POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - In front of a raucous home on Open House Weekend in a game dedicated to the memory of Edward Coombs , the Marist men's lacrosse played an inspired contest and defeated MAAC opponent Manhattan on Saturday night by a score of 12-8. A six-goal unanswered streak in the second half led the Red Foxes to victory. Individually, juniors Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) (4g-1a) and Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) (3g-2a) tied for the team lead with five points a piece.
After an early Manhattan goal 13 seconds in, the Red Foxes responded with a three goal run to jump ahead 3-1 by the 6:23 mark of the first quarter. Freshman Drew Nesmith (Montclair, N.J.) began the scoring run with an unassisted marker at 9:56. Fellow freshman Brett Bernardo (Clifton Park, N.Y.) followed at 7:39 with a shot and goal from close in off of a Rice assist. Doherty netted the third goal of the streak as he ran into the shooting zone and whipped a shot in past Manhattan's goalkeeper Rich Akapnitis.
Two late Jasper goals in the closing 2:01, evened the first quarter scoring at 3-3.
The second period had a Manhattan feel to it as the Jaspers outshot the Red Foxes 9-3 and outscored them 2-0 on the scoreboard. These two goals gave Manhattan a 5-3 lead going into the halftime.
Coming out in the second half, the Marist got to business quickly as Rice netted his first goal of the game, 58 seconds in as he streaked to net and fired in a shot past Akapnitis. A little more than two minutes later, Rice was the point man on a Evan Guarini (Long Valley, N.J.) goal. After drawing two defenders, Rice lofted a pass over the crease to a waiting Guarini, who snapped off a one-timer. The Red Foxes scored their third and final goal of the period at 5:22 when freshman Mike Begley (Brookeville, Md.) sprinted into the offensive zone and ripped a shot from 15 yards out.
With a 6-5 lead going into the fourth quarter, Marist continued its scoring run with three more unanswered goals. The team's seventh goal of the game occurred nine seconds into the period as Matt Dugan (Cortland, N.Y.) won the opening faceoff fed Begley, who hit Rice in stride for the one-timer shot. Bernardo and Nesmith each netted their second goals of the game in the following 2:04 at 13:50 and 12:47, respectively.
Up 9-5, the team's traded three goals over the final 10:58 to close the scoring at 12-8. Manhattan's goal at 10:58 was the first for the Jaspers in over 23 minutes of play. All three of Marist's tallies were scored by Doherty. His goal at 9:48 was particularly impressive, as he intercepted a Manhattan clearing pass from 15 yards out and quickly sprinted in and fired a shot, all within a five second span of play.
For the game, Marist outshot Manhattan 30-29, including a 20-15 advantage in shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Foxes caused nine turnovers versus eight for the Jaspers. The teams tied in face-offs at 12-12, as well as in clears at 14 of 15.
The Red Foxes will continue MAAC play in their next game as they head back out on the road to take on Siena in a 1:00 p.m. matchup on Saturday, April 21.
Notes - Jack Doherty wore #34 in honor of former Red Fox Eddie Coombs, who died last summer in an automobile accident. Each game, a Marist player will wear the jersey based on who the coaches think earned it with their effort and play in practice and the previous game.