BUFFALO, N.Y. – Fourth-seeded Detroit scored with just 1:25 remaining in the game, upsetting the top-seeded Marist men’s lacrosse team 7-6 on Friday evening the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) semifinals.
The Red Foxes twice held two-goal leads in the game, scoring all six of their goals in quick bursts. Joseph Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) scored two goals and Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) had two assists to lead the Marist offense. Gannon Osborn (Canandaigua, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist and Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Drew Nesmith (Montclair, N.J.) and Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) all scored. Dave Scarcello (Buffalo, N.Y.) made 12 saves in goal. The Red Foxes put 23 shots on goal, but Detroit goalie A.J. Levell made 17 saves.
Marist jumped on the board first when long-stick midfielder Ben Willett (Portsmouth, R.I.) made a great play, chasing down a Detroit player and knocking the ball out of his stick. On the transition, Osborn took a pass and, after dodging around a defender, ripped a shot to give the Red Foxes a 1-0 lead.
Just 17 seconds later, after Matt Dugan (Cortland, N.Y.) won the face-off for Marist, Begley found Radin for a quick second strike to make the score 2-0 in favor of Marist at the 9:27 mark of the first quarter.
Detroit answered with a goal with 2:42 left in the opening quarter, but the Red Foxes maintained a 2-1 advantage after the first 15 minutes. They forced Detroit into eight turnovers in the first quarter and only allowed five shots attempts.
Marist was a perfect three for three in penalty kills in the second quarter, but Detroit scored with just seven seconds left to knot the game at 2-2 going into halftime.
The score remained the same for the first five minutes of the third quarter until Radin beat his defender out of the corner and ran out to the front of the net. His shot just skipped past the goalie for his second goal of the game to give the Red Foxes a 3-2 lead with 9:08 on the clock. The goal broke a 30:18 scoreless streak.
A little over a minute later, after a an errant pass send the ball back into Marist’s defensive zone, T.J. McDermott won the scramble for a loose ball and sent it over to Osborn to carry back into the offensive zone. Osborn quickly found Doherty alone at the top of the crease who then buried a shot past the Detroit goaltender and inside the post to again give the Red Foxes a two-goal lead at 4-2 with 6:32 left in the third quarter.
The offense would go cold again however, not scoring again for another 17:22. Meanwhile, Detroit would score four unanswered goals to take a two-goal advantage of its own at 6-4 with 4:46 left.
However, just 36 seconds after Detroit’s sixth goal, Rice found Nesmith streaking towards the goal. Nesmith took the pass and fired a high shot that found the back of the net to cut the deficit to just one at 6-5 with 4:10 remaining.
Only 42 seconds later, Rice again hooked up with a teammate from behind the net, this time finding Marks on the edge of the crease. Marks one-timed the pass into the right side of the goal to tie the game back up at 6-6 with 3:28 remaining.
The Titan’s Mike Birney scored his third of the game with 1:25 left and Detroit won the ensuing face-off and ran the clock out.
Marist ends a successful 2013 season with a 10-4 record. The Red Foxes registered the most wins by a Marist team since the 2004 season and won a share of the MAAC Regular Season Championship with a 5-1 MAAC record. Seven Red Foxes were named to All-MAAC postseason team and Marist took home four major postseason awards – Rice (MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, Radin (Rookie of the Year), Patrick Eaker (Co-Long Stick Midfielder of the Year) and Keegan Wilkinson (Coach of the Year).