Albany vs. Marist
March 22, 2011
The Game Story:
ALBANY, N.Y. - Faced with the task of playing a ranked opponent for the third time in six games this season, the Red Foxes headed to Albany looking to break through and capture the programs first ever win over a top 20 team. After 60 minutes of play and on the strength of six Jack Doherty (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) goals the Red Foxes were victorious by a score of 12-7 over the #16 Great Danes.

Marist was led by Doherty's seven points, as he also had an assist, sophomore Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) who accounted for six points on three goals and three assists, and senior Corey Zindel (Randolph, N.J.) who had five with one goal and four assists.

After a slow start, in which Albany had the lone score of the first quarter on an Artie Marrapese goal, the Red Foxes took control in the second. Head Coach Scott Nelson's decision to change up his face-off man proved pivotal as freshman Kenny Tomeno (Webster, N.Y.) won seven face-offs in the quarter. With the ball in their possession, the Red Fox offense began to click and convert quickly. Doherty started the scoring with two quick goals, 18 seconds a part at 13:25 and 13:07. Albany took the lead and momentum back for a brief time as Ty Thompson and Matt Johnson netted goals at 12:59 and 11:17 to put the Great Danes ahead at 3-2. Doherty struck again as he finished his hat trick a mere four and a half minutes after he began it with a tying goal 8:55. Freshman Edward Coombs (Horsham, Pa.) put Marist ahead when he notched the first goal of his collegiate career at the 8:34 mark of the second.

Following an Albany goal to tie the game for the fourth time, Marist went on a scoring streak that would eventually hold the Great Danes at bay for the rest of game. The leader of the streak was Doherty, who put home his fourth goal of the game and period at the 4:20 mark. Freshman Kevin Dondero (Smithtown, N.Y.) collected his first collegiate point with his assist of this goal. Zindel cracked the goal column with his first of the game coming in a man-up opportunity at 1:21. Doherty finished the scoring in the second quarter with goal number five coming off a Zindel pass with 12 seconds remaining. After 30 minutes, Marist went to their locker room up 7-4.

For the period, the Red Foxes outscored Albany, 7-3 on the strength of Doherty's five goals, the team's 17-4 shot advantage, 17-5 ground ball advantage and 7-4 face-off advantage. Coming into this game, Marist had only scored 11 total goals in their previous five matchups.

Coming out in the third quarter, Rice scored Marist's four straight goal in a row to push the lead up to 8-4 with 10:03 remaining. Two Albany goals cut the deficit to two before sophomore Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) closed the quarter with a goal at the 12 second mark.

Heading into the fourth quarter, up 9-6, the Red Foxes refused to let off the gas and start playing conservatively. Instead, the shots and goals kept coming. Sandwiched around a Matt Johnson goal for Albany, Rice scored two more goals, his second and third of the game at the 10:33 and 6:50 marks. His second goal was assisted by sophomore Nick Piotti (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.), who picked up his first helper of the season. Up 11-7, Doherty put the finishing touches on the first victory over a ranked-team in Marist Men's Lacrosse history with his sixth goal of the game with 23 seconds remaining.

Defensively, the Red Foxes held Albany's top two scorers Joe Resetarits and Ty Thompson, who came into the game with 12 and 11 goals respectively, to one goal a piece. Individually, Coombs had a team-high three caused turnovers, while Tomeno picked up six ground balls on the strength of his 11-16 showing in the face-off circle. Sophomore defenseman Ethan Fox (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) was second on the team with five ground balls. In goal, Brendan Price (Bay Shore, N.Y.) allowed a career-low seven goals against and made five saves.

For the game as a team, Marist outshot Albany, 41-19, collected more ground balls at 38-25, went 10-11 on clears, in comparison to 11-17 for Albany and only turned the ball over 12 times versus 19 for Albany.

Rice and Zindel extended their consecutive game scoring streaks to 21 and 25 games, respectively.

The Red Foxes will next be in action on Saturday as they travel to Buffalo to take on MAAC foe Canisius. Opening face-off is set to begin at 1 p.m.