(7-8, 3-3 MAAC)
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(7-8, 4-2 MAAC)
 Marist Women's Lacrosse Escapes Niagara With 9-7 Win
 Stat Comparison Marist  Niagara
 Goals  9
 Shots  26 34 
 Assists   2 
 Draw Controls   9 
 Caused Turnovers  7 14 
 Ground Balls   20  17 
 Turnovers  18 15 
 Saves   13  14 
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Marist  Niagara
 Goals  Cerrone and Bonaroti, 3  MacCheyne and Crump, 2
 Assists  Mehalick and Mazza, 1  Three with 1
 Draw Controls  Wagner, 7  Higgins, 5
 Caused Turnovers  Bonaroti and Childrose, 2  Paul, 5 
 Ground Balls  Grant, 3  Three with 3 
 Saves  Witczak, 13  Francisco, 14 
 Up Next

Who: Iona
When: Sat. April 22 - 1 p.m. 

Where: New Rochelle, N.Y.

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NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, New York - The Marist women’s lacrosse team held off third ranked Niagara in a close 9-7 contest April 19 in Western New York. Both teams are now 7-8 overall while Marist is an even 3-3 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. The Purple Eagles are 4-2 in conference competition.

Senior Natalie Bonaroti and sophomore Audrey Cerrone each picked up hat tricks and scooped up two ground balls. Sophomore Hailey Wagner won seven draw controls to move to two away from tying the Marist single-season record of 88 set by Jamie Romano three years ago.

In the cage, senior Abigail Witczak made 13 saves to move into third place all-time in program history. She has 519 career saves with two regular season games remaining in 2017.

Both sides scored fewer than three minutes in before Marist ripped off three straight goals in a 4:49 span. The scoring spree included a free position goal from Cerrone and consecutive goals by Bonaroti. Bonaroti also continued to wreak havoc on the defensive end, as her two ground balls and two caused turnovers came by the 9:12 mark and Marist led 4-1 at halftime.  

Niagara was held off the board for almost 32 minutes, but did not go away quietly. Three unanswered goals by the Purple Eagles in the next half cut the Red Foxes’ lead to 6-4 with 22:12 to go. Momentum swayed in favor of the Red Foxes, but Niagara responded once again as its ball movement improved. The Purple Eagles’ defense took advantage of nine Marist turnovers in the half, but Cerrone’s final score of the day padded the Red Foxes’ lead to three with exactly three minutes remaining. Witczak also snatched a free position shot in her stick to keep the Marist lead at two goals inside the final minute.

All but two Marist goals came unassisted on the afternoon. The Purple Eagles held a 34-26 edge in shots, including 20 in the second half, but the Red Foxes’ defense collected 20 ground balls to Niagara’s 17.

Niagara sophomore Rachel MacCheyne netted two goals on six shots alongside four caused turnovers. Freshman Lauren Paul contributed five caused turnovers and senior netminder Andrea Francisco made 14 saves in the Purple Eagles’ loss.

Marist will travel to Iona on April 22 for a 1 p.m. conference game, the final road contest of the regular season for the Red Foxes.