POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist football team wrapped up non-conference play with a 41-17 loss to Columbia of the Ivy League before 2,396 fans at Tenney Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Red Foxes now stand at 3-3 on the season, while Columbia improved to 4-0.
The Lions scored touchdowns on their first five offensive possessions of the game, and a 39-yard field goal by Oren Milstein gave them points on each of their offensive six drives in the first half. Columbia took a 38-0 lead to the locker room after the first 30 minutes.
- Marist got on the board on its first drive of the second half that included a 50-yard rush by red-shirt junior quarterback Mike White and was capped off on a two-yard touchdown pass from red-shirt senior running back Marcellus Calhoun to red-shirt sophomore tight end Jon Kanda to bring the score to 38-7.
- An interception by sophomore linebacker Maliek Carr on the ensuing Columbia possession gave the Red Foxes the ball on the Lions’ 43-yard line. An eight-play, 27-yard drive ended with a 33-yard field goal by red-shirt junior Joe Giglio to make it 38-10 Columbia.
- The Lions then extended their lead on a 39-yard field goal by Oren Milstein with 11:42 left in the game.
- A forced fumble by red-shirt junior nose tackle Enmanuel Soriano was recovered by red-shirt junior linebacker Connor Kamczyc at the Columbia 42. A seven-play, 42-yard drive for Marist ensued, and ended with a three-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Areg Nazarian to make the score 41-17.
The Red Foxes return to action and Pioneer Football League play when they travel to Indiana for a match-up with Valparaiso on Saturday, Oct. 14. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.