On a cool Tuesday afternoon, Marist defeated the St. Bonaventure Bonnies at Tenney Stadium. A well balanced attack led the Red Foxes to an 11-5 senior day victory.
“A win on senior day was something that was very important to use. These are a group of guys that we are really proud of and we were excited to get out on the field and celebrate them,” said Marist Head Coach Keegan Wilkinson.
St. Bonaventure being a new program, this was the first matchup between the Bonnies and the Red Foxes in school history.
It was a game of streaks early on, as both teams went back and forth trading goals. The Bonnies got up to a two goal start with tallys from number four, John Killcommons, off a man up call and another one from number 30, Nik Clinton. Marist answered with two goals from number 32, Hunter Embury, and number 46, Jake Weinman.
Wilkinson’s squad kept the momentum going into the second quarter with an early goal from number 15, Chris Schlappich. The Red Foxes continued the quarter with stout defense and good goalie play from Jake MacGregor as well. Marist continued to add to their lead with four unanswered goal to end the first half to take a 7-2 lead.
In the third quarter the Red Foxes continued to flex their muscles at all facets of the game. The defense continued to make plays all over the field stopping the Bonnies’ offense. The Marist offense continued to dominate and show what they were made of. They scored five unanswered goals to take a 10-4 lead into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter the Red Foxes’ experience showed over the youthful Bonnies. St. Bonaventure showed fight and grit but that wasn’t enough to win the game.
With the win the Red Foxes clinch a spot in the upcoming MAAC tournament which means a lot to the seniors. “It was great to clinch a spot on senior day, we are all very close and are excited for a chance to clinch the one seed in the tournament,” said senior Ralph Sommer.
Marist improves to 7-5 on the season and 4-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with the win. They will look continue their winning ways as they travel to nationally ranked Virginia for a non-conference match-up before returning to MAAC play.
Edited by Dan Statile