Row 1 (L-R): Kristen Powers, Molly Mihalicik, Emily St. Omer Roy, Madison Weber, Colleen Lischwe, Hillary Walling, Kaitlin McMurray, Hilary Schroeder, Assistant Coach Maureen Wertz.
Row 2 (L-R): Caitlin Hopkins, Rachel Sunday, Grace Hatcher, Angie Rampton, Samantha Swartz, Rosie Pauli.
Row 3 (L-R): Agnes Konopka, Kristen Barnett, Jessica Stevenson, Maggie Hatcher, Katelin McCahill, Elizabeth Davis, Head Coach Ashleigh Jacobs.
MAAC Championship Recap
Ahead 5-2 at halftime, the Marist women's water polo team withstood a late charge from Iona to win the 2008 MAAC Women's Water Polo Championship at the McCann Natatorium. This was the Red Foxes' second MAAC Championship in three years. Junior Katelin McCahill was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Angie Rampton and goalie Elizabeth Davis were named to the MAAC All-Tournament team.
Marist started the game on the right foot as Rampton scored 52 seconds into the game to give the Red Foxes a 1-0 lead. Iona tied the game with 4:32 on Lauren Peterson's first goal of the game. The Red Foxes took over from that point, getting four straight goals from McCahill, Maggie Hatcher, and Hilary Schroeder to take a 5-1 lead with 2:10 to go in the second quarter. Amanda Brucia got Iona to within three before halftime, scoring with 1:13 left in the half to make the score 5-2.
Brucia scored 20 seconds into the third quarter to get the Gaels within two, 5-3. The Red Foxes would get a lift off the bench as freshman Kristen Barnett made the lead four goals as she put a shot past Iona goalie Kathleen Link with 7:06 left in the fourth quarter. Iona would not go away quietly. Lauren Peterson scored two goals 35 seconds apart to get the Gaels back within two, 7-5, with 4:03 left in the game. Alicia Keating would add a goal at the 1:44 mark to get Iona within one, and that would be as close as the Gaels would get. Iona had one last chance at goal with three seconds left, but the desperation toss went wide of the goal. Marist finished the season with an overall record of 27-10, a new program record for wins.
NCAA Tournament Recap
In the 2008 NCAA Water Polo Tournament, Marist fell to the #2 seed Stanford in the opening game. The team hung tough with second-seed Stanford for much of the first half but the Cardinals proved to be too much for the Red Foxes to handle. Stanford defeated Marist 12-1 as sophomore Samantha Swartz scored the Red Foxes' lone goal. Senior goalie Elizabeth Davis made nine saves in the game.
Later in the consolation semifinal the Red Foxes lost to the sixth seed Michigan 7-4. In a game that was close in the first half, sixth-seeded Michigan scored three straight goals to start the third quarter on their way to the victory. Samantha Swartz got Marist within two, 6-4, with her goal 1:59 into the fourth quarter but that would be as close as the Red Foxes would get. The Wolverines added a goal with 5:09 left to make the score 7-4. Marist had a lot of empty possessions late in the game and had shots go off the cage and could not get past Michigan. Senior goalie Elizabeth Davis made five saves in the game for Marist, three of which came in the first half. May had 10 saves for Michigan. Swartz led the Red Foxes with six shots on goal, with Pauli adding five shots.
The Red Foxes closed the NCAA Tournament in the seventh place game against to Pomona-Pitzer. Senior driver Maggie Hatcher led Marist with three goals. Davis made 11 saves in net for Marist while Sagehens goalie Elena Peifer had 10 saves. Swartz led the Red Foxes with eight shots. Schroeder, Barnett, and Hatcher each had four but Marist lost the back and forth battle 7-6 to finish the season with an overall record of 27-10, a new program record for wins.