Marist Falls to MAAC Rival Canisius

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist lost to MAAC rival Canisius by a score of 15-8 on Friday night. Coming in on a seven-game winning streak, the Golden Griffins continued their hot play and outlasted the Red Foxes to collect their eighth straight victory.

They improved to 9-3 on the season and 3-0 in the MAAC. Freshman Jamie Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.) led Marist (3-7, 0-2 MAAC) with a career-high six points scored on five goals and an assist.

After beginning with four minutes of back and forth play, Marist opened the scoring on a breakaway goal by sophomore midfielder Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) at 25:59. Canisius responded with two straight free position goals over the next 43 seconds to take a 2-1 lead. Marist equaled it up soon after as Tuck set up Romano with 20:50 remaining.

A minute and a half later, Romano scored again to give the Red Foxes a 3-2 lead, before the Golden Griffins quickly tied the game up at three, 42 seconds later. Over the final 18 minutes of the first half, the pace of play slowed down considerably, as only two goals were scored. Unfortunately for Marist both of the goals were scored by Canisius. After 30 minutes of action, the score was Canisius 5, Marist 3.

The goals came a little easier in the second half as the offenses started to manufacture good scoring opportunities. Four goals, three for the Golden Griffins and one for the Red Foxes were scored over the first 5:14 of the half. Romano picked up the Marist tally with her third goal of the game. After a Kate Gosson goal for Canisius at 24:00 stretched the lead to 9-4, Marist went on a three goal run to tighten the deficit.

The goal run was aided by multiple draw control victories and Canisius having three players carded with two minutes of each other. Romano was the first player to score for Marist as she converted a free position shot at 22:50. Junior midfielder Jori Procaccini (Long Valley, N.J.) followed up Romano's goal with a score of her own at 20:55. Romano finished the scoring run with her fifth goal of the game at 13:35.

Less than a minute later, Canisius senior forward Taylor Gray responded with the first of her two consecutive goals. Her second goal at 10:40 gave the Golden Griffins a four goal lead of 11-7. Romano kept the Red Foxes in the game this time by assisting on a goal by freshman midfielder Bailey Knapton (Canandaigua, N.Y.) with 8:33 remaining in the game.

With an 11-8 lead and eight minutes remaining, Canisius took control and notched four unanswered goals to make the final score after 60 minutes of action 15-8.

Romano led the Red Foxes offensively with five goals and an assist. Her five goals on the night brought her season total up to 18. For the Golden Griffins, they were led by Gray and Megan Oosting, who each scored four goals on the night.

As a team, the Red Foxes won 15 draw controls as compared to 10 for the Golden Griffins. Marist also won one more ground ball for the game winning 19 to Canisius' 18.

The next contest for the Red Foxes will be at home on Sunday afternoon when they will host Niagara at 1:00 p.m. Sunday's game is also Senior Recognition Day. Prior to the start of the game, there will be a short ceremony to honor Marist's three seniors, Erin Betsch, Meg Cleary and Jessica Guarino.

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The Canisius College women's lacrosse team continued its winning ways on Friday night, earning its first victory at defending conference champion Marist, 15-8, to extend the longest winning streak in the program's history. The Griffs have now won a school-record eight-straight games to improve to 9-3 on the season and 3-0 in MAAC play, while the Red Foxes fall to 3-8 on the season and 0-2 against league competition.

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