Row 1 (L-R):Head Coach Kate Lyn, Jessica Arabia, Rycke Guiney, Jaclynn Sabia, Nicole Kuhar, Marjana Maksuti, Samantha Pace.
Row 2 (L-R): Assistant Coach Rupert de los Reyes, Team Manager Annie Goor, Jackie Frey, Amanda Epstein, Samantha Panzner, Caitlin Landsman, Melanie Rigo.
Row 3 (L-R): Andrea Wicks, Marissa Mertens, Jamie Strumwasser, Chelsea Botta, Katie Hannis, Amanda Cardona, Caitlin Blauvelt, Alycia Cartica, Courey Schaetzle, Elisha Eddy, Mariah Downey, Kylee McIntosh, Briana D’Agati, Brooke Curtis, Assistant Coach Chris Lyn.
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist Women's Soccer team earned their first-ever MAAC Championship and their first NCAA bid with an exciting 1-0 victory over Loyola. In a hard-fought, physical battle, a goal by freshman forward Amanda Epstein in the 43rd minute stood up over the final 47 plus minutes as the game-winner. Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Landsman backstopped a stout Red Fox defense to earn her fifth shutout of the season.
The lone goal was significant for all of the players involved. For Maksuti this was her first career point, for Strumwasser this was her first career assist and for Epstein it was her 28th point of the season, a mark that puts her in a tie with Jamie Beirwirth for the most points in a single season.
For the game, Marist outshot Loyola 9-7 with a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal. The starting defensive alignment of juniors Chelsea Botta and Melanie Rigo, freshman Marissa Mertens, Arabia and Cartica helped Landsman secure the shutout on just one shot allowed.
The Red Foxes' helped collect their first-ever title by posting a perfect 3-0 record at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex this season. Post-match, four Red Foxes were named to the MAAC All-Tournament team: defender Jessica Arabia, midfielders Rycke Guiney, Landsman and Epstein. For her two-goal effort at the tournament Epstein was named the 2011 MAAC All-Tournament Most Valuable Player.
The Red Foxes ended their record-breaking season with a program best 13 wins on a 13-6-2 overall mark. Other records that fell in 2011 included freshman Amanda Epstein’s tie of the all-time single season points record of 28 and sophomore Rycke Guiney set the all-time single season assists record with nine helpers. Epstein also was the program's first-ever MAAC Rookie of the Year.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The Marist women's soccer team ended the most successful season in program history with a defeat over Boston College in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Facing off with the #21 Eagles, the Red Foxes fell by a score of 6-1. Senior Kathryn Hannis netted her second goal of the season when she got Marist on the board in the 49th minute.
Marist broke through at 3:14 into the second half as sophomore Samantha Panzner lofted a high cross from the right wing that found Hannis in mid-air. The senior captain controlled the ball and snapped off a quick header over the outstretched arms of the new Boston College goalkeeper Jessica Mickelson to bring the score within two at 3-1. In a span of 8:20 play between 58:12 and 66:32, Boston College re-found the style of play that helped them score three goals in the first half. During that period, the Eagles notched three goals to extend the lead to 6-1.
For the game, the Eagles held an 18-6 lead in shots, 9-2 in shots on goal and 7-0 on corner kicks. The Red Foxes ended their record-breaking season with a program best 13 wins on a 13-6-2 overall mark. Other records that fell in 2011 included freshman Amanda Epstein’s tie of the all-time single season points record of 28 and sophomore Rycke Guiney set the all-time single season assists record with nine helpers. Epstein also was the program's first-ever MAAC Rookie of the Year.