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MEN'S LACROSSE BEATS MARIST TO WIN MAAC TITLE

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: May 07, 2017

FINAL SCORE
Monmouth 9 (14-3)
Marist 8 (10-6)

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY –
The No. 1 seed Monmouth University men's lacrosse team captured its first MAAC Tournament Championship with a thrilling 9-8 victory over No. 3 Marist on Sunday morning at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field.

The Hawks earned the MAAC's automatic bid into the 17-team NCAA Tournament field and will learn their NCAA fate on Sunday evening at 9 p.m. during the ESPNU Tournament selection show.  

Monmouth also extended the nation's longest winning streak to 11 games with the win.

Monmouth built a 6-2 lead in the second quarter before Marist stormed back with a five-goal run to take a 7-6 lead with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Hawks answered with a run of three straight goals, started by Chris Daly's goal with eight seconds remaining in the third quarter. Bryce Wasserman's over-the-shoulder backhander put the Hawks in front early in the fourth and Dylan Schulte scored with 5:09 to play to make it 9-7.

Marist pulled within one with a minute remaining and won the ensuing faceoff, but Monmouth's defense held the Red Foxes on the game's final possession to secure the win.  

NOTES & QUOTES
“It's hard to put it into words, it's somewhat surreal. I'm just proud, excited and happy for the guys. The staff and I stood off to the side and just watched how happy they were during the celebration. It's one of the reasons why we do what we do and we're excited to get a few more days with these guys."

“We've been a resilient group all year. This game played out like so many of our last few games and we battled through some adversity when they went on their run in the third quarter. You have to play hard for 60 minutes in this game and we did that today and made the plays we needed to make.”
- Head Coach Brian Fisher

“We've had a lot of losses on this field in past, but we just found a way to fight. Credit to our preparation and coaching staff as we battled through and got the win. It's huge for the program, we are only four years into it and it's great to win the MAAC Championship, and I'm hungry for the next one. ”
- Junior Dylan Schulte

- Monmouth's victory extends the program-record winning streak to 11 games.
- Monmouth's 11-game winning streak is the longest in the nation.
- Monmouth improved to 14-3 on the season.
- The Hawks 14 overall victories are tied with Albany for the most in the NCAA.
- The Hawks wore their icy white helmets with white jerseys and white shorts.
- Monmouth's defense has held opponents under double digits in 13 straight games.
- The Hawks are 13-1 when holding an opponent to nine goals or less.
- Monmouth is now 2-5 against Marist in seven all-time meetings with their second straight win.
- Monmouth outshot Marist 42-26, including 22-20 in shots on goal.
- Tyler Keen was named the MAAC Tournament MVP
- Eamon Campbell, Chris Daly and Andrew Grajewski were named to the All-Tournament Team

NUMBERS CRUNCH

- As a team, Monmouth is outscoring its opponents 115-70 over the 11-game winning streak.
- Tyler Keen, Chris Daly and Dylan Schulte each scored twice in the win. Keen has 27 goals on the year after his 12th -career and second consecutive multi-goal game.
- Daly has 17 goals this season and 72 for his career. Daly, who is Monmouth's all-time points leader, now has 99 for his career.
- Schulte has 11 goals in 2017 and reached 30 career goals.  
- Eamon Campbell extended his goal-scoring streak to nine games. Campbell has 21 goals and 13 assists on the year.
- Nick Hreshko made 12 saves in goal for Monmouth. It was the 11th double-digit save performance of the season for Hreshko.
- Bryce Wasserman extended his points streak to 15 games with his goal in the fourth quarter and the assist of Daly's tying goal to end the third. Wasserman now has 43 points this season (28 goals, 15 assists).
- Dan Bloodgood's goal gave him 10 on the season.

NEXT UP
Monmouth will learn its NCAA opponent on Sunday evening at 9 p.m. during the ESPNU Tournament selection show.