Quinnipiac falls to Marist

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Quinnipiac falls to Marist

Courtesy: Quinnipiac Athletics

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Aaron Robinson, Beat Reporter

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The Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team lost to the Marist red foxes 12-8 on Saturday afternoon.

Quinnipiac came into the match looking to rebound from its first loss in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play which came on the road at Canisius last Saturday. Before the Canisius loss, Quinnipiac had won seven in a row and was sitting at unblemished 3-0 in the MAAC.

After today’s loss, Quinnipiac falls to 3-2 in MAAC play which has them now sitting in a 4th place tie with Siena.

Even in the loss, Quinnipiac interim head coach Mason Poli was generally pleased with his team’s performance. 

“I thought we played as a unit,” Poli said. “We need to work on our breakdowns a little bit, but overall was generally pleased with our play.”

After a slow start to the first half, the Bobcats picked up the pace to start the second half.

Mike Fletcher opened up the second half with one of his team-high 4 goals on the day. Matt Frost then followed up with two goals of his own and it looked as it Quinnipiac’s offense had woken up.

But Marist quickly regrouped and scored two goals of their own to even the score at 5 apiece.

A back and forth affair would ensue with both teams scoring goals and exchanging shifts in momentum.

 The score was tied at 8 with just over 11 minutes to go. But Quinnipiac would be unable to score for the remainder of the game.

What is perhaps more pressing than the loss on the day is that the Bobcats best offensive weapon, Foster Cuomo, went without a goal for the second straight game after scoring a goal in every game of his career prior to the last two.

 “We try to get the ball in the hands of Foster, (Mike) Fletcher, and (Jake) Tomsik,” Poli said. “That’s our strong unit so we try to get the ball in their hands and let them be our decision makers.” 

Mike Fletcher and Jake Tomsik each had 4 points each on the day, but Cuomo, only registered one, coming on an assist on a  Frost goal early in the second half.

Cuomo was the Preseason MAAC player of the year and if the Bobcats are going to have any success going forward, they will need to see more from the senior attack.

Cuomo and Quinnipiac will look to rebound from today’s loss when they host Monmouth next week from the Quinnipiac lacrosse field.