March 16, 2011

Condon Goal with 0:26 Left Lifts Marist

from press release

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Marist women's lacrosse team evened up their 2011 record with a 9-8 victory versus Stony Brook University. In a game filled with scoring swings, it was a goal by junior Kelly Condon (Roslyn, Pa.) with 26 seconds remaining, that gave the Red Foxes just enough to collect the win. For the game, freshman Jamie Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.) led Marist's offense with her first career hat trick. Following her in the goal scoring column were Condon and junior Shannon Haas (Farmingdale, N.Y.) with two a piece.

After a quick Stony Brook goal by Samantha Djaha at 29:00, the game slowed down as nearly ten minutes of play went by with a goal. Two saves by sophomore goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) kept the Red Foxes close as they found offense hard to come by without the presence of leading goal scorer junior Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.), who was sidelined with an injury. A goal by Haas got Marist on the board at 19:24. Building off the goal, the Red Foxes converted their next two possessions into points as freshman Bailey Knapton (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and Romano scored. This marked Knapton's first collegiate goal. Two Stony Brook goals closed the half, to send the teams to their locker rooms, tied up at 3-3.

Coming out after halftime, the Seawolves capped their three goal run with a Victoria Cable goal 38 seconds into the second. Starting with a Haas goal at 27:39, the Red Foxes staged their second three-plus goal streak of the game as they converted five in a row. Romano notched two of the tallies off assists from freshman Tierney Larson (Fairfield, Conn.) and sophomore Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.). Condon picked up her first goal of the game at the 23:49 mark. Junior Jori Procaccini (Long Valley, N.J.) scored the fifth and final, unanswered goal for Marist with her successful free-position shot at 22:40. During that 4:59 span, the Red Foxes extended their lead to 8-4. Over the next 18 minutes, Stony Brook's offense dictated the action as they scored four to even up the game at 8-8 with 4:58 remaining.

The final minutes of the game proved to be filled with drama as Stony Brook mounted an attack only to be denied by the post and Marist had their best opportunity denied by goalie Mickey Cahill. Finally, after sophomore Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) passed out of a free-position opportunity with 32 seconds remaining, Condon took the ball from the back, right edge of the goal mouth and slashed across the middle to score the game-winner for Marist with 26 ticks left on the clock. A final draw-control by Tuck was all that the Red Foxes needed to secure their third victory of the year.
Marist was led on defense by senior Erin Betsch (Port Washington, N.Y.), who in her first start of the season, caused four turnovers and picked up three ground balls.

For the game, Marist outshot Stony Brook 21 to 19, collected more ground balls at 24 to 18 and won more draw controls at 10 to 9.

Condon, Procaccini and Romano all extended their consecutive points scored streaks to 8, 6 and 6 games respectively.

The Red Foxes will next be in action on Saturday, March 19 as they host Vermont for a 12 p.m. matchup.

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