ALBANY, N.Y. – On the strength of six Jack Doherty goals, the Red Foxes of Marist defeated 13th-ranked Albany, 12-7 on Tuesday. The win is the first for the Red Foxes against a ranked opponent.
Marist was led by Doherty’s seven points, as he also had an assist. Sophomore Connor Rice had three goals and three assists and senior Corey Zindel had one goal and four assists.
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 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 apart 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 prove to be too much for the Great Danes. Doherty put home his fourth goal of the game at the 4:20 mark. Freshman Kevin Dondero collected his first collegiate point with an assist. 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.
Coming out in the third quarter, Rice scored Marist’s fourth consecutive goal to push the lead to 8-4 with 10:03 remaining. Two Albany goals cut the deficit to two before sophomore Jim Marks closed the quarter with a goal with 12 seconds remaining.
Heading into the fourth quarter up 9-6, the Red Foxes refused to play conservatively. Sandwiched around a 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, his first helper of the season. Up 11-7, Doherty put the finishing touch 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, to one goal apiece. 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 was second on the team with five ground balls. In goal, Brendan Price allowed a career-low seven goals against and made five saves.
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 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.