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Marist Menís Lacrosse To Face Siena In MAAC Championship Game On Saturday

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Release: May 02, 2014
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist men’s lacrosse team (6-8, 3-3 MAAC) picked up a thrilling 11-9 victory over third-seeded Detroit on Thursday night, 11-9. With the win, the Red Foxes advance to their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship game since 2005. The game is slated to begin on Saturday, May 3 at Tenney Stadium at 11 a.m.

Live stats will be available through GoRedFoxes.com. The championship game will be aired on Time Warner Cable and on ESPN3 in select areas. The ESPN3 broadcast will be blacked out in New York State regions with Time Warner Cable and only air on ESPN3 following the live broadcast.

Free breakfast will be offered to Marist students outside the stadium beginning at 10 a.m. All Marist students with a valid student ID will also receive free admission to the game. 

Last Time Out: In a rematch of the MAAC semi-finals from last season, Marist topped defending MAAC Champion, Detroit, 11-9. The Red Foxes scored four goals in the final 3:54, and held Detroit scoreless over the final 8:33. Junior Drew Nesmith (Montclair, N.J.) and sophomore Joseph Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) each netted a hat trick and added one assist in the victory. Junior goalkeeper Dave Scarcello (Buffalo, N.Y.) had a phenomenal game in goal for the Red Foxes, stopping 15 shots.

Freshman J.D. Recor (Lancaster, N.Y.) scored two goals, including the game-winner, and dished out one assist for a total three points. Juniors Colin Joka (Conshohocken, Pa.), Mike Begley (Brookeville, Md.), and freshman Connor O'Neill (Sayville, N.Y.) added one goal apiece. Joka and O'Neill also passed out one helper each.

Sophomore Dominic Montemurro (Kings Park, N.Y.) won the battle at the X, victorious in 14-of-23 face-offs. Radin collected a game-high five ground balls while senior Gannon Osborn (Canandaigua, N.Y.) picked up four.

Strong Finish: The momentum shifted in Marist’s favor in the fourth quarter as Marist held Detroit scoreless for the final 8:33 of play and scored four goals in the last 3:54 of the game to secure the win. With the Red Foxes trailing 9-7 in the final four minutes, J.D. Recor scored of an assist from Joseph Radin to bring Marist within one. Less than 50 seconds later, Drew Nesmith tied the game at nine-all, assisted by Coonnor O’Neill, with 3:06 left to play. J.D. Recor hit the game-winning goal with 2:51 left in the fourth, assisted by Colin Joka. Mike Begley snuck one last goal in with three seconds remaining to secure Marist’s 11-9 victory.

Last Meeting: Marist’s upstate rival, Siena, edged Marist in the regular season meeting 9-8. Joseph Radin and Drew Nesmith scored all of Marist’s goals, netting four each. Dave Scarcello had an incredible game in the net, notching 15 saves.

This Hasn’t Happened In Nine Years: The last time Marist advanced to the MAAC Championship game was in 2005. The Red Foxes topped Providence in the semi-finals, 9-5 and went on to defeat Mount St. Mary’s in the title game, 10-6. And what do you know, it was held here in Poughkeepsie. Marist drew top-seeded Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and dropped a 22-6 decision.

Underclassmen Lead Up Top: Freshman J.D. Recor leads Marist with 47 points on 17 goals and a team-high 30 assists. J.D. Recor’s 30 assists are best for ninth nationally, first among all freshmen in the country, and second in the MAAC. His 30 assists also break J.D. Recor into the top ten in program history for assists in a single season, currently tied for ninth. J.D. Recor has nabbed four MAAC Rookie of the Week honors this season and was name to the Second Team All-MAAC as well as the MAAC All-Rookie team. Sophomore Joseph Radin, the 2013 MAAC Rookie of the Year, has recorded 45 points this season on a team-high 37 goals and eight assists. Joseph Radin ranks 20th nationally and second in the MAAC for goals per game (2.64). He was named to the First Team All-MAAC at this past weekend’s awards banquet.

Junior Class Trinity: A trio of juniors – Mike Begley, Colin Joka, and Drew Nesmith – round out the top five for Marist, all posting 30+ points. On attack, Colin Joka has 37 points on 32 goals and five assists. He ranks 30th nationally and tied for fourth in the MAAC with Drew Nesmith for goals per game (2.21) and 14th in the nation and second in the conference for shot percentage (45.7). Midfielders Drew Nesmith (31g, 4a) and Mike Begley (20g, 11a) have posted 35 and 31 points respectively. Drew Nesmith and Mike Begley were both named to the First Team All-MAAC at the midfield position.

Eaker Picks Up: Long-stick midfielder Patrick Eaker currently has collected 44 ground balls, a new season-high for the junior (16 in 2012 and 38 in 2013) and currently ranking second on the team behind face-off specialist Dominic Montemurro (71). He also has a team-high 12 caused-turnovers. Patrick Eaker’s 42 ground balls places him seventh in the MAAC and he finishes eighth in conference for caused-turnovers. Patrick Eaker was named the MAAC Co-Long Stick Midfielder of the Year for the second consecutive season as well as the First Team All-MAAC.

Dom Is Dominant At The X: Dominic Montemurro has won 188-336 face-offs this season for the Red Foxes, posting a winning-percentage of 56.0 percent. As of May 1, his winning-percentage ranked 24th nationally and third in the MAAC. Dominic Montemurro has picked up a team-high 71 ground balls this season, ranking 38th nationally and fifth in the MAAC.

Scarcello Secures The Net: Dave Scarcello has started 12-of-14 games in the net for Marist, posting a save-percentage of 49.3 percent. He has allowed 144 goals this season for a goals-against average of 11.52. Dave Scarello has made 140 saves this year. He ranks sixth in the MAAC in both save percentage and saves per game.

Joka Is No Joke: In Marist’s season-opener against Stony Brook, Colin Joka scored a career-high seven goals, tying for third in program history for goals in a single game. This is the first time since 2001 a Red Fox scored seven goals in a game.

Nesmith Flourishes Against Ranked Opponents: Marist faced two ranked opponents this season: #5 Denver and #16 Hofstra. The Red Foxes fell to Denver in their second game of the year, 15-9. Drew Nesmith had three goals to lead the Red Foxes alongside a game-high six ground balls. Later in the season against Hofstra, Drew Nesmith netted a career-high six goals on eight shots in Marist’s 15-10 loss.

Clearing Their Way To The Top: The Red Foxes lead the nation and the MAAC in clearing percentage, clearing 93.3 percent of the time (194-208).

Tournament Tiebreaker: Marist closed out the year 5-8 overall and 3-3 in the MAAC. The Titans finished the regular season at 6-7 and 3-3 in the MAAC. Both teams were a part of a five-way tie for second place. Since the mini-conference record among all teams was the same, it came down to goal differential with Marist (+9) getting the second seed, Detroit (+1) the third and Canisius (-2) the fourth and Quinnipiac (-2) and Manhattan (-6) on the outside looking in. The Griffs got in over Quinnipiac by beating the Bobcats during the regular season.

Falling By One: All three conference games the Red Foxes lost this year were by one goal. Marist fell to conference rival, Siena, 9-8, to open up MAAC play. The Red Foxes then lost to Manhattan at home despite a riveting comeback, 14-13. Its final MAAC loss of the year came against Detroit as Marist dropped a 12-11 decision.

Too Many Close Calls: In Marist’s eight losses this season, five have been by three or less goals and three have been by just one goal. All three one-goal losses were against MAAC opponents. In the three losses by more than three goals, two were against ranked opponents.

Decade of MAAC Tournament History: This is the fifth straight year the Marist men’s lacrosse team has made it into the MAAC Tournament. In the past four seasons, the Red Foxes have fell to either Detroit or Siena in the semi-finals. In the past decade, the only year Marist won in the semi-finals was in 2005. The Red Foxes went on to claim the MAAC Championship title over Mount St. Mary’s, 10-6, and make its first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. Marist fell to top-seeded Johns Hopkins, 22-6.

2012-13: Lost to Detroit in semi-finals, 7-6

2011-12: Lost to Siena in semi-finals, 11-9

2010-11: Lost to Detroit in semi-finals, 9-8

2009-10: Lost to Siena in semi-finals, 9-7

2008-09: Did not qualify for MAAC Tournament

2007-08: Did not qualify for MAAC Tournament

2006-07: Did not qualify for MAAC Tournament

2005-06: Lost to Providence in semi-finals, 11-10 (OT)

2004-05: Defeated Providence in semi-finals, 9-5.

               Defeated Mount St. Mary’s in finals, 10-6.

               Lost to No. 1 John’s Hopkins in NCAA Tournament first round, 22-6

2003-04: Lost to Manhattan in semi-finals, 10-7

Closing Out Regular Season Play On High Note: The Red Foxes finished regular season play with two MAAC wins over Monmouth and Canisius. Marist defeated the Griffs by six goals, the most it defeated any opponent by this season. The Red Foxes also held Canisius to just one goal in the opening 30 minutes of play to post an 8-1 lead at the half. One goal is the fewest number of goals allowed in one half of play by Marist all season.

Remembering Edward Coombs: Edward Coombs, a former student-athlete on the Marist men’s lacrosse team, tragically passed away in August 2011. Edward Coombs saw action in all 14 games during his freshman campaign with four starts. He scored his first career goal in the Red Foxes’ upset over Albany on March 22, 2011. Edward Coombs finished his career with 25 ground balls and a team second-best 16 caused turnovers.

For each game in the three seasons since Edwards Coombs’ passing, one player is selected by the coaching staff to wear his legendary #34 jersey. Senior captain and good friend of Edward’s, Gannon Osborn, has been given the honor of representing Edward throughout the MAAC Tournament and will be wearing #34 in the championship game on Saturday.

All players on the Marist lacrosse team also wear patched on their jersey that say “EC” and all have a piece of tape on their helmets that reads “EC34” or “Play Fast, Live Slow”.

Saints Advance For Sixth Time: The Saints, who have yet to lose to a MAAC opponent this season, advance to their sixth consecutive MAAC Championship game. Of the five championships the Saints have already participated in, Siena has claimed two titles but lost the other three games by just one goal. Here is a look at Siena’s championship game history:

2013: Lost to Detroit 11-10 (OT)

2012: Lost to Canisius 10-9

2011: Defeated Detroit 12-3

2010: Lost to Mount St. Mary’s 7-6

2009: Defeated Manhattan 9-5

 

Siena Proves Stingy For Red Foxes: Marist and Siena have not met in the finals before but the Red Foxes did lose to the Saints in semi-finals matches in 2010 (9-7) and 2012 (11-9).

Saints Claim Major MAAC Awards: Richie Hurley (Offensive Player of the Year), Casey Dowd (Faceoff Specialist of the Year) and head coach John Svec (Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year) headlined Siena Lacrosse's MAAC award winners at the conference's banquet in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Saints set a program record with 11 All-MAAC selections and six Second Team All-MAAC honorees. Brendan Meehan and Conor Prunty joined Hurley on the All-MAAC First Team, while Nate Barry, Colin Clive, Tommy Cordts, Kyle Curry, Adam Hall and Jake Kissick earned Second Team honors. Freshmen Joe Arcarese and Jordan Barlow were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.

Scouting the Saints: Richie Hurley leads the Saints with 75 points on a team-high 32 goals and 43 assists. Conor Prunty is second on the team with 33 points on 25 goals and eight assists. The rest of the Saints’ attack, Colin Clive (25g, 8a) and Jordan Barlow (20g, 6a) have recorded 30 and 26 points, respectively. Nate Barry has notched 25 points on 14 goals and 11 assists while Kyle Curry has 21 goals and two assists for 23 points.

The Saints posted their second undefeated conference season in three years, finishing a perfect 6-0. Two of its five losses this season came against ranked opponents (#1/2 Syracuse 19-7, #20/16 Hofstra 7-6).