Center Stage: What a Week it was

Sports, sports, sports! It was a busy week in Poughkeepsie with no shortage of great performances. Men’s soccer is off to the NCAA Tournament, the basketball teams have breakout stars, and the football looked like it was playing Madden in a dominating win.

Men’s Soccer: The credit could go to any number of players that helped Marist secure an NCAA Tournament berth in a dramatic penalty-shootout win over Rider. How about we give it to senior midfielder Jacob Schulman. He only has one official goal on the season but stepped up and decisively netted the spot-kick that sent Marist dancing for the first time since 2005.

Women’s Basketball: Sophomore point guard Kiara Fisher is something else. She is averaging a team-best 17.7 points per game during Marist’s 2-1 start. She is a blur with the ball, sometimes too much so for her own good. She had the right balance of patience on Sunday, going for 17 points and eight assists in the Red Foxes’ 67-50 win over Vermont. Extra points because she plays with a smile on her face too.

Men’s Basketball: The men should be 2-0, but we aren’t going to turn our noses up at 1-1 either. Senior guard Raheim Sullivan is off to a blazing start, averaging 20 points in Marist’s first two games. He went for 23 in the overtime loss at American and scored 17 in the win at Columbia. He’s doing all of this only averaging 30 minutes per game, which means when he plays, he scores.

Football: The football team probably got lost in the shuffle with men’s soccer ending its season and both basketball teams beginning theirs. We still need to recognize the video game-like numbers the offense put up in a 57-32 triumph at Presbyterian. Redshirt senior quarterback Austin Day accounted for 335 yards of total offense and four passing touchdowns on the afternoon. The Blue Hose didn’t have a prayer of stopping him.

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Author: Jonathan Kinane

I'm a freshman from Syracuse, NY, studying sports communications with aspirations to either become a sportswriter or broadcaster and to host my very own podcast. I consider myself a die hard Syracuse University sports fan, but I also follow the Knicks, Giants, and Yankees in the professional ranks. Sports has long been my passion and I am excited to join Center Field.

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