Manhattan Stuns Marist, Sends Seniors out with Win

Drew Nesmith (Montclair, N.J.) had a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists. He tied Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) for the team-high this season in points. Rice finished with a hat trick on Saturday.

Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) had two goals and an assist and Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) also had three points on a goal and two assists. Matt Dugan (Cortland, N.Y.) went 15-22 in face-offs and scooped up a season-high 10 ground balls. Marist outshot Manhattan 48-35 for the game.

Marist (10-2, 5-1 MAAC) was down from the start as Manhattan (4-11, 1-5 MAAC) scored the first seven goals of the game, taking a 7-0 lead 1:26 into the second quarter.

Nesmith finally got the Red Foxes on the board at the 13:02 mark of the second quarter, scoring on an assist from Marks.

Every time Marist scored however, the Jaspers had an answer. The Red Foxes scored six goals in the second period, but could only close the gap to 11-6 at halftime. Nesmith had two goals and two assists in the second quarter.

Manhattan scored the only two goals of the third quarter, extending its lead the 13-6 going into the final quarter.

The Red Foxes attempted a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, pouring on 22 shots. Doherty scored on an assist from Nesmith just 40 seconds into the final period to make the score 13-7. Nesmith then scored his third goal of the game and Colin Joka (Conshohocken, Pa.) scored a man-up goal from Marks to bring Marist's deficit to just four at 13-9 with 10:55 left.

Following a Manhattan score, the Red Foxes scored the final three goals of the contest. Rice scored twice in a 37 second span, with the latter being assisted from Nesmith, to bring the score to 14-11 with 7:56 remaining. Nesmith scored his fourth of the game with 2:17 left to bring Marist to within just two at 14-12, but the Red Foxes could not find the back of the net again as Manhattan held on.

Marist will play fourth-seeded Detroit in the MAAC semifinals on Friday in Buffalo. The Titans earned a spot in the MAAC Championships by beating Canisius on Saturday. The other semifinal will feature #2 Jacksonville taking on third-seeded Siena. On Thursday, all four teams will meet for the MAAC awards banquet where the All-MAAC Teams and major award winners will be announced.

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