April 10, 2011

Marist Racks Up 19 Goals on Niagara

from press release

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Marist women's lacrosse team defeated Niagara 19-7, Sunday afternoon on Senior Recognition Day at Marist College. The team captured their first MAAC win of the season on their highest scoring output of 2011. Their record improves to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the MAAC. The high scorers of the game were junior Kelly Condon (Roslyn, Pa.) and junior Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with seven points each.

After honoring Erin Betsch (Port Washington, N.Y.), Meg Cleary (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Jessica Guarino (Wantagh, N.Y.) in a pre-game senior ceremony, the Marist offense came out clicking on all cylinders. They started the afternoon of with a 3-0 run in the first five minutes of the game. Junior Shannon Haas (Farmingdale, N.Y.) started the scoring with a goal 28 seconds in the game. Condon and Kramer put home goals at 28:44, and 24:55 respectively to complete to early-game run. With Marist winning the first three draw controls and subsequently converting their offensive drives, Niagara did not have their first possession until 24:50 into the game. The Purple Eagles went on to score their first goal of the afternoon on an Emily French shot at 23:10. Haas and Condon notched their second goals of the game at 21:59 and 20:26 to push Marist's lead to 5-1.

After an Emily Chayka free position goal sophomore Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) started the team's second 3-0 run of the game with her fifth goal of the season. At 16:11, sophomore Jessica Irvine (Hauppauge, N.Y.) took an Ariel Kramer pass and beat Niagara's goalie for her first career goal. Freshman Tierney Larson (Fairfield, Conn.) completed the goal run two minutes later at 14:24.
Niagara halted the streak with a Taryn Burkholder tally at 14:02, but this was again then followed by another 3-0 run by Marist. Bailey Knapton, Ariel Kramer and Megan Walters scored the goals at 13:39, 12:12, and 10:59 respectively. After a Niagara goal at 9:18, the offenses went silent as Marist went scoreless for nearly 8 minutes. The goal drought ended with sophomore Ashley Miller's (Montville, N.J.) first goal of the day at 1:38 and it was followed up by Haas' final goal of the day with 17 seconds remaining in the half. The teams went to half with Marist leading 13-4.

Marist started the second half strong with freshman Jamie Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.) notching her first goal of the game at 28:04. With that goal she extended her consecutive point streak to 11 games. The Red Foxes offense continued controlling the game with four more goals over the next 16:15 minutes of the second half. During this time both Condon and Miller capped off their hat tricks. In Miller's case, this was the first hat trick of her career. For the game, this made three Red Foxes with hat tricks on the afternoon.

Junior Jori Procaccini (Long Valley, N.J.) notched her first goal of the game at 13:45 and it pushed the Marist lead to 18-4. Stymied for 27:40 Niagara snapped their scoreless streak with an Emily Chayka free position goal at 11:38. Niagara outscored Marist 2-1 over the last 7:01 to close out the game. Procaccini scored the sole Marist goal in that time span. After 60 minutes of action, Marist had defeated Niagara 19-7 in their highest-scoring game in over a year.

Defensively Marist was led by Romano and sophomore Megan Walters (Garden City, N.Y.), who each caused two turnovers. Romano also led the team with four ground balls and three draw controls. Ashley Casiano made 7 saves in goal for the Red Foxes on the day.

As a team, Marist led Niagara in shots at 32-21, in ground balls at 26-15, in caused turnovers at 9-5. The team went a perfect 18 for 18 in clears.

The Red Foxes will next be in action on Friday, April 15 as they host Iona for a 4 p.m. matchup.

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