POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist men’s lacrosse team had its most successful season in nearly a decade, finishing the 2013 with a 10-4 record. The Red Foxes registered the most wins by a Marist team since the 2004 season and went 5-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) place, winning a share of the MAAC Regular Season Championship. Unfortunately, Marist’s season came to a premature conclusion on May 3 as the Red Foxes fell to Detroit 7-6 in the MAAC semifinals.
With Duke’s 16-10 victory over Syracuse in the national championship game at the end of last month, the NCAA released its final statistical rankings for the 2013 season. The Red Foxes finished in the top 25 in the country in 11 of the 14 categories and several Red Foxes also ranked nationally in individual statistics.
This year Marist has outscored their opponents by a margin of 2.86 goals per game which finished 10th overall in the nation. The total goals breakdown was 167 for the Red Foxes to 127 for their opponents.
Marist scored 167 goals on the season averaging 11.93 per game which was good for 10th in the nation. Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y) scored a team high of 33 goals on the season and was 30th in the nation with an average of 2.36 goals per game.
The Red Foxes scored on 29% (167-576) of the shots they took, ranking 24th overall in shooting percentage. Marist averaged 41.1 shots per game.
Of Marist’s 167 goals in 2013, 99 received assists as the Red Foxes finished tied for 14th in assists per game with 7.00. Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) led Marist and the entire MAAC with 30 assists on the season and tied for 12th in all of Division I with 2.14 assists per game.
Marist finished 10th in nation in points per game with an average of 18.93. Two individuals finished in the Top 50 as Rice finished tied for 31st, averaging 3.50 points per game, and Doherty averaged 3.21, good for 43rd.
Marist also enjoyed success at the face-off X, winning 53.1% (179-337) of all draws on the year to rank 21st in the country. Senior Matt Dugan (Cortland, N.Y.) led the way for the Red Foxes, winning 140 out of 253 face-offs, for a .553 winning percentage to place him 19th overall in the nation.
Dugan also led the Red Foxes in ground balls per game averaging 5.36 which put him 29th nationally. The Red Foxes finished 6th overall as a team averaging 35.86 ground balls a game.
The Red Foxes finished the season ranked 17th in scoring defense, allowing just 9.07 goals per game. A large part of Marist’s defensive success was sophomore goalie Dave Scarcello (Buffalo, N.Y.) who, in his first year as the Red Foxes’ starter, ranked in the top 50 in all three goalie categories. He was 17th in the nation with a goals against average of 9.01. He also finished 29th in save percentage, stopping 53.1% of the shots on goal that he faced. His 9.86 saves per game average was good for 38th overall.
The Red Foxes finished among the elite in defensive categories finishing the season in 8th overall in caused turnovers per game with 9.14. Marist was led by senior Ethan Fox (Yorktown Heights, N.Y), a First Team All-MAAC selection, who finished 47th in nation with 1.36 caused turnovers per game.
With a .754 percentage in Man-Down Defense the Red foxes finished at 6th overall in the nation.
Marist was guided by second-year head coach Keegan Wilkinson, who led the Red Foxes to a .714 winning percentage, good for the 10th highest winning percentage in the country. Wilkinson was named the MAAC Coach of the Year and three other individuals won major postseason awards from the conference. Rice capped a brilliant Marist career by being named the MAAC Player of the Year and was later named an Honorable Mention All-American. Freshman Joseph Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) was selected as the MAAC Rookie of the Year after finishing second on the team with 22 goals, tying for second with 12 assists and third with 34 points. Sophomore Patrick Eaker (Redding, Conn.) was named the Co-Long Stick Midfielder of the Year after causing 17 turnovers, the second highest on the Red Foxes and scooping up 38 ground balls, tying for second in that category.