Marist Takes Control of MAAC Race with Victory
from press release
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Marist
women’s lacrosse team (12-2, 6-0 MAAC) gained sole possession
of first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)
with a 13-6 rout of Fairfield (10-4, 5-1 MAAC). The Stags were
previously undefeated in conference play as well. With the win, the
Red Foxes improve to 12-2 overall, 6-0 in the MAAC, and maintain
sole possession of first play in conference standings.
Sophomore Kara McHugh (Madison, Conn.) led Marist with four goals. Freshman Natalie Bonaroti (Pittsburgh, Pa.), sophomore Allison Gionta (Eastport, N.Y.), junior Kirsten Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) and senior Jamie Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.) netted two goals apiece and Gionta added an assist. Senior Tierney Larson (Fairfield, Conn.) scored a goal and dished out an assist in her hometown. Junior Emily Leonard (Brookville, Conn.) contributed two assists in the win.
Romano won five draw controls while fellow senior captain Bailey Knapton (Canandaigua, N.Y.) won four. Romano and junior Christine Astarita (Kennett Square, Pa.) caused a team-high two turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Abigail Witczak (Mendham, N.J.) made 11 saves in the net for Marist.
The Red Foxes jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with 26:46 left in the first half with goals by Gionta, McHugh, and Larson. Fairfield’s Jenna Slowey scored at the 21:46 mark to cut the Red Fox lead to two. McHugh scored her second unassisted goal of the afternoon at the 20:46 mark to put Marist back ahead by three. Jamie Leone and Slowey netted back-to-back goals to pull within one of the Red Foxes with 19:16 to go in the first.
Bonaroti capitalized on a free-position shot followed by an unassisted Viscount goal to post a 6-3 advantage for Marist with 13:59 to play. Slowey scored her third of the game for Fairfield at the 12:12 mark but her Stags still trailed Marist 6-4. Bonatroti, McHugh, and Romano each scored once goal for Marist in the final eight minutes of the half and held the Stags to no goals to take a 9-4 lead at half.
Only a combined six goals were scored in the second half, but four were in favor of Marist. Fairfield’s Riley Hellstein took advantage of a free position to open up the second half as the Red Foxes led, 9-5. A man-up opportunity for Marist resulted in back-to-back goals by Viscount and McHugh to increase Marist’s lead to six with 20:31 to go.
Melanie Raso scored for Fairfield with 12:45 left in the second half but it would prove to be their final goal of the afternoon as Romano and Gionta capitalized on two shots to close the game. Marist claimed battle for first place and downed the Stags, 13-6.
Marist returns to action on Wednesday, April 23 at Siena. First draw is set for 4 p.m. in Loudonville, N.Y.
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