2022 Schedule Preview: Marist Red Foxes

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The Marist Red Foxes are the sixth DI program and first in the MAAC to release their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule, doing so on Wednesday evening. The Red Foxes are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 3-1 overall (2-0 MAAC) against a conference only schedule that was shortened due to COVID protocols. The Red Foxes ended their season in the conference quarterfinals.

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In 2022, Quinnipiac Has a Talented Roster and Unfinished Business to Attend To

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Coming into the final week of the regular season, the Quinnipiac Bobcats were one of the most intriguing teams in the MAAC. Boasting a 4-3 record against a conference-only schedule, the Bobcats were coming off a mid-week loss to Marist and heading into their final game of the season (at Detroit Mercy) were very much in the hunt for that coveted No. 1 seed in the MAAC tournament.

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New Programs Have Traditionally Found Success in Year Four. Will That Trend Hold True For St. Bonaventure?

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The St. Bonaventure Bonnies went 0-13 during their inaugural season in 2019 and then followed that up with an 0-6 record during the shortened 2020 season. But this past year, Randy Means’ squad finally got over that initial program-building hump and earned their first win, doing so in their season opener against Quinnipiac, taking down the 2019 MAAC runner-up 13-6.

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Siena Looks to Rebound After Winless Season

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Liam Gleason’s first season at the helm of the Saints in 2019 yielded a 6-7 (3-4 in the MAAC) result. That was following a 2018 season in which Siena went 3-9 and finished dead last in the MAAC. In addition to their improvements in the win/loss column, the Saints finished 14th in scoring offense, averaging 12.92 goals per game, and 36th in shooting percentage (28%).

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Can Monmouth Repeat as MAAC Champions?

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Monmouth’s rise from newbie to MAAC contender was pretty meteoric. After going 0-13 during their inaugural season in 2014, the Hawks went 6-8 (3-3 MAAC) and made their first-ever postseason appearance during the 2015 campaign. They went 7-7 (3-3 MAAC) and again fell to Marist in the conference semifinals in 2016, but they would finally get over the hump a year later as the Hawks churned out a 14-4 (6-0 MAAC) record, which included a season-opening win over No. 16 Villanova for their first win over a ranked opponent, won the MAAC and saw their season end in a 10-7 defeat against Bryant in the NCAA Tournament play-in game.

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Can an Improving Canisus Gain Any Ground in The MAAC in 2022?

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The MAAC has garnered a reputation as one of the most tightly-contested and ever-changing year-to-year in college lacrosse, and in recent years that reputation has become more and more true. The conference hasn’t seen a repeat champion since Providence in 2007 and 2008, seeing a different champion crowned every year since then. Moreover, outside of Quinnipiac and Marist in 2015 and 2016, no two programs have faced each other in back-to-back title games. Marist is also one of two programs, along with Siena to make at least three consecutive title games in conference history.

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After a Truly Rocky Season, Marist Looks Ready to Take Back The MAAC

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Coming into the 2021 season the Marist Red Foxes were thought to have the best roster in the MAAC and clear favorites to win the conference. After all, they were the defending MAAC champion from the last full season in 2019 and were coming off a shortened 2020 season which saw them run with a top-20 Richmond team for a full 60 minutes in a 13-11 loss and upset a top-10 Army West Point squad, 17-9, in one of the biggest surprises of the season.

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Led By a Brendan Krebs-Anchored Defense, Manhattan Could Take Another Leap in 2022

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When Drew Kelleher took over the reigns at Manhattan ahead of the 2016 season, the Jaspers were coming off a 2015 campaign in which they went 1-14. The worst season in program history. And while the Jaspers combined for just 10 wins in Kelleher’s first three season in Riverdale, things started to turn the corner in 2019 where they went 6-8, eclipsing five wins for the first time since 2010.

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Jack Kiernan Returning to Siena For Fifth Season

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After a 2021 season in which the Siena Saints went 0-8, losing by an average of 1.875 goals, and ending the year with a 12-11 loss against eventual MAAC champions Monmouth in the conference quarterfinals, Liam Gleason’s squad will be returning their top-leading scorer.

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Monmouth, Bryant, Drexel Secure Conference Titles and Lock Up NCAA AQs

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The Monmouth Hawks are heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since their first-ever trip in 2017 after taking down top-seeded Manhattan 14-9 in the MAAC Title game on Saturday afternoon.

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