Marist Red Foxes

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Marist Red Foxes
Logo
University Marist College
Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Pioneer Football League
NCAA Division I, FCS Football
Athletic director Tim Murray
Location Poughkeepsie, NY
Varsity teams 23
Football stadium Tenney Stadium
Basketball arena McCann Arena
Baseball stadium James J. McCann Baseball Field
Other arenas Gartland Athletic Field, Tennis Pavilion, Longview Park
Mascot Shooter
Nickname Red Foxes
Fight song Marist Fight Song
Colors
     Red       White
Website goredfoxes.cstv.com

The Red Foxes are the athletic teams of Marist College. The Marist Red Foxes compete in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) the only exception being football, a member of the Pioneer Football League (PFL).

The Red Foxes make up 23 varsity teams. Separate men's and women's teams are sponsored for basketball, tennis, crew, lacrosse, soccer, cross country, track, swimming and diving. Sponsored women's teams are softball, volleyball, and water polo. While sponsored men's teams are baseball and football. These varsity programs involve more than 550 Marist student-athletes. The crew programs are among the few in the nation that claim on-campus facilities.

The red fox or reynard is indigenous to the Hudson Valley where Marist is located and is regarded as highly intelligent and cunning. It is the red fox from which Marist's school colors of red and white are derived.

Marist has been recognized by Sports Illustrated as having one of the top 200 college athletic programs in the U.S.[1]

Achievements[edit]

The Marist athletic department is the biggest and most successful in the MAAC. Marist has been awarded the MAAC conference's highest honor, the Commissioner's Cup, more than any school in history. The Commissioner's Cup is given annually to the most successful MAAC athletic department over the course of the year.

During the 2013-2014 academic year Marist captured four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championships and once again earned the MAAC Commissioner’s Cup. The Red Foxes extended their conference record of overall (men's and women's sports) Commissioner’s Cups to 12.[2]

In 2014 for the 13th straight year Marist led the MAAC with 235 selections to the conference's Academic Honor Roll.[3] Marist also had 47 student athletes selected to the PFL's 2013 Academic Honor Roll.[4]

Rivalries[edit]

Shooter the red fox posing at Tenney Stadium on the Marist College campus

Men's basketball – Siena College, Iona College

Women's basketball – Fairfield University, Iona College, Siena College, Ohio State University,

Men's rowing – United States Military Academy, Trinity College, Hartford, Hobart College, Ithaca College, University of Delaware,

Women's rowing - Loyola University Maryland

Football – University of San Diego, Georgetown University, Bucknell University

Baseball – Manhattan College, United States Military Academy, Siena College

Swimming – Rider University, Loyola University Maryland

Softball – Canisius College

Track – Manhattan College, Iona College

Men's Soccer - Fairfield University

Women's soccer – Siena College

Men's tennis – Fairfield University

Women's tennis – Fairfield University

Men's lacrosse - Siena College

Women's lacrosse - Siena College

Battle of I-87[edit]

Siena College located in Albany, New York is Marist's fiercest rival, most notably in men's basketball. Siena has ended Marist's season in the MAAC tournament 5 times between 1999 and 2007. Many fans and sportswriters refer to this match-up as "The Battle of I-87" because of the two-hour proximity of each school on Interstate 87 (Coincidentally, the approximate distance between the two is 87.4 miles). Although this rivalry exists in all sports, it is most heated during the basketball season. During the 1983–1984 season a brawl between the two basketball teams, their fans and coaches at McCann put the series on hiatus for three years.[5][6] The animosity goes back to when both schools competed at the Division II level, then the ECAC Metro Conference and continues today in the MAAC.

Fight Song[edit]

Marist, College, Let the bells ring.
Honor, Glory, Your Praises We Sing.

We're here with banners fly-ing!
Our shouts of victory cry-ing! Rah! – Rah! – Rah!
Alma, Mater, We love you dear.
Conquering, Heroes, We're here to cheer.

We have no fear for Marist College,
We'll fight on to victory.

Marist, Foxes, We're on the run.
Up hill, downhill, having much fun.

We lure our every foe,
Into the Red Fox hole. Rah! – Rah! – Rah!

Scratch them, tear them, rip them a part.
Offense, Defense – right from the start,

We have no fear for our Red Foxes,
They'll fight on to Victory.

Baseball[edit]

Mens Basketball[edit]

Womens Basketball[edit]

The Marist women's basketball team won 20 games for the first time during the 1981-1982 season going 21-10 under head coach Susan Deer. They would not reach the 20 win plateau again until the hiring of Brian Giorgis before the 2002-2003 season. In Brian's first season Marist would go 20-11, (13-5 MAAC). Since then, under Brian's guidance, Marist has dominated the MAAC with 10 championships and has become a powerhouse on the national stage.

The first conference crown came in 2004 followed by another one in 2006. Although Marist would lose both times in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (2004 to Oklahoma and 2006 to Georgia) these games were just building blocks for greater successes.

Marist women's basketball game vs Boston University at McCann Arena

In March 2007, after a going 27-5 and making the NCAA tournament for the third time in school history, Marist's women's basketball team surprised a nation of NCAA fans under the leadership of co-captains Alisa Kresge and Nikki Flores, carried by Rachele Fitz. They became the third 13th seed to make it to the Sweet 16 since the women's tournament expanded to 64 teams. They defeated 4th-seeded Ohio State and 5th-seeded Middle Tennessee to make it to the Sweet 16.[7]

In March 2008, the women's basketball team was seeded 7th in the New Orleans Regional of the NCAA Basketball Tournament where they defeated the 10th seeded Depaul Blue Demons 76–57.[8] They were then defeated by the 2nd seeded LSU Lady Tigers 68–49 on March 24, 2008, ending Marist's 22-game winning streak.[9]

The 2009 and 2010 Women's NCAA Basketball Tournaments saw Marist lose in the first rounds to Virginia and Georgetown respectively.[10][11]

In the 2011 NCAA tournament the women's basketball team defeated Iowa State in the first round and were thoroughly defeating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the 2nd round until Marist's best player Erica Allenspach was injured. Duke took the lead late in the 2nd half and prevailed 71-66.[12][13]

During the 2011-2012 season the Marist women's basketball team won their seventh straight MAAC championship by crushing Fairfield in the MAAC Final 61-35.[14] They would go on to the NCAA Tournament as a 13 seed and beat 4th seed Georgia 76-70.[15] Marist would then lose a tough game in the second round 66-63 to the 5th seed St. Bonaventure[16] ending another successful season for a team that was viewed as Marist's most vulnerable in years.[17]

The 2012-2013 season was the third time in the last six years that Marist would go undefeated in MAAC regular season play (18-0).[18] Marist cruised through the MAAC tournament and defeated Iona 72-48 in the championship game.[19] This was Marist's 9th MAAC title tying St. Peters for the most championships in MAAC history.[20]

Shortly after winning the 2013 MAAC crown Brian Giorgis was named an assistant coach for the USA Women's World University Games Team during the 2013 games to be held in Kazan Russia.[21]

In the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament Marist struggled offensively and lost a tough first round game to Michigan State 55-47.[22]

Marist extended their MAAC dominance during the 2013-2014 season winning their 10th overall MAAC crown and 9th straight after overcoming a 17 point deficit against Quinnipiac University in the conference tournament championship game to win 70-66.[23] The game was Marist's 26th MAAC tournament win in a row.[24]

Marist was defeated 87-65 by their hosts, a red hot shooting Iowa Hawkeyes team who shot 12 of 25 from 3-point range and 57 percent from the field, in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.[25]

Crew[edit]

Marist has a large and active rowing program. Marist currently hosts both men's and women's heavyweight and lightweight teams all of which compete as part of the MAAC. The teams row out of the Marist Boathouse on campus and use Longview Park to host races. While the women's teams have won 10 conference titles and only finished lower than second once, the men's team in particular dominates the MAAC and has won the rowing title every year since joining the league, except in 2000 when they finished second to Loyola.[26]

Each spring Marist competes against the United States Military Academy for the President's Cup Trophy. The two teams switch off hosting the event each year. West Point's proximity (30 miles south, on the opposite shore of the Hudson) and its competitive rowers (despite its club team status) has led to an intense rivalry developing over the years. The President's Cup Regatta, named in honor of former Marist College President Linus Richard Foy has been an annual event for over four decades.[27]

Spectators at the 1907 Poughkeepsie Regatta

Each October, since 2009, Marist also hosts the Poughkeepsie Regatta at Longview Park on the Hudson River. From 1895 to 1949 the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championship race was held in Poughkeepsie on the same site that is now Longview Park. The original races started off Rogers Point in Hyde Park and ended about a mile south of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge.[28] The top college teams would attend and Poughkeepsie was known as the rowing capital of the world.[28] There were about 125,000 fans along the route in 1929, and 100,000 in 1930.[28] 2009 competitors included Marist, Columbia, Cornell, Navy, Pennsylvania, Syracuse, Army, and Vassar College.[28]

Marist routinely participates in the annual ECAC championships, the NYSCCA (New York State) rowing championships and the IRA national championships.

During the summer of 2002 the Marist men's varsity eight boat advanced to the semifinals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.[29]

In 2013 the women's program qualified for the inaugural NCAA Rowing Championships in Indianapolis.[30][31]

Football[edit]

Marist vs Davidson 2012

Football started at Marist as a club sport in 1965 and became a varsity sport in 1978 as a Division III independent. In 1993 football moved up to Division I-AA and in 1994 became the first Marist athletic team to become a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Marist plays its home games in Tenney Stadium on the main campus in Poughkeepsie, NY.

In February 2008, Marist joined the Pioneer Football League as its tenth member effective for the 2009 season, ending the MAAC Football League.[32]

Lacrosse[edit]

The men's lacrosse team has been to one NCAA Tournament after winning the MAAC lacrosse title in 2005. They would go on to play eventual national champion Johns Hopkins in the first round. Marist was soundly defeated 22-6.[33]

The women's team has been to two NCAA Tournaments. Losing both times in the first round to Colgate (2008) and Maryland (2010).[34]

Soccer[edit]

The men's soccer program has qualified for three NCAA tournaments (2000, 2004 & 2005) and the women's program once (2011).

The 2004 men's team lost a tough first round game in overtime 2-1 to the University of Connecticut.

In 2005, the men's team suffered another tough first round loss to St. John's University, 3-1.

Tennis[edit]

The Marist men's team is arguably the most successful program in the conference having advanced to play in 11 Division I NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. If not winning the conference they have been in the hunt almost every year.

The women's team also has been moderately successful having advanced to 4 Division I NCAA Women's Tennis Championships.

Swimming and Diving[edit]

The Marist men's and women's programs are the most successful programs in MAAC history.

The men have won 12 MAAC titles (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008).[35]

The women have won 15 MAAC titles (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).[35]

In addition the men have won two Metropolitan team championships (1990, 1995) and the women two (1994, 1995).[35] The women have also won two ECAC championships (1994, 1995).[35] Marist has had 3 ECAC athletes of the year, Brian Bolstad in 2010, Devin O'Nalty in 2008 and Jamie Falco in 2007.[35]

Water Polo[edit]

Marist water polo competing at UC San Diego Tournament

The Marist athletic department added women's water polo in 2000. They started competing in the MAAC after the league began sponsoring the sport In 2003. Since then the team has been nationally ranked on several occasions and has won 4 MAAC titles (2006, 2008, 2009 & 2010) each of which earned them an automatic berth to the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship Tournament.

Softball[edit]

Marist has won two MAAC championships which advanced them to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship (2006 & 2013).

Facilities[edit]

James J. McCann Recreation Center[edit]

The James J. McCann Recreation Center consists of three major areas and dozens of minor ones. The three major areas are the McCann Field House, the Natatorium, and the Strength and Conditioning Center.[36]

Main article: McCann Field House

McCann Arena is a 3,200-seat multi-purpose arena home to the men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams. It also hosts special events such as concerts for the student population.[37]

The natatorium is a 265,000 US gallons (1,000 m3) facility, ranging in depth from 4 feet (1.2 m) to 13 feet (4.0 m). It provides six 25-yard (23 m) lanes and an independent diving well. The well contains two 1-meter and one 3-meter diving board.[38]

The Strength and Conditioning Center is two floors. The lower floor consists of weight training equipment, the upper floor consists of cardiovascular training equipment. All told, the facility can easily accommodate 100 students simultaneously.[36]

Minor areas include two racquetball courts, a 2,200-square-foot (200 m2) dance studio, five locker rooms, a classroom, the Pepsi Hall of Fame multi-media meeting room, the 2,100-square-foot (200 m2) Dr. Maynard Center for Sports Medicine, the Academic Enhancement Center, the 4,200-square-foot (390 m2) Coach's Complex, an 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m2) Mondo-surfaced auxiliary gymnasium, used heavily by intramurals and club sports, and a student lounge.[36]

Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field[edit]

Main article: Leonidoff Field

McCann Baseball Field[edit]

Tennis pavilion[edit]

In 2006, a tennis pavilion opened to support the men's and women's tennis programs. It features eight lighted, regulation-sized courts, a center walkway, and a pergola-covered spectator area. Along with Marist the United States Military Academy and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, host site of the U.S. Open, are the only tennis venues in the area that can boast a Deco II playing surface. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill the pavilion is located on the east campus.[39][40] The pavilion replaced the old tennis courts that were removed in 1994 to make room for the construction of the Student Center.

Boathouse Row and Longview Park[edit]

Cornell (foreground) and Marist boathouses with Poughkeepsie Bridge in distance

The athletic facilities with the greatest amount of history in the Marist College Athletic Department are the boathouses located on campus, which sit on the banks of the Hudson River. It is rare in collegiate rowing to have on-campus rowing facilities.

Gazebo at Longview Park

Two houses exist: the original Cornell University boathouse once occupied by Cornell's crew teams during their annual training and racing at the Poughkeepsie Regatta, which was held in Poughkeepsie from the late 19th century until 1949, and the newer adjacent Marist boathouse, which stands on the former site of the University of California and University of Washington boathouses. The Marist boathouse features a boat bay, which contains a fleet of 16 top-of-the-line Vespoli shells. Additionally, on the second floor are 30 Concept II ergs, free weights, a video viewing lounge and a coaching office. The Cornell boathouse was remodeled in 2008, and currently is used by the school President for administrative functions, as well as housing a few racing shells for the women's team.[41]

The 12 acre Longview Park is home of the champion Marist men's and women's rowing teams. It is where Marist hosts intercollegiate and interscholastic rowing regattas. It has a bike/walk path along the Hudson River's east shore, a fishing pier, the boathouses, and a gazebo with scenic vistas on a promontory in the center of the park.

Gartland Athletic Field & Softball Field[edit]

Also known as North Field, the Gartland Athletic Field now serves as a core practice facility for Marist intercollegiate sports, including soccer, lacrosse, and rugby. It is also a playing field for club sports and general recreation. At almost 10 acres (40,000 m2) in size, the field is large enough to accommodate three team practices simultaneously. The turf is composed of a Kentucky bluegrass, rye and fescue mix situated on a sand and organic material base. An irrigation system provides 85 sprinkler heads to help maintain this practice location.

The intercollegiate Softball field, equipped with a state-of-the-art electronic score board and newly renovated dugouts, resides in the far corner of North field. A practice softball field at the opposite end of the field is used during tournament play, intramural games, and sole club sports.[42]

See also[edit]

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