POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist travels to Jacksonville on Saturday for a 1 p.m. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) matchup against the Dolphins. The game is a battle for first place in the MAAC as both teams enter Saturday with undefeated records in conference play.
LAST TIME OUT: Marist fell late to the University of Delaware in a non-conference contest that featured a game winning goal with 1:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Red Foxes lost 8-7 but featured several standout performances.
Mike Begley (Brookeville, Md.) and Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) each scored two goals and Drew Nesmith (Montclair, N.J.) had a pair of assists. Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.), Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Aedan Herman (Stafford, Va.) also all scored once. Dave Scarcello (Buffalo, N.Y.) tied a career-high with 12 saves in net for the Red Foxes.
RECENT HISTORY VERSUS JACKSONVILLE: Marist has a relatively new history with the Dolphins only playing each other twice in the past two years, with the Red Foxes winning both of those meetings. The games have been hard fought with last year’s 9-7 win and the previous year’s victory coming in overtime with a final score of 9-8.
In last season’s 9-7 win, Jack Doherty led the Red Foxes' offensive with four points while Craig Goodermote (Sachem, N.Y.) turned away eight Jacksonville shots to highlight Marist's defensive effort before nearly 750 fans at Tenney Stadium.
SCOUTING THE DOLPHINS: Jacksonville comes into Saturday’s game with a 6-3 overall record, an unblemished 4-0 mark in the MAAC and riding a program best four game winning streak. The Dolphins feature three players with 11 or more goals on the season. Among these three, Cameron Mann leads with 13 goals and a total of 20 points. Jacksonville has averaged 9.56 goals per game while allowing their opponents an average of 9.89 goals per game. Jacksonville has won twice in overtime this season and have an advantage on ground balls, turnovers and caused turnovers against their opponents. Goalie Peter DeLuca has a 6-2 overall record as a starter with a .580 save percentage.
HONORING EDDIE COOMBS: As they did last season, for the entirety of this season, the Red Foxes are honoring the memory of Eddie Coombs. Each game, a member of the team will wear his #34 jersey. The player, who will be chosen by the coaches prior to each game, must earn the honor in practice and in the previous game.