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Season ends in conference tournament for women's lacrosse team

By Joe Fitzhenry
On May 3, 2012

The Marist women's lacrosse team saw their season end at the hands of the Canisius Golden Griffins over the weekend. The Red Foxes fell to the Golden Griffins by a score of 14-5 in the opening game of the MAAC Tournament for each team.

The Red Foxes end the season 4-13 overall and 3-3 in the MAAC, while Canisius improves to 9-8 on the season.

"We didn't do what we wanted to do this year in terms of wins and losses," Head Coach Jessica O'Brien said. "But we were able to qualify for MAACs which I was happy with."

 Jamie Romano paced the Red Foxes in the losing effort with a pair of goals, while Morgan Leonard led the offensive charge for the Golden Griffins with four goals.

 The first 15 minutes of the opening half were relatively even for both sides as each team netted two goals, before Leonard scored at 14:06 to give the Golden Griffins a lead they would never relinquish.

  The goal marked the start of a 5-1 run by Canisius to close the half with Romano scoring the lone goal for the Red Foxes over that stretch.

  The Golden Griffins held a 7-3 advantage at halftime.

  Leonard put the eighth goal of the night on the board for Canisius with 26:43 to play, as the Golden Griffins would outscore the Red Foxes 7-2 in the second half, accounting for the final score of 14-5.

  Seniors Jori Procaccini and Ariel Kramer, playing their final game for the Red Foxes, scored the lone goals for Marist in the second half.

  Marist was outshot 26-19 in the game, including a 15-6 deficit in the first half.

  Ashley Casiano made five saves in net for the Red Foxes, while Kayla Scully recorded nine for Canisius.

  Kramer, Romano and junior Ashley Miller finish the year tied for the team lead in goals with 29 apiece. Kramer and fellow senior Kelly Condon close their careers ranked sixth and seventh in goals in Marist lacrosse history, with 87 and 90 goals respectively.

  "I was happy the way our team was able to step up after a number of injuries, which forced other girls to step up and gain some key experience," O'Brien said. "I will most remember the fight that the girls showed following the injuries.

  Kramer, Procaccini and Condon rank among the biggest losses due to graduation for the Red Foxes as they begin to look toward the 2013 season.  

  "I thought the biggest improvement we made over the course of the season was our continuity and the girls' ability to play with each other," O'Brien said. "We played better as a team as the season went on."

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