March 27, 2010

Rice Right On in Marist's MAAC Victory

from press release

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Led by a career-high five goals and three assists from freshman attack Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.), the Marist men’s lacrosse team defeated the Saint Joseph’s Hawks 15-9 Saturday afternoon at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. Junior attack Corey Zindel (Randolph, N.J.) had six points on the day on four goals and two assists.

Marist (5-2, 2-0 MAAC Lacrosse League) got off to a good start, getting a goal from Ryan Sharkey (Westfield, N.J.) at the 11:20 mark of the first quarter. Saint Joseph’s (0-9, 0-2 MAAC) then won the ensuing faceoff, playing the ball into its own end. Rice then forced Hawks goalie Chase Stewart to turn the ball over, with Zindel picking up the ball and scoring on an open net with 11:07 to go in the quarter to put the Red Foxes up 2-0. Saint Joseph’s got on the board at the 9:40 mark of the first on a Joey D’Avanzo goal, making the score 2-1. Marist outshot the Hawks 7-3 in the opening 15 minutes, winning 3-of-4 faceoffs.

The Hawks tied the game at 2-2 38 seconds into the second quarter as Sean Dunn found the back of the net. Saint Joseph’s had a chance to take the lead with an extra-man opportunity at the 12:55 mark, but Matt Dougherty’s shot was saved by Sam Altiero (Randolph, N.J.). Marist then cleared the ball into Hawks territory as Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) fed Rice for his first goal of the game, a man-down goal, with 12:26 to go in the half. Saint Joseph’s tied the game 4-4 with 6:48 to go on goals by Scott Cullinan and Sean Evans. The Red Foxes took the lead back with 2:28 to go in the second quarter as Aedan Herman (Stafford, Va.) scored his fourth goal of the season to put Marist ahead 5-4. Rice then scored on an extra-man opportunity with 1:25 to go to make the score 6-4, which held until halftime.

Marist grew its lead to three early in the third quarter, as Rice scored his third goal of the day from Zindel at the 11:47 mark. The Hawks then scored three straight goals within a span of 3:16 to tie the game 7-7. The Red Foxes answered Saint Joseph’s run with four goals of their own. Zindel, Matt Teichmann (Huntington, N.Y.), Sharkey, and Rice all scored in succession to put Marist ahead 11-7 going into the fourth quarter.

The Hawks got on the board first in the final period, as Kyle Williams put in an Artie Marrapese pass to make the score 11-8 with 13:51 to go. This would be as close as Saint Joseph’s would get. Bob von Hoffman (Montclair, N.J.) scored 1:08 later, with an assist from Rice, to put the Red Foxes ahead 12-8. Zindel then scored his fourth of the game from Teichmann to make the score 13-8 with 10:04 to go in the game. The Red Foxes then got goals from Rice and Nick Piotti (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) to go ahead 15-8 with 7:50 remaining.

Marist outshot Saint Joseph’s 35-28 for the game and also held a 31-25 edge in ground balls. Matt Francis (Lansdale, Pa.) won 15-of-25 faceoffs for the Red Foxes, who were 16-for-28 in the game. Francis also had a game-high eight ground balls, with Nick Armstrong (Kings Park, N.Y.) adding four. Altiero had 11 saves for Marist, while Stewart had eight for the Hawks.

The Red Foxes return to action on Saturday, April 3 when they host the Wagner Seahawks at 3 p.m. at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field.


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