POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist men’s lacrosse team saw much success in 2014, making an appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) men’s lacrosse championship game for the first time since 2005. The Red Foxes capped off the year 6-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play, earning the No. 2 seed for the MAAC tournament.
Marist kicked off the season with a 13-12 road win over Stony Brook. Junior Colin Joka (Conshohocken, Pa.) spearheaded the Red Fox offense with a career-high seven goals. Marist bounced back from two losses during a trip to Colorado, including to then No. 5 Denver, to top Marquette 16-12 in its home opener. Freshman J.D. Recor (Lancaster, N.Y.) and sophomore Joseph Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) posted seven points each in the victory.
Losses against non-conference opponent Towson and a tough 9-8 defeat by MAAC rival Siena motivated the Red Foxes to pick up their first conference win with a 13-8 rout of Quinnipiac. Marist endured a rough patch, plagued by injury, with four straight losses. During the stretch, the Red Foxes faced No. 16 Hofstra and junior Drew Nesmith (Montclair, N.J.) had a career game, notching six goals.
Marist closed out its regular season play, with a playoff berth on the line, with two consecutive wins against Monmouth and Canisius. The Red Foxes earned the No. 2 seed for the MAAC Tournament. Marist faced No. 3 Detroit in the opening round and earned an 11-9 win off a game-winning goal by Recor in the final two minutes of play. The Red Foxes fell to top-seeded Siena in the championship, 11-7.
Five players finished the season with 30-plus points; Recor (48), Radin (46), Joka (40), Nesmith (35), and junior Mike Begley (Brookeville, Md.) (32). Radin led the team in goals with 38 while Recor led the Red Foxes in assists with 31.
To highlight the awards for the Red Foxes, junior Patrick Eaker (Redding, Conn.) claimed his second consecutive MAAC Co-Long Stick Midfielder of the Year honor. Eaker earned First Team All-MAAC honors alongside sophomore Radin, and juniors Mike Begley (Brookeville, Md.) and Nesmith. After a standout rookie season, Recor was honored with selections to both the Second Team All-MAAC and MAAC All-Rookie Team. Classmate Jimmy Murphy (Horsham, Pa.) joined Recor on the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
Five Red Foxes were named to the MAAC All-Academic team; sophomore Dominic Montemurro (Kings Park, N.Y.), senior Gannon Osborn (Canandaigua, N.Y.), junior Dave Scarcello (Buffalo, N.Y.), sophomore Dillon Walker (Wawa, Pa.), and sophomore Dylan Woods (Essex, Conn.). To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.