Lafayette vs. Marist
April 23, 2003
The Game Story:
EASTON, Pa. - Tim Derosier scored the game-winning goal on an extra-man opportunity as Lafayette hung on to defeat Marist, 9-8, in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon at Rappolt Field.

The Leopards pounced on the Red Foxes early in the game, charging out to a 5-3 lead after the first period.

After Brian Diele scored to give Marist a 1-0 lead just two minutes in, Lafayette rattled off three straight scores.

Kyle Donovan tickled the twine for the first time this season to tie the game at 1-1, and then Robert McLean picked up a ground ball and fired into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead at 10:56. Mike Fiorillo then found Pat Lennon for a goal just 42 seconds later and put the Leopards up 3-1.

Marist battled right back to tie the game at 3-3 thanks to goals by Andrew Walsh and Diele coming 26 seconds apart.

Lafayette would get the last two goals of the high-scoring period when Drew Weisman scored his first of the game with just 55 seconds to go in the first. Matt Lukof won the ensuing face-off and Matt Prevost raced across the field and delivered a bullet into the goal to put Lafayette ahead 5-3.

The offensive pace of the game slowed in the second period as Lafayette's Mike Scolaro got the only tally of the quarter to increase the Leopard lead to 6-3.

Marist goalie Bobby Gross kept the Red Foxes in the game, making 11 of his 17 saves in the opening half.

Lafayette scored in the early seconds of the third quarter as Lukof put back a rebound and made the score 7-3.

Walsh scored his second of the game and Chris Rooney tallied his first of the season to bring Marist within 7-5 at the end of the third period.

Weisman answered for Lafayette early in the fourth, with an unassisted tally, helping to rebuild an 8-5 advantage.

The Red Foxes again climbed back to within one at 8-7, as Brian Schumeyer scored off a James Taylor pass and then Walsh notched his third of the game on a fast break at 12:15.

Marist was whistled for a penalty and Derosier seized the opportunity, scoring his fifth of the season to establish a two-goal cushion, 9-7.

Jay Nahama brought Marist back to within one, scoring low on Leopard goalie Michael Koch at 5:12, but Koch saved the game moments later, robbing Walsh at point-blank range with under three minutes to go.

Lafayette controlled the ball the rest of the way and ran out the clock to hang on for its second win of the season. Koch finished with seven saves for the Leopards and only faced 20 shots in the game.

The Leopards (2-10) continue non-conference play at Drexel on Saturday with a 12 p.m. face-off.