Row 1 (L-R): Jessica Getchius, Kaitlin McMurray, Captain Caitlin Hopkins, Kristen Powers, Captain Katelin McCahill, Emily St. Omer Roy, Jessica Stevenson, Kristen Barnett, Agnes Konopka.
Row 2 (L-R): Assistant Coach Maureen Wertz, Head Coach Ashleigh Jacobs, Grace Hatcher, Hillary Wailing, Hilary Schroeder, Rachel Sunday, Desiree Desaulniers, Samatha Swartz, Angie Rampton, Roosie Pauli, Madison Weber, Colleen Lischwe, Kelly Kline, Molly Mihalcik.
MAAC Championsip Recap
The Marist women’s water polo team dominated Iona in its home pool, defeating the Gaels 11-7 at the McCann Natatorium to win the MAAC Water Polo Championship. The title was the Red Foxes' second in a row and third in four seasons. Marist became the first team in the history of the MAAC Water Polo League to win consecutive tournament titles. Senior Katelin McCahill was named the 2009 MAAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player after she scored three goals in the championship game. Junior Rachel Sunday also scored three goals.
Marist got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter as Hilary Schroeder tallied both of the Red Foxes' goals in the first 3:45 of the game. Iona got on the board with 3:58 left in the first as Mackenzie Mone found the back of the net. The Red Foxes went back up by two, 3-1, with a goal towards the end of the first quarter. Iona added one more goal at the first quarter horn to make the score 3-2.
Iona's Amanda Brucia tied the game at 3-3 with a goal 1:11 into the second quarter. That would be the Gaels' last goal until the 0:59 mark of the third quarter. Marist scored six unanswered goals in a span of 12:24 of game play to go ahead 9-3. Sunday and McCahill each scored two goals during this stretch with Samantha Swartz and Angie Rampton putting in a goal each. Iona ended the run with an Amanda Cody goal, making the score 9-4. McCahill scored her third goal of the game with 31 seconds remaining in the third quarter, making the score 10-4. Iona tallied three goals in the fourth quarter but it would be enough to overcome Marist and goalie Jessica Getchius, who made 11 saves in the game. Swartz was named to the MAAC All-Tournament team following the game. The Red Foxes closed the season with a record of 19-15.
NCAA Tournament Recap
The Red Foxes went into the NCAA Tournament as the seventh seed in 2009. The team faced off against the Stanford Cardinals in the first round and lost 21-5 at the Eppley Recreation Center. Junior Kristen Barnett led the Red Foxes with two goals in the opening game.
In the consolation semifinal, Marist again fell to the Michigan Wolverines in a tight match 9-7. Katelin McCahill and Rachel Sunday each scored a pair of goals for the Red Foxes and McCahill's two goals gave her 70 on the season, a Marist single-season record. Michigan took back the lead to start the third quarter as Robertson scored her fourth goal of the game with 4:59 remaining to make the score 6-5. The Wolverines then took its biggest lead of the game to that point with a Julie Hyrne goal with 32 seconds left in the third. Rosie Pauli got the Red Foxes back to within a goal as she scored with one second left in the third quarter, making the score 7-6. Marist's defense kept it in the game early in the fourth quarter, but a Sharayah Hernandez goal with 5:35 remaining put the Wolverines back up by two, 8-6. Hyrne added her second tally with 3:58 left in the game, putting Michigan ahead by three and putting the game just out of reach for Marist.
The team wrapped up its season with a 16-11 win over Cal Lutheran for its first NCAA Tournament win and the first tournament win for any MAAC water polo league team. Junior Samantha Swartz led Marist with five goals as Katelin McCahill added four goals. Marist got off to a hot start as Swartz and Kristen Barnett each scored in the first minute of the game, putting the Red Foxes ahead 2-0. Swartz scored her third goal of the game with 1:12 left in the opening period to put Marist back up by two, 4-2. Angie Rampton followed with her only goal of the game, scoring the Red Foxes' fifth goal with 17 seconds left in the first.
The Regals opened the second quarter with two straight goals to get within one at 5-4 with 6:00 left in the half. That would be as close as they would get. Hilary Schroeder scored at the 5:42 mark to make the score 6-4. McCahill followed that with her first goal with 4:26 remaining in the quarter. Swartz then scored her fourth goal of the half with 0:58 left to give Marist an 8-4 halftime lead.
The Red Foxes kept on rolling in the second half. McCahill scored back-to-back goals at the 5:15 and 4:55 marks of the third quarter to put Marist ahead 10-4. Colleen Lischwe scored with 3:32 left in the quarter to make the score 11-4. Cal Lutheran got as close as four in the fourth quarter. Cyprian scored the Regals' first three goals of the quarter to make the score 13-9 with 4:23 to go in the game. Marist responded with goals by McCahill and Caitlin Hopkins to put the lead back at six, 15-9, with 2:05 left in the game which put the game out of reach for the Regals. The Red Foxes closed the season with a record of 19-15 and earned their first NCAA tournament victory.