By: Kevin Traynor
Disappointment filled the air at Tenney Stadium at Leonidiff Field Saturday night as the Marist Men’s lacrosse team fell out of MAAC Tournament contention with a 10-9 loss to the Manhattan Jaspers on Senior Day.
Manhattan opened the scoring in the first stanza behind Synowiez’s goal, but Marist answered quickly with goals by Teichmann and Santavicca, giving the Red Foxes a 2-1 lead heading into the second quarter.
“They had the pole on me all night, but I still wanted to shoot,” said Matt Teichmann, a Marist midfielder.
In an up and down second quarter, Marist jumped out to a 6-2 lead only to see that lead vanquished going into half-time tied 6-6.
“I think that really took the wind out of our sails,” said Ryan McNierney, a sophomore midfielder for the Red Foxes.
Synowiez, who finished the night with three goals, scored off a Justin Jensen assist with 13:38 remaining in the third quarter. Marist responded within a minute as Santavicca ripped a goal unassisted past the Jasper keeper to tie the game at seven.
This would be the last tie of the game. The Jaspers went on a 3-0 run, which was slowly advanced throughout most of the fourth quarter. Santavicca scored again on a man-up opportunity with under two minutes remaining.
“Our seniors worked hard all game, and Santavicca tried to carry us all night but we fell short,” said Scott Nelson, Head Coach of Marist Lacrosse.
Marist lost the ensuing face-off, but caused a turnover on the defensive side of the field. Midfielder Keegan Blaney picked up the groundball and heaved it downfield to Ryan Sharkey who turned and fired a goal as time expired to cut the lead to 10-9.
“We battled hard, but couldn’t make the plays we had to throughout the game to get the win we needed,” said Matt Schunk, a senior midfielder.