POUGHKEEPSIE N.Y. – The Marist men’s lacrosse team (8-2, 4-0 MAAC) will look to stay undefeated in conference play when they host Siena (5-7, 3-1 MAAC) at Tenney Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. With a win, the Red Foxes can clinch the top seed at next month’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament. Saturday will also serve as Senior Day as the team will celebrate its 14 seniors in a pregame ceremony. Subscribe to the Red Fox Network to catch the action live or tune in on the Marist radio station, WMAR.
LAST TIME OUT: Marist went south and won a crucial conference game against Jacksonville by the score of 14-11. The Red Foxes trailed at halftime before answering with seven goals in the third period. The attack was led by Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) who received MAAC offensive player of the week honors for his four goals and three assists.
The stellar defensive effort was led by MAAC defensive player of the week, Dave Scarcello (Buffalo, NY) who limited Jacksonville to just 11 goals. The Red Foxes held their opponent to 35 shots while registering 48 attempts of their own.
Key offensive contributions were also made by Joe Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Drew Nesmith (Montclair, N.J.) who added two goals apiece. Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) played a major role by dishing out four assists.
RECENT HISTORY VERSUS SIENA: Marist fell to Siena twice last season including an 11-9 defeat in the semifinals of the MAAC tournament. Siena overcame a 7-6 deficit in the final period led by a four goal performance from Colin Clive.
Connor Rice stood out in that contest for the Red Foxes as he assisted on three of the team’s nine goals.
Siena’s recent MAAC dominance including four straight regular season conference titles has been felt by Marist. The Saints have defeated Marist eight straight times dating back to 2006.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS: Siena got off to a 2-7 start before winning their last three games. The Saints now stand at 5-7 overall and are tied for second in the MAAC with a 3-1 conference record.
Siena has been stingy on the defensive end, allowing an average of just eight goals per game during their winning streak. Offensively, junior Colin Clive and sophomore Conor Prunty lead a balanced attack. The Saints feature six players with over 20 points including standout senior Danny Martinson. Martinson is the only returning player out of the five Saints that were named to the 2012 All-MAAC First Team.
Siena’s 11.33 goals per game is second in the MAAC only to the 12.5 averaged by the Red Foxes.
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.