PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – The Marist water polo team suffered two tough defeats to higher ranked teams on Saturday, as the Red Foxes fell 9-5 to the #13 Indiana University Hoosiers and 13-11 to the #16 Hartwick College Hawks on the first day of the Brown Bruno Classic.
With the losses, Marist falls to 2-4 on the young season.
“We played two very good teams today” said head coach Chris Vidale. “We had a hard time putting together a first quarter against Indiana and a 4th quarter against Hartwick. We are right there with higher ranked teams. It's hard to lose these games by such close margins but it's a good lesson in all the little things matter.”
Sophomore center Grace Doerfler led the Red Foxes on the day with eight goals and senior co-captain Amanda Amorosa chipped in two goals and four assists. Senior Nastassia McGlothlin finished with two goals and three assists, freshman Justine Castro totaled two goals and senior co-captain Jocelyn McQuade and sophomore Ariana Singer each had one goal. Freshman Carsen Horvatich manned the net in the first game and finished with nine goals against, six saves and two steals while sophomore Hope Vickers made her first start of the season in the second game and finished with 13 goals against and five saves.
Marist opened the Brown Bruno Classic bright and early Saturday morning with a matchup against the #13 Indiana Hoosiers. It was the Hoosiers that took the early lead as they jumped out to a 4-0 advantage after the opening eight minutes.
Goals by Doerfler and Singer in the opening 3:25 of the second quarter halved the deficit but Indiana found the back of the net with 3:10 remaining and the two teams went into halftime with the score 5-2 in favor of the Hoosiers.
Defense was the name of the game in the third as both teams held each other to just one goal with Amorosa finding the back of the net for the Red Foxes and with eight minutes left the score was 6-3 Indiana.
Three straight goals in the opening 2:48 of the fourth quarter by the Hoosiers extended the lead to 9-3. Marist answered back with goals by Doerfler and McGlothlin but it was too little too late as the clock expired with Indiana victorious 9-5.
Several hours later the Red Foxes were back in action vs the #16 Hartwick Hawks. Two quick goals by Doerfler gave Marist the early 2-0 lead with 5:45 remaining in the quarter. Both teams traded goals over for the remainder of the quarter with McQuade and McGlothlin finding the back of the net for the Red Foxes and after one quarter it was 4-2 Marist.
Two goals by Doerfler and Castro extended the Red Fox lead to 6-2 with 4:28 left in the second. Two goals by the Hawks brought it to within two but a goal with :01 left in the half by Amorosa gave Marist the 7-4 lead at the half.
The third quarter was all Hartwick as the Hawks found the back of the net four times and held the Red Foxes scoreless and with eight minutes left it was 8-7 Hartwick.
The Hawks extended their lead to two with a goal :40 into the fourth quarter. Both teams traded goals over the next 4:43 to make it 11-10 in favor of the Hawks with 1:37 to go in the game. However two goals by Hartwick in 26 seconds sealed the game and despite a late goal by Castro, the final horn sounded with the Hawks emerging victorious 13-11.Up next, Marist will close out the tournament with a matchup vs the Bucknell University Bison on Sunday at 10:30 AM.