POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson stormed off the field after the Marist Men’s Lacrosse game on Saturday, refusing to give an interview with the Red Fox Network. Wilkinson was clearly frustrated by his team’s performance during the game, and throughout the start of this season, as the Red Foxes dropped another game, this time to the Air Force Academy. After this 8-7 loss, Marist is now 0-4 this season.
The Red Foxes showed strength in the first half, frustrating the Air Force Falcons with their zone defense in the second quarter. However, they lost momentum in the second half as they were out shot 23 to 8, and ultimately lost the game. Statistically, the game may not look close — with the Red Foxes being out shot 42 to 22 in total, and winning only 7 of 19 ground balls — but the Red Foxes fought hard until the end. An Air Force game clinching goal by senior attacker Nick Hruby was the dagger in the heart of the Red Fox faithful.
Despite the bitter ending, there were some bright spots.
“The zone defense is something our defense has been going to a lot, and we’ve been doing well in that. We have a great goalie Brian [Corrigan] in the net who is able to see a lot of shots from a distance, which is the goal with the defense, so we only let up seven goals today,” said Marist senior midfielder and leading scorer Gannon Morrison. “They looked sharp today, and I’m sure we will be going back to that in the future.”
Gannon had a strong game today with two goals and three assists to add to his season total of 15 points.
Next Sunday, when the Red Foxes match up with Binghamton at Tenney Stadium, we’ll see if the team can finally pick up its first win of the season and rebound from their slow start this year.