Womens’ Lax Gears For MAACs

The Marist College women’s lacrosse team has secured the fifth seed in the 2019 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, following a packed week of games that included a loss to Siena College and a regular season-closing victory over Iona College that solidified the team’s standing in the conference tournament.

Marist, seeded fifth in the tournament, will compete in a first-round matchup with fourth-seeded Manhattan College on Sat. Apr. 27. The Red Foxes lost the previous matchup against the Jaspers, but won the previous three games dating to 2016.

The game against Siena on Wed. Apr. 17 resulted in a 18-10 loss. The loss dropped the Red Foxes to 3-4 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play and 6-9 overall.

The first seven minutes against Siena featured back-and-forth scoring from both sides. Siena had a three-goal lead with 14:03 minutes left in the half, and after several more goals by both sides (three for each side in that last 14-minute span), Siena took a 9-5 lead into halftime.

The Red Foxes came out hot after the break, as Samantha Mehalick and Hailey Wagner each notched unassisted goals to cut the Siena lead to 9-7. Following a timeout, however, the Saints were able to regroup and pull off a five-goal run to increase its lead to 14-7. While the Red Foxes were able to rally and score three unanswered goals, Siena responded with four of their own to seal the eight-goal victory.

Head coach Jessica Wilkinson felt her team was capable of more.

“Today we came out flat. I don’t think there was a lot of positives to take from the game,” Wilkinson said in reference to her team’s performance against the Saints. “If anything, I think we did a good job on the drop for the most part, but at the same time it definitely isn’t enough to win a game against Siena who’s having a really good season.”

Kaitlyn Dowsett, Samantha Mehalick and Hailey Wagner were some of the top performers for the Red Foxes. Dowsett paced Marist with five goals to go with two assists for a game-high seven points. Mehalick and Wagner each recorded three points, and Wagner notched a game-high 14 draw controls.

Following the defeat, the Red Foxes needed a standout win to cap their regular season, and they accomplished that in a 15-10 victory at Iona College on Sat. Apr. 20.

The game, played at Iona in New Rochelle, N.Y., featured a hot start from the Gaels, who jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. However, Marist would outscore Iona 15-7 the rest of the way, due in large part to superior draw controls and a fiery offensive attack. Much like the Siena game, it was Wagner who led Marist with four goals, while Audrey Cerrone and Samantha Mehalick each registered three.

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