ONEONTA, N.Y. - Behind Brian Garofola's (Bellport, N.Y.) two goals, Marist College posted a 3-2 victory over the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team in first-round action of the Hartwick/Neptune Soccer Classic here this afternoon. The win improves the Red Foxes to 3-3-0 on the year, while the Wildcats, which entered the game ranked sixth in New England, fall to 3-2-0.
New Hampshire struck just 5:32 into the game when junior Andy Karam (Schenectady, N.Y.) deposited a feed from sophomore Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.) into the net to take a 1-0 lead. Joe Crespo (Bolton, Conn.) tied the game in the 28th minute when he blasted a shot into the top right corner of the net. With seconds remaining in the first half, Lawver scored on a free kick to give UNH a 2-1 halftime advantage.
The Red Foxes tied the game at 2 when Garofola scored in the 49th minute. Bryan Pettit (Whippany, N.J.) and Sean Murphy (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) assisted on the goal. Garofola then scored the game winner when he was awarded a penalty kick in the 58th minute which he converted for a 3-2 lead and the victory.
Senior Dan Sirota (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) went the distance in net for the 'Cats and turned away six shots. Carlos DeBrito (Union, N.J.) stopped one shot for the Red Foxes.
The Wildcats return to action tomorrow (9/16) when they face No. 4 Connecticut in second-round action of the Hartwick/Neptune Soccer Classic. Game time is 4 p.m.