DURHAM, N.C. - The Marist men's lacrosse team finished on the short end for the first time this season, dropping a 19-11 decision at 12th-ranked Duke Monday night. It was the Red Foxes first loss in six games this spring.
Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) had five points for the second time in three days, finishing with a goal and four assists. Mike Begley (Brookeville, Md.) found the back of the net four times and Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), who just hours before the game was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, scored twice. Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) and Gannon Osborn (Canandaigua, N.Y.) each had a goal and an assist. Dave Scarcello (Buffalo, N.Y.) played the entire game in net and made 11 saves.
Drew Nesmith (Montclair, N.J.) put the Red Foxes (5-1, 1-0 MAAC) on the board first with a goal at the 12:10 mark. Rice tallied his first assist of the game on the goal.
Duke (6-4) scored seven of the next eight goals however to take a 7-2 lead with 11:48 left in the second quarter.
Rice scored with 9:10 on the clock to stop the Blue Devils' run and start a four-goal streak for Marist. Doherty scored just 55 seconds later and Begley scored two of his goals, both unassisted, to pull the Red Foxes within one at 7-6 with 1:53 left before halftime.
Duke however scored twice in the final 1:18 to take a 9-6 lead at the midway point. The Blue Devils also scored the first to goals of the third quarter to open a five-goal lead, 11-6, with 12:22 left in the period.
Begley scored his final two goals and Doherty added his second, but Marist still trailed 14-9 going into the fourth quarter.
Aedan Herman (Stafford, Va.) scored on an assist from Rice at the 12:05 mark to pull the Red Foxes to within 14-10, but Duke scored the next five goals to put the game away.
Marist jumps back into conference action when it travels to Canisius, the defending MAAC Champions, for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday.