plays and man-up opportunities, but this time they were stunted by a calm and effective Marist midfield.  Redshirt junior Brian Corrigan said that stopping Canisius’ transition game was a key focus coming into this matchup.  “In that 17-6 loss at the beginning of the year we gave up 10 goals during man-down and transition so we knew if we could hold them to six-on-six then we could get our matchups we would be fine and settle down,” said Corrigan. 

The Red Fox’s shift their focus from the Saturday night lights of Tenney stadium and now look ahead to their biggest challenge yet, the Hawks. “It definitely will be a little bit more chippy of a game,” said Corrigan.  “Monmouth and us have a great history over these last four years and they have done a great job over the last four years building that program, and they have a great group of senior leaders who have gotten them to the point today.”  Monmouth’s lacrosse team is only four years old, while Marist’s team has made it to the MAAC championship game four years in a row.  In other words, it is going to be a matchup of the new kids on the block and the old guy who has seen a thing or two.

“They are a great team and a new program, but they are a strong rivalry so they are going to be excited, we are going to be excited,” said Morrison.   

The Marist Men’s Lacrosse team takes on the #1 Monmouth Hawks at Tenney Stadium on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the MAAC championship finale.

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