Red Foxes Hold off Jacksonville in MAAC Opener

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. Marist started off its 2012 home slate with a 9-7 victory over MAAC foe Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon. One year after the two teams faced off in a nail-biting overtime game in Florida, where Marist won 9-8, the Red Foxes held off the Dolphins' attempt at revenge before nearly 750 fans at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field.

Junior Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes' offensive with four points, while sophomore goalkeeper Craig Goodermote (Sachem, N.Y.) turned away eight Jacksonville shots to highlight Marist's defensive effort.

The Red Foxes got the action going extremely fast in the first quarter. Within six seconds of the opening whistle junior Matt Dugan (Cortland, N.Y.) had won the faceoff and assisted on junior Connor Rice's (Penfield, N.Y.) eight goal of the year. With that goal, Rice extended his point-scoring streak to 35 consecutive games.

Following a goal by Jacksonville's Cameron Mann evened the score at 11:45, Marist went on a 3-0 run from 7:55 to 1:55. Rice kicked off the scoring with a goal off of a Doherty assist. Juniors Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) and Mike O'Hagan (Yonkers, N.Y.) connected for Marks' second tally of the 2012 season at 3:23. Doherty completed the run with his team-leading 12th goal off of a sharp pass from sophomore Gannon Osborn (Canandaigua, N.Y.). Both of the assists by O'Hagan and Osborn were the first points of their respective collegiate career.

With the score 4-1 in Marist's favor, the Dolphins responded with three straight goals of their own, including one by Conor Igoe that was scored with one second remaining in the first quarter.

Unfazed, the Red Foxes regrouped and ran off another three goal streak to close the first half. Redshirt-junior Evan Guarini (Long Valley, N.J.) took advantage of a man-up situation to collect the first marker. Marist's next two goals were scored by junior Brendan Woods (Esseex, Conn.), who coming into the afternoon had neither scored nor started a collegiate game. His first goal was assisted by Osborn, while his second came via a Doherty pass.

At the half, Marist held a 7-4 lead on the strength of efficient offense, alert ball-handling; they turned the ball over just six times, and strong goalkeeping by Goodermate, who had four saves. The teams were even in shots at 17-17 and ground balls at 16-16.

Defense was the story of the third quarter as 13:31 of the clock passed before the first goal was notched. With his team on the man-up, junior Aedan Herman (Stafford, Va.) took a pass from Rice and beat Jacksonville's goalie Peter DeLuca with a laser shot from nearly 15 yards out. This would be the lone score of the period, as Goodermote turned away four Dolphin shots, while DeLuca countered with three saves.

In the fourth quarter, Jacksonville chipped away at the Red Foxes' 8-4 lead with three straight goals, including two quick ones within 36 seconds of each other at 13:55 and 13:19.

With just a one goal lead of 8-7, the Red Foxes buckled down both offensively and defensively over the final 7:51. Following a Jacksonville turnover at 4:50, the Red Foxes held possession of the ball for three minutes, 56 seconds until they tallied goal number nine of the game. During this stretch of play, the Red Foxes had two shots saved, but won control of the loose ball in both occasions. Guarini collected the loose ball at 3:41, while sophomore Kevin Dondero ( Smithtown, N.Y.) kept possession in Marist's favor at 1:32. Doherty was the goal scorer at 00:54, as he picked up the loose ball in front of the crease and quickly beat DeLuca.

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