POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist men's lacrosse team was voted to finish second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in the Preseason Coaches' Poll released by InsideLacrosse.com. In the preseason national rankings, Marist was selected as the 45th-ranked team.
The Red Foxes also had three players - senior attack man Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Drew Nesmith (Montclair, N.J.) and senior defender Ethan Fox (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) - were named to the All-Conference Team.
Rice has led Marist in scoring each of the last two seasons and was a member of the All-MAAC Second Team in 2012 after making the First Team in 2011. Last year, he scored 17 goals, tying for second on the team, and recorded a team-high 26 assists for 43 points. He was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 28 after a five point performance (three goals, two assists) at Sacred Heart. Rice ranked second in the MAAC and 13th nationally, averaging 1.86 assists per game, and was 44th in the country and sixth in the MAAC with 3.07 points per game
Named to the 2012 All-MAAC Second Team, Nesmith finished tied for second on the team with 17 goals, including a league-high four game-winning goals, and was fourth on the Red Foxes with 22 points. He was also fifth on the team in ground balls, scooping up 28. He took 66 shots on the season, the second most on the Red Foxes. He earned back-to-back MAAC Rookie of the Week awards on April 2 and April 9. He finished the season 4th amongst all freshman midfielders in the country for scoring, which helped him earn a spot on InsideLacrosse.com's list of Top 25 Freshman in the country.
Fox was second on the team in 2012 with 15 caused turnovers, and fourth with 32 ground balls. He also scored his second career goal in the Red Foxes' game versus St. Joseph's and was named to the All-MAAC Second Team.
In the article breaking down the MAAC, senior attack Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) was labeled as the "Breakout Stud" for the conference:
"The senior attack man from Yorktown Heights, N.Y. has done one thing through his college career: produce points. After transferring from Binghamton after a freshman season that saw him gain All-Rookie notice in the America East, Doherty has scored 61 goals and dished 20 assists for the Red Foxes over the last two years. One thing he has not done is make First-Team All-MAAC; both of those performances earned him Second-Team notice. Marist seems poised to challenge for the MAAC crown, and if they do, Doherty could grab two firsts - an NCAA tourney berth and First-Team All-MAAC."
The Red Foxes will open their 2013 campaign with two home games in February. They will host Stony Brook , the 2012 America East champions, in the season-opener on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sacred Heart will visit Tenney Stadium a week later on Feb. 23.