February 23, 2011

Marist Defeats Lafayette in Double OT

from press release

EASTON, Pa. - The Marist women's lacrosse team earned their first victory of the season against Lafayette in a dramatic 13-12 double overtime game. Junior Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with four goals scored including the game-winner with 1:09 left in the second overtime period. Sophomore goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) also played a pivotal role in Marist's win as she made 14 saves, 10 of which were in the second half and overtime periods.

Lafayette led off the scoring when Katie Leto scored off an Addie Godfrey pass 4:35 into the contest. Marist responded quickly as Kramer put a shot in the back of the net less than a minute later to tie the score. Junior Jori Procaccini (Long Valley, N.J.) notched Marist's second goal of the game at the 22:23 mark of half. After a Lafayette rebuttal, the Red Foxes scored three straight as freshman Jamie Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.), sophomore Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) and junior Kelly Condon (Roslyn, Pa.) put the team up 5-2 going into halftime.

After a relatively slow-scoring first half, the second period of play was marked by offensive explosion as 14 goals were scored in total. In the first six minutes of the half alone, six goals were scored, three for Marist via Condon, Kramer and sophomore Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and three for Lafayette. After a Godfrey goal at 21:21 closed the gap to 8-6, the teams exchanged goals over the next 15 minutes as Kramer, Condon and Procaccini scored to keep the Marist lead at three. Down 11-8 with 5:25 to go in the game, Lafayette mounted a three goal comeback to force overtime.

In keeping with her dynamic second half play in the crease, Casiano came up with two free position shot saves for Marist in the overtime periods. Procaccini's go-ahead goal at the 3:52 mark was answered by a Godfrey goal with 1:20 left forcing a second overtime period. In the sudden victory second overtime period, Kramer took her fourth shot of the game and scored her fourth goal to help the Red Foxes defeat the Leopards for their fifth straight meeting.
Today's win marked the first victory of Head Coach Jessica O'Brien's collegiate coaching career.

The Red Foxes will next be in action on Wednesday, March 2 as they travel to Binghamton for a 4 p.m. contest.

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