Row 1 (L-R): Jessica Getchius, Agnes Konopka, Hillary Schroeder, Kristen Barnett.
Row 2 (L-R): Robyn Crabtree, Mackenzie Maynes, Molly Mihalcik, Grace Hatcher, Shelby Rinker, Kristen Zepeda.
Row 3 (L-R): Janell Robles, Emily St. Omer Roy, Angie Rampton, Heather Fellmeth.
Row 4 (L-R): Assistant Coach Maureen Wertz, Head Coach Ashleigh Jacobs, Desiree Desaulniers, Kelly Kline, Kaitlin McMurray, Samantha Swartz, Rachel Sunday, Rosie Pauli, Hillary Walling.
MAAC Championship Recap
In 2010, the Marist Women’s Water Polo team swam away with its unprecedented third consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women's Water Polo championship as they took down the second-seeded Iona Gaels 18-5 at the McCann Center Natatorium. Senior Samantha Swartz was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after she scored three goals in the title game. Angie Rampton also had three goals and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Iona got on the board first as Maggie Wood scored at the 5:44 mark of the first quarter. That would be the Gaels' lone goal of the first half. Rampton, Kristen Barnett, Emily St. Omer Roy, and Rosie Pauli each scored within the final 3:40 of the quarter to give the Red Foxes a 4-1 lead.
Marist continued to pour it on in the second quarter. Rampton and Pauli scored back-to-back to put the Red Foxes up 6-1 with 6:12 to go in the half. Swartz scored her first goal of the game with 2:45 remaining in the second to make the score 7-1. Rachel Sunday and Robyn Crabtree each scored in the final two minutes of the half to give Marist a 9-1 halftime lead. The Red Foxes outscored Iona 3-1 in the third quarter. Jessica Getchius made 16 saves in goal with a steal and an assist. Marist advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history.
NCAA Tournament Recap
Marist advanced to the 2010 NCAA Women's Water Polo Tournament with the MAAC Water Polo League's automatic bid. The Red Foxes entered the tournament as the seven seed and fell in the opening round match against the USC Trojans 20-5. Senior Samantha Swartz paced the Red Foxes offense with two goals, both of which were scored in six on five situations. Marist got three fourth quarter goals from seniors Kristen Barnett and Angie Rampton and junior Agnes Konopka. Rampton also notched an assist, while Barnett drew three ejections in the contest.
In a consolation game against UCLA, the team was stymied by the Bruins defense 14-3. The #20 Marist women's water polo scored three fourth quarter goals and senior Jessica Getchius made 11 saves on the day. However, an 11-0 lead for third-seeded UCLA proved too much for the Red Foxes to overcome. Seniors Samantha Swartz and Angie Rampton accounted for the Red Foxes' offense. Swartz's pair of goals were separated by a Priscilla Orozco 5-meter penalty shot. Her first goal was a penalty shot as well, followed by a power play goal, Marist's fifth of the tournament. Rampton tallied an even strength goal with 3:11 to play.
Marist finished seventh overall at the 2010 National Championship after a victory over eighth seeded Pomona-Pitzer. Senior Samantha Swartz scored four goals in the game including all three second half tallies for Marist. Swartz finished the weekend with eight goals to lead all scorers for Marist. The Red Foxes also used goals from seniors Rachel Sunday and Angie Rampton. Goalkeeper Jessica Getchius made nine stops in the contest.
The game opened with a scoring play at 1:08 into the match to give the Red Foxes a 1-0 lead. Pomona-Pitzer responded with two power play goals from Tamara Perea to take a 2-1 lead at the end of the first stanza. In the second quarter, Marist used goals from Swartz and Rampton to reclaim a one-goal advantage, 3-2. The Sagehens responded with back-to-back goals of their own from Annie Oxborough-Yankus. The Red Foxes took the lead for good in the third quarter when Swartz found the back of the cage twice. Pomona-Pitzer was able to tie the game at five with a Perri Hopkins shot that found the back of the cage with 2:13 remaining in the third. Swartz put Marist on top for good 1:13 later for the 6-5 final advantage. In the fourth quarter the teams played scoreless water polo.
The game saw five ties and four lead changes. Neither team led by more than one goal in the contest. Sunday's victory marked the second for the program in the NCAA Tournament. Marist, the four-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions, concludes the 2010 season with a record of 19-17.