With Firepower Returning, Marist Looks to Remain Atop The MAAC in 2021

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Since taking over as head coach ahead of the 2012 season, Keegan Wilkinson has led Marist to 71-60 record, five MAAC Championship appearances, which included four straight, and two MAAC titles (2015,2019). 

And while the chance to win back-to-back conference championships for the first time in program history was ultimately cut short in 2020 due, things are still looking very optimistic in Poughkeepsie heading into 2021. The Red Foxes will return six seniors in attackman Jake Weinman, midfielders Joe Tierney, Jon Constant, Wyatt Colangelo, SSDM Jack Zukowski, and defenseman Sam Ahlgim. 

With those six returning, plus the underclassmen they bring back, Marist looks to have one of the best core groups of any team in the MAAC coming into 2021, and should be a pretty heavy favorite to win the conference. 

The Red Foxes opened the shortened 2020 season on a high note, beating Binghamton 12-4 in their season-opener. And while they faced a minor setback against No. 19 Richmond, they sent shockwaves across the college lacrosse landscape after a home 17-9 victory over a top-10 ranked Army team the following Tuesday. After that historic win, the Red Foxes went 1-3 through the last few weeks of the shortened season, beating Hartford soundly, suffering a nine-point loss at Bucknell, and a one-goal loss against Delaware. 

And just when it looked like the Red Foxes could hit the reset button as MAAC play approached, the 2020 season was cut short. 

Those six seniors are coming back in 2021 to finish what they started. And one of the biggest things they bring back with them is depth. And that depth is prevalent all over the field, but especially so on the offensive end. 

Marist led the conference in goals per game (13.17), assist per game (8.17), and points per game (21.33) during 2020. And with Weinmann, who led the Red Foxes in goals with 16, and Joe Tierney (10G/7A) both returning, along with sophomore attackmen JoJo Pirrecca (14G/9A) and Jamison Embury (13G/8A) the Red Foxes’ offense looks to be just as dangerous, if not more, again next season. 

Defensively, the Red Foxes also have a lot to lean on, especially with Zukowski and defenseman Ahlgim both returning. Zukowski had a breakout season as a redshirt senior in 2020, recorded five caused turnovers and four ground balls as the Red Foxes’ top SSDM. Ahlgim has been a mainstay on the Marist defense the past few seasons, starting all six games and recording 11 ground balls and five caused turnovers during the 2020 season. 

The Red Foxes also return their other two starting defensemen in junior Kyle Stofko (17GB/8CT), and freshman Kurt Wessner (6GB/5CT). Goalie Jack MacGregor, who posted a 50% save percentage as a redshirt junior, and sophomore LSM JT Roselle, who led the team in ground balls (27) and caused turnovers (13), will also be back and should help the Red Foxes’ defense take another step forward. 

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