Marist vs. Holy Cross
March 2, 2010
The Game Story:
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist men's lacrosse team used six goals in the third quarter to overcome a 5-2 halftime deficit, winning 11-8 over the Holy Cross Crusaders in its home opener at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field on Tuesday. Bob von Hoffman (Montclair, N.J.) and Connor Rice (Penfield, N.Y.) each had three goals and an assist for the Red Foxes. Corey Zindel (Randolph, N.J.) also had four points on one goal and three assists.

Senior attack Ryan Sharkey (West Field, N.J.) had two goals for Marist, while freshman Nick Piotti (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) recorded the first two points of his career on a goal and an assist. Fellow freshmen Aedan Herman (Stafford, Va.) and Jim Marks (Camillus, N.Y.) each tallied their first career points in the game as well. Herman scored a goal while Marks had an assist. Goalie Sam Altiero (Randolph, N.J.) made 7 saves in the second half to earn his first career win.

Marist (2-0) got out to a hot start as Rice scored 1:13 into the game to put the Red Foxes ahead 1-0. The lead grew to 2-0 as von Hoffman put a Zindel pass right by Holy Cross (0-3) goalie Connor Sweeney with 10:31 to go in the opening quarter. The Crusaders took over from there. Holy Cross got goals from Andrew Morici and Kenny Minor to tie the game 2-2 with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter. Colin McGeehin scored with 1:10 remaining the first to put the Crusaders ahead 3-2.

Holy Cross controlled the second quarter, outshooting the Red Foxes 6-3 and had nine ground balls to Marist's seven. The Crusaders got goals from Mike Nagle at the 9:38 mark and Conor McKenna at the 5:56 mark to take a 5-3 halftime lead. McGeehin scored his second goal of the game with 12:55 to go in the third quarter to put Holy Cross ahead 6-2. Marist finally ended the Crusaders' run with a man-up goal by Zindel with 10:36 remaining in the third, making the score 6-3. Herman then found the back of the net at the 9:07 mark to get the Red Foxes within two, 6-4. Marist then got within one, 6-5, on a von Hoffman man-up goal with 8:33 remaining in the quarter, getting an assist from Piotti.

The Crusaders grew the lead back up to two with 7:50 left in the third on a man-up goal by Minor. That would be Holy Cross' last goal for over 14 minutes. Sharkey scored his first goal of the game with 4:49 to go in the third to make the score 7-6. Rice then scored back-to-back goals to end the quarter, putting Marist ahead 8-7. The Red Foxes took a two-goal lead at the 8:49 mark of the fourth as Sharkey scored his second goal of the game man-up, assisted by Zindel. Holy Cross scored 20 seconds later to get within one, 9-8. Piotti then scored one minute later to put Marist ahead 10-8. Von Hoffman sealed the win with a goal from Rice with 2:52 left in the game.

Marist outshot Holy Cross for the game 31-28, 22-15 in the second half. The Red Foxes also held a 30-25 advantage in ground balls, freshman Mike O'Hagan (Yonkers, N.Y.) leading Marist with five. Matt Francis (Lansdale, Pa.) won 11-of-18 faceoffs for the Red Foxes, with Matt Dugan (Cortland, N.Y.) winning 2-of-3. McGeehin led Holy Cross with three goals, with John Hannan and Edison Parzanese each recording two assists. Sweeney made six saves for the Crusaders.

The Red Foxes return to action on Saturday, March 6 with a 2 p.m. game at Vermont.