(Photo Courtesy of Marist Athletics)
45 days after beating Detroit Mercy in their season-opener, the Marist Red Foxes finally returned to the field on Tuesday night where they defeated Quinnipiac, 14-9, in a rematch of the 2019 MAAC title game.
Jojo Pirreca led the Red Foxes’ offense with a hat trick and two assist for five points. Jason Intermesoli and Jamison Embury each had two goals and an assist for three points apiece.
Freshman goalie Logan Covey got the start in cage for Marist again and made 14 saves to tie his career-high. Elsewhere on the defensive end, LSM JT Rosselle caused three turnovers and scooped up two ground balls while defenseman Kyle Stofko also had three caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Demitri George continued his dominance at the faceoff dot for the Bobcats, going 19-for-27 (70%). Steven Germain and Jake Tellers each had two goals to lead the Quinnipiac offense.
After finding themselves down 3-1, Marist responded with a three-goal run of their own that ended with a highlight-reel goal in which Jamison Embury thew a behind-the-back pass to his brother, Hunter, to put the Red Foxes ahead 4-3 late in the first.
Following Steven Germain being able to answer for Quinnipiac and make it a 4-4 game heading into the second quarter, the Red Foxes’ stepped on the gas. Marist scored four unanswered in the second and held the Bobcats scoreless to push ahead 8-4 at the half.
Quinnipiac ended their scoring drought with two straight from Jake Tellers and Steven Germain early in the third quarter to cut the Red Foxes lead to 8-6. However, a three-goal Marist run 6:53 mark of the third through the 11:26 mark in the fourth pushed Marist ahead by five (11-6) to give them their largest lead of the game.
Each side found the back of the net three times in the last 9:30 of the contest to seal the 14-9 victory for the Red Foxes. Quinnipiac put together an aggressive offensive effort late in the quarter, getting off eight shots in the final 5:20 of the contest in hopes of putting together a comeback, but was only able to convert twice. Marist put in two straight during that same time frame to seal the deal.