PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – The Marist water polo team got back to winning ways as it capped off the Brown Bruno Classic with an 8-1 win over the Bucknell University Bison on Sunday morning.
With the win, the Red Foxes improve to 3-4 overall on the season.
"Today we put together a full game" said head coach Chris Vidale. "Our defense was communicating, our offense was moving and finding open players. Moving forward if we can play the rest of our games like we did today, we will be very successful."
Senior co-captain Amanda Amorosa led the Red Foxes with three goals and one assist while senior co-captain Jocelyn McQuade had two goals on the morning. Senior Nastassia McGlothlin, sophomore Grace Doerfler and freshman Lexi Puhl each had one goal. Sophomore Hope Vickers played the opening two quarters and finished with four saves and one goal against while freshman Carsen Horvatich played the second half and finished with zero goals against and seven saves.
Coming off two tough losses to ranked opponents yesterday, Marist came out on Sunday motivated to get back into the win column and took the early 3-0 lead with 4:46 left in the opening quarter off goals by Amorosa, McQuade and Doerfler. The Bison got one back before the quarter expired and after the opening eight minutes it was 3-1 Red Foxes.
Goals by Amorosa and McGlothlin and a scoreless second quarter for Bucknell gave Marist the 5-1 lead at the end of the first half.
The third quarter proved to be much like the second as Amorosa and McQuade found the back of the net and the Red Fox defense held the Bison scoreless and with eight minutes to go it was 7-1 Marist.
Horvatich was yet again on her game as she kept Bucknell from scoring for the third consecutive period and a goal by Lexi Puhl with :06 seconds left gave the Red Foxes a much needed 8-1 victory.
Up next, Marist will travel to San Diego, CA for the UCSD Triton Invite. Marist will play #7 University of Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 11th and the winner/loser of #9 UC Santa Barbara and # 22 Cal State University Northridge depending on their result vs Michigan.