April 17, 2011

Marist Keeps MAAC Playoff Hopes Alive

from press release

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - In a game with huge postseason implications, the Marist women's lacrosse team came out and took care of business versus Manhattan on Sunday Night with a commanding 14-5 victory. With the win, Marist's record improves to 5-9 and 2-3 in conference. The Red Foxes were led by junior Jori Procaccini's (Long Valley, N.J.) five goal outburst. She was one of six Marist players with multi-point games.

The teams initially struggled to find their offense in the early portion of the game as it took more than eight and a half minutes for Procaccini to score the game's first at 21:26. Less than two minutes later, Procaccini was at it again, this time a passer, as she set up sophomore Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) to make it 2-0 at 19:42. Over the next seven minutes Manhattan clawed back into the contest and evened the score at 2-2 with 12:42 remaining in the first half. Sophomore Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) and junior Kelly Condon (Roslyn, Pa.) picked up goals in quick succession to once again give the Red Foxes a two goal lead at 4-2. After a BrieAnna Spatarella goal at 7:07 brought Manhattan within one goal, the Marist defense and consequently their offense took over for the rest of the game.

The Red Foxes would hold the Jaspers scoreless over the next 36:25 and expand their lead from 4-3 to 14-3.

Procaccini, Condon and Tuck rounded out the Marist goal scorers in the first half. Marist had a 7-3 lead after 30 minutes of action.

In the second half, Marist continued their offensive surge as Procaccini scored her hat trick goal at 27:43 off of a Miller pass. Tuck completed her hat trick seven minutes later at 20:01 as Condon set her up with a pass as she streaked to the net.
The only thing that could seemingly slow down Marist's crisp efficient offense was Mother Nature. Less than a minute after Tuck's goal, the game was halted as lightning made an appearance in the skies above Gaelic Park. After frantically evacuating the field and waiting out a 40 minute delay, the team came back to the field to complete the contest.

As expected with a long delay, it took some time for either side to get their offenses in line. Marist struck first at 13:17 as Procaccini took a Bailey Knapton (Canandaigua, N.Y.) pass and put it in the net for goal number four. A little over a minute later, freshman Jamie Romano got her name in the scoresheet as scored her first goal of the game. Not willing to settle with one goal, Romano picked up her second at 8:08 to stretch the Red Foxes' lead to 12-3.

With the clock under four minutes, Marist put the finishing touches on their offensive outburst with goals by Tuck at 3:52 and Procaccini at 2:54. Down 14-3, the Jaspers scored two goals in the final minute to finalize the score at 14-5.

Sophomore goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) and the defense came up huge in the team's most well-rounded game of the season. Casiano allowed just five goals and made nine saves, including three on free-position shots. She also led the team with four ground balls.

The Red Foxes stifling transition defense also forced Manhattan into making 21 turnovers, many of which had a hand in the Jaspers' 10 of 19 on clear chances.

For the game, Marist outshot Manhattan 35-20, collected more ground balls at 26-20 and caused more turnovers at 10-7.

This win sets up a situation where the winner of the Marist-Siena matchup on next Saturday will clinch the #4 seed in the MAAC tournament.

Before the Siena game, Marist will be in action as they host non-conference opponent St. Mary's (CA) on Wednesday in their final home game of the season at 4 p.m. This contest will be the team's Friends of Jaclyn game.

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