Marist Hands Niagara a 19-7 Conference Loss

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. Niagara concluded a two-game road trip with a loss, as the Marist Red Foxes dropped the Purple Eagles by a score of 19-7 on Wednesday afternoon at Leonidoff Field.

The loss drops the Purple Eagles' mark to 1-2 in league play and 5-6 overall, while the Red Foxes remaining undefeated in the MAAC with a 3-0 record and stand at 9-2 on the season.

"We faced a very talented Marist squad today and were too tentative in our effort," head coach Wendy Stone said. "We will work to be better next time out."

Junior Carrie-Jo Farrugia led the Niagara offense with a trio of points off two goals and an assist, while Maria Battista, Erin Patenaude, Kayla Smith, Brittany Delano and Jaclyn Schreiber each tallied a goal for the Purple Eagles. Paige Matecki was also credited a helper on the afternoon and won a game-high seven draw controls.

Goaltending duties was split between Andrea Francisco and Paige Sasser. Francisco made on save in 34 minutes of play, while Sasser stymied four Marist shots in the remaining 25 minutes.

The Red Foxes scored three quick goals in the first four minutes of the game, including a pair of tallies from Kirsten Viscount. Niagara answered back with a goal from Farrugia to pull within two, 3-1. Marist followed with a 5-0 run as Jamie Romano and Allison Gionta each found the back of the net twice. Delano would score her ninth of the season on a free position shot to tie her career-high, but the Red Foxes' offense continued to press and wrapped up the first half with six more goals to head into intermission with a commanding 14-3 lead. Farrugia added the Purple Eagles' final tally in the stanza.

The second half was more evenly match, but the Purple Eagles could not generate enough offense to pull close to their MAAC foes. Marist began the half on a 3-1 run with NU's lone goal coming off the stick of Patenaude at the 24 minute mark. After Erin Schroeder tallied the Red Foxes' 17th goal of the game, the Purple and White went on its longest run, scoring three consecutive goals. Battista put away her career-high 22nd of the year on a free position attempt at 10:57 which was followed by Smith's unassisted tally, and Schreiber concluded Niagara's scoring in the contest off a feed from Matecki.

Marist's Olivia Waters and Natalie Bonaroti sealed the 12-goal victory with their first and third goals of the season, respectively.

Marist held a 29-19 advantage in shots, while Niagara won 16 draw controls compared to the Red Foxes' 12. The teams were dead even in the amount of groundballs picked up as each squad picked up 19.

The Purple Eagles return to Monteagle Ridge for a pair of games beginning with Iona on Saturday, Apr. 12 in conference action. The Purple Eagles and Gaels square off at 1:00 p.m. at Niagara Field.


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