Quick OT Strike Lifts Marist Over Lafayette
from press release
EASTON, Pa. - The Marist men's lacrosse team
(3-6) picked up their second win in four days with a dramatic
overtime victory at Lafayette (2-8) on Tuesday night. In a game
with four lead changes and six multi-goal scoring streaks, it was
Marist's quick conversation off of sophomore Matt Dugan's
(Cortland, N.Y.) 21st successfully won face-off, that led to
sophomore Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) finding the back of the net
seven seconds into the extra period to give the Red Foxes a 12-11
The Marist offense started off fast, with sophomore Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) scoring 51 seconds into the game. Rice extended the lead to 2-0, 73 seconds later at 12:56. After a Cesar Munoz goal for Lafayette at 9:24, both teams' offenses cooled off for over nine minutes. Senior Corey Zindel (Randolph, N.J.) broke into the scoring column with three seconds remaining in the first quarter to stretch the lead to 3-1. Within the first 15 minutes of action, both Zindel and Rice had managed to extend their consecutive point streaks to 27 and 23 games, respectively.
The second quarter started much like the first, as the goals came fast. Lafayette notched their second goal of the game, seven seconds into the period. A mere 24 seconds later, sophomore Aedan Herman (Stafford, Va.) took advantage of a Lafayette penalty to score a man-up goal at 14:29. Five minutes later, the Red Foxes converted another ten on nine, as Rice notched his second goal of the game at 8:51. The Leopards went on a two-goal run to pull the score within one at 5-4 at 4:21. 30 seconds later, Zindel connected with Rice for the sophomore's third goal at 3:51. Another two-goal Lafayette run closed the out the first half with a 6-6 score.
The Leopards extended their goal run to four as they scored two more goals to take their first lead of the game and go up 8-6 at the 12:18 mark of the third quarter. Sophomore Jack Doherty's (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) first goal of the game at 8:01 started a run of four straight markers for the Red Foxes. He was followed by two goals by Marks at 5:11 and 2:49 and sophomore Nick Piotti (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) at 0:52.
Aided by their four-goal run, the Red Foxes began the fourth quarter up 10-8. As it had happened five times before, a multi-goal run occurred, this time with the Leopards scoring two straight to make it 10-10 with 11:13 remaining. Coming into the day's contest with only five man-up goals through eight games, Zindel notched Marist's fourth at the 6:37 mark of the fourth quarter. Cesar Munoz's third goal of the game, tied the game for the third time at 11-11 with 5:23 remaining. The Red Foxes withstood the Leopards' final offensive push in which four shots were fired. After 60 minutes, the game was deadlocked at 11 all.
Throughout the game Dugan controlled the face-off circle and it was none truer than in the overtime period. With a quick win, and pass out of his ground ball pickup, Dugan found Rice, who raced to the net to score the game-winning goal seven seconds into the extra period. This was Rice's fourth tally of the game.
Coming into the contest, Dugan had a .404 face-off win percentage, against Lafayette he went 21-26 for a .808 percentage. As a direct result of his success, he led the Red Foxes with a season-high 12 ground balls.
With their 12-11 victory, the Red Foxes move to 3-0 in games in which they score 12 or more goals.
Marist will next be in action on Saturday April 9 when they look to make it three straight wins, as Rutgers comes to Poughkeepsie for a 1 p.m. contest.
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