Marist Opens 2010 Season with Win Over Lafayette

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Starting a season with five straight goals in a ten minute span can certainly be considered getting off to a good start, and that's just what the Marist women's lacrosse team did in its first game of the season against Lafayette on Wednesday evening at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. That five goal lead eventually led to a 15-12 victory to put the Red Foxes at 1-0 to start the 2010 season.

Senior midfielder Morgan Dillon (Freeport, N.Y.) had a hat trick for Marist, and also added an assist and five ground balls. A pair of sophomores also had hat tricks for the Red Foxes, as Jori Procaccini (Long Valley, N.J.) and Kelly Condon (Roslyn, Pa.) each scored their first three goals of the season.

Freshman Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) also joined in on the scoring action, as she had a hat trick as well for the first three goals of her collegiate career.

"I was really pleased with how spread out the scoring was," coach Laura Campbell said. "Morgan did well and Amanda Tuck was awesome. I was very pleased with her performance as a freshman."

Sophomore Alyssa Littin (Cornado, Calif.) got the win in goal for Marist. She had eight saves in 30 minutes of play. Freshman Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) came in for the second half, and had five saves.

After Lafayette came out and controlled the ball in Marist's zone for the first three minutes of the game, the Red Foxes dominated the rest of the half. While they only outshot Lafayette 17-14 in the half, they made sure to convert on a majority of their scoring chances, as the Leopards only compiled three saves in the half.

Marist led in ground balls 12-9 and draw controls 9-8 in the first period and went into halftime with an 11-5 lead. The Red Foxes were outscored 7-4 and had 14 turnovers in the second period, but the cushion they created in the first half proved to be enough for the win.

"We wanted to take it to them really hard from the get go," Campbell said. "I think the first couple minutes were great but then it just got sloppy with turnovers. I think we just got a little complacent."

Senior Lindsay Rinefierd (Smithtown, N.Y.) had a solid day making plays for Marist. She had the first goal of the game and also added two assists. Fellow seniors Lauren Ciccarello and Erin Wilson also added a goal each for Marist, while Ciccarello also recorded an assist.

Lafayette sisters, freshman Ana and senior Maria Drewhing, totaled five goals for Lafayette. Maria Drewhing and Lauren Brown led the scoring for Lafayette with three apiece.

Marist returns to action on Saturday, Mar. 6 at 1:00 p.m. when they take on LeMoyne at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field in Poughkeepsie.


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