Offensive Bursts Carry Iona by Marist in MAAC Match

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Senior Casey Scully tied her career-high with five goals as Iona tied a program-best, securing their eighth victory of the season against MAAC foe Marist, 11-3, on a chilly Wednesday afternoon at Mazzella Field.

Freshman Meghan Testoni finished second on the team with two goals. Junior Brittney Mabus added a pair of assist and classmate Kylie Gregory had a goal and an assist. Senior Emily Taddei, sophomore Brenna Lade and freshman Olivia McCarthy also scored for Iona in the win.

The Gaels controlled play the entire way and finished with a 32-21 edge in shots. The hosts were nearly-perfect on clear attempts, completing 17-18 and going perfect in the second half 10-10. The Gaels also scored three free-position shots, two in the first half and one in the second.

Sophomore netminder Maria Ortiz won her sixth game of the season making 12 saves, six in both periods.

Iona (8-5, 2-1 MAAC) scored the first four goals of the game with tallies from Scully, Gregory and a pair from Testoni. After a goal from Marist, Scully completed her hat trick to give the Maroon & Gold a 6-1 lead.

Iona was held off the scoreboard for the next 30 minutes of play until scoring at the 9:28 mark of the second half off a shot by Taddei. The Gaels added two more goals from Scully and McCarthy before Lade and the fifth goal by Scully with one second remaining gave Iona their second conference win of the year.

Ashley Miller led Marist (2-11, 1-2 MAAC) with two goals and netminder Ashley Casiano made 13 saves but was dealt the loss.

Iona will play two of their final three games this season on the road beginning with a trip up to Siena on Saturday at noon and then Manhattan on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Marist fell in a MAAC road match-up on Wednesday afternoon at Iona by a score of 11-3. In a game that was controlled the majority of time by tight defending and clutch goalkeeping, two short runs of three or more goals by Iona proved to be the difference in the battle for third place in the conference.

Junior Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) led the offense with two goals, while junior Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) spearheaded the defense with 13 saves.

The action began with an Iona feel as the Gaels would take the first five shots of the game over a 5:32 span. Luckily for the Red Foxes, Casiano was able to turn aside three of those first five shots to hold Iona to just a 2-0 lead. The Gaels would eventually convert two more shots to open up an initial 4-0 margin.

Marist would break through in the 16th minute of play when senior Kelly Condon (Roslyn, Pa.) found freshman Kirsten Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) from behind the net with a pass over Iona's goalkeeper and a one-timer conversion.

After a 2-0 run by Iona, Marist answered back before halftime at 4:46 when senior Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.) hit a slashing Miller across the mouth of the goal with a pass from the side of the net.

The teams would go to break with the score 6-2 in favor of Iona. Statistically, the Gaels also held advantages in shots at 17-9, shots on goal at 13-8 and draw controls at 7-2. The Red Foxes were perfect on first half clears at 7-7. Casiano recorded seven saves in the opening 30 minutes.

In the second half, offense was at a premium as the two teams were held scoreless over the first 20:32 of play. Individually speaking, Marist held Iona off the scoreboard for a span of 31:09, including the final 10:37 of the first half.

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