Lafayette vs. Marist
March 31, 2009
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. - Sophomore Tom Perini netted five goals to account for nearly half of Lafayette's scoring output as the men's lacrosse team won an 11-7 decision over Marist on Tuesday afternoon. The Leopards have now won two straight games for the second time this season.

Lafayette's 11 goals were the second-most the team has scored this season as six players in addition to Perini netted a goal. In total, nine different players had a point in the victory as the Leopards (4-5) edged Marist (3-4) in nearly every category, including a 38-36 edge in shots and a 29-23 advantage in ground balls.

Reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week Cesar Munoz continued his dominance in face-offs as he won 14 of 22 attempts in the circle.

Goalie Jeff Canfield finished with nine saves, including four critical stops in the fourth quarter, to help preserve the Lafayette victory.

Marist wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard, as Matt Schunk took just 30 seconds to put his team ahead with an unassisted score.

That setback seemed to light a fire under the Leopards, however, as they responded with three unanswered goals--all from different players--in a span of less than two minutes to take the 3-1 edge. The Red Foxes scored the final goal of the quarter to cut the lead to one.

The second quarter may have been the difference in the game as Lafayette outscored Marist 4-1 in those 15 minutes with goals from four different players. The Leopards scored the first two and final two goals of the half to lead 7-3 at the midway point.

Defense dominated in the third quarter with the teams combining for just three goals. Marist netted two of those scores to cut the lead to 8-5 heading into the final period.

Marist opened that final quarter with another goal but Perini's man-up score at 12:16 upped the Leopards' lead back to three (9-6). Perini and John Galassi both added insurance goals in the final five minutes to secure the four-goal victory for Lafayette.

The Leopards continue their three-game homestand on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game against Holy Cross. Saturday marks the program's annual Alumni Day and the team will honor the Team of the 70's at a post-game reception. Lafayette will also recognize all alumni at halftime.