Hudson Valley Sports Report

MARIST WOMEN STILL SET TO PLAY DESPITE CAMPUS PAUSE

All Other Sports Teams Are Shut Down Until March 23

 

POUGHKEEPSIE – Marist College announced Wednesday that it was entering a voluntary campus-wide pause after more than 40 positive cases of the coronavirus were found.

The pause, which started at 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, will last through 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23. During this time, Marist’s Division I athletic programs will be suspended and all scheduled contests will be called off.

However, that does not include the Marist women’s basketball team.

The Red Foxes left Poughkeepsie on Tuesday en route to the NCAA Tournament in San Antonio. The No. 15 Foxes will meet second-seeded Louisville in the first round of the tourney on Monday night, March 22, at 8 p.m.

San Antonio is the host for the entire three-week tournament and the 64 teams are housed in a virtual bubble. Every player, coach and staff member with the traveling party will be tested for COVID-19 every day until their first game, so if any Marist member caught the virus before leaving campus it will make itself known.

Marist’s current COVID-19 case numbers remain well below the New York State guidelines that would mandate a transition to virtual learning. Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution and to protect the health and safety of the campus community, the school said in a statement that “we believe this is the best course of action to mitigate additional spread of the virus. The top priority of Marist College throughout this pandemic has been the health and safety of the entire campus community.”

The Marist Athletics Department has maintained strict compliance with protocols established by the NCAA, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), New York State, and Dutchess County.

 

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