Marist crowned kings of the MAAC, earns first NCAA tourney bid since '05
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Marist (13-3, 6-0 MAAC) won the 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship for the second time in program history, and first time since 2005, on Saturday in Tenney Stadium. The Red Foxes defeated Quinnipiac by a score of 16-14 to earn the MAAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
|MARIST 16, QUINNIPIAC 14|
The Red Foxes will find out their next opponent during the 2015 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Selection Show.
Junior Joseph Radin broke Marist's all-time single-season scoring record, netting his 48th goal of the year with 10:08 remaining in the second quarter. The old program mark of 47 had been shared by Paul Cleary and Jim McCormick since 1986.
Radin and seniors Karl Kreshpane and Mike Begley were named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team. Senior goalie Dave Scarcello, who had nine saves against the Bobcats and 14 in Thursday's semifinal win against Monmouth, was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
Four Red Foxes posted hat tricks in Saturday's contest including sophomore J.D. Recor, who racked up a game-high six points.
The two teams combined to score the most goals in a MAAC championship final in the conference's 16-year lacrosse history.
Marist stormed out to an 8-1 lead in the first quarter with the help of four points from Begley. Radin's milestone goal made it 10-2 in the Red Foxes' favor, but Quinnipiac netted five of the next six goals to bring the deficit back to four.
A man-up score by freshman Gannon Morrison preceded Quinnipiac junior Nate Nibbelink firing one home with a man down to make it 12-8 by haltime.
In the third quarter the Marist lead grew to 14-9 but the Bobcats chipped away and squeezed in a goal with one second left to get within three. Scarcello made five saves in the fourth quarter to preserve his 13th victory of the season.
Senior Michael Sagl led the Bobcats in scoring with five goals, while junior Connor Devane collected a game-high six ground balls. The Red Foxes outshot Quinnipiac 56-33 and owned an 11-6 edge in assists.
Marist will play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade when they faced Johns Hopkins.