Marist Falls to Fairfield in MAAC Regular Season Finale

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. The Marist women's lacrosse team wrapped up its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule on Friday night with a 13-9 loss to the first-place Fairfield Stags at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. The Red Foxes finish MAAC play with a 4-2 record, wrapping up the third seed in next weekend's MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship hosted at Marist.

Senior midfield Morgan Dillon (Freeport, N.Y.) led all scorers with four goals. Prior to the game, Dillon along with fellow classmates Madeline Schuck (Cockeysville, Md.), Erin Wilson (Ada, Mich.), Lauren Ciccarello (Wantagh, N.Y.), and Lindsay Rinefierd (Smithtown, N.Y.) were honored with a special Senior Night ceremony.

Fairfield (11-4, 5-0 MAAC) took a 3-1 lead 7:31 into the game, getting goals from Brittany Bare, Caitlin Young, and Kristen Coleman. Marist (7-7, 4-2 MAAC) cut the lead to one, 4-3, with 13:16 to go in the half on goals by Dillon and Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.).

The Stags then grew the lead to three with 6:22 remaining in the first as Young and Katie MacKay put Fairfield ahead 6-3. The Red Foxes cut the lead to two, 6-4, at the 1:59 mark when Rinefierd assisted on a Jori Procaccini (Long Valley, N.J.) goal. Fairfield took a three-goal lead into halftime when Young scored her third with 59 seconds remaining, making the score 7-4.

The Stags led 8-4 early in the second half when Ciccarello and Shannon Haas (Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored back-to-back goals to cut the deficit in half, 8-6, with 20:15 to go in the game.

This was as close as Marist got. Fairfield scored three straight goals over the next 8:43, with a Coleman goal putting the Stags ahead 11-6 with 11:32 to go. Marist cut the lead to three late in the half on goals by Dillon and Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.), but Fairfield tacked on two more goals to take a 13-8 lead.

Fairfield outshot Marist 34-25 for the game, and also had a 17-12 edge in ground balls. Marist had a 14-10 advantage in draw controls, with Wilson collecting five of those for the Red Foxes. Fairfield goalie Katie Keenan made 12 saves for the Stags. Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) made 10 saves off the bench for Marist.

Marist wraps up the regular season with on Monday, April 26 with a 4:00 p.m. game at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field against Binghamton.

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The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team clinched its third consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League regular season title with a 13-9 win at Marist College on Friday night. The Stags improve to 11-4 overall and 5-0 in league play, while the Red Foxes fall to 7-7 on the year and 4-2 in MAAC action.

Brittany Bare tallied the first goal of the game, netting a free position goal 3:32 into the contest. The Red Foxes tied the score 43 seconds later, but consecutive goals from Caitlin Young (23:52) and Kristen Coleman (22:29) put the Stags ahead 3-1, a lead they would not relinquish. Marist answered the Coleman tally at the 21:56 mark, but Coleman responded 6:02 after that for a 4-2 Fairfield advantage.

Marist would again close within a goal, 4-3, at the 13:16 mark, but Katie MacKay and Caitlin Young scored at the 12:52 and 6:22 mark to make the margin three, 6-3. Marist got within two goals, 6-4, for the final time on the night with a Jori Procaccini goal at 1:59, before Young completed her first-half hat trick with 38 seconds to play in the half to make the score 7-4 at the intermission.

Amanda Best struck first for the Stags in the second-half, netting an unassisted goal for an 8-4 advantage with 25:36 to play in the game. Marist mounted a small 2-0 rally with goals at eh 23:47 and 20:15 mark, but again the Stags answered. MacKay ended the Marist run, with the eventual game-winning tally at the 18:10 mark.

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