CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – Despite opening the day with an 8-7 win vs. Brown, the #23 Marist water polo team suffered two hard losses to the #11 Princeton Tigers 8-5 and #19 Harvard Crimson 10-9 on Saturday. With the result, the Red Foxes stand at 6-8 on the season.
Amanda Amorosa led the Red Foxes offensively on the morning, finishing with two goals, two assists and three steals. Carolyn Gauvin chipped in one goal and one assist and Diana Carballo finished with a goal and an assist as well. Grace Doerfler, Justine Castro and Nastassia McGlothlin each chipped in a goal and one steal and Ariana Singer finished with one goal on the morning. Anais Mathes, Jocelyn McQuade, Susan Cantoni and Lexi Puhl each chipped in one assist. Jessica Hermosillo manned the net and finished with seven goals against and five saves.
The Bears got on the board first in the opening period as Shannon Crowley found the back of the net at the 7:25 mark. The Red Foxes evened the score when Carballo found the back of the net off a feed from McQuade with 3:16 remaining. Just over two minutes later, Marist gained the lead when Castro put one home off a feed from Gauvin and at the end of the first quarter it was 2-1 Red Foxes.
McGlothlin opened the scoring in the second with a goal just 0:55 in with the assist from Amorosa and 17 seconds later, Brown answered with a goal from Hannah Koper to trim the deficit to 3-2. Thirty nine seconds later, Gauvin extended the Marist lead back to two goals as she found the back of the net off a pass from Puhl but again the Bears answered with a goal by Jessica Heilman on the man up with 2:11 remaining in the half. Doerfler put one home to finish off the scoring in the quarter and at the half it was the Red Foxes ahead 5-3.
Amorosa’s second of the game gave Marist a three goal advantage with 2:36 to go in the third quarter but goals by Montana Fowler (2:07) and McKenna Miller (1:13) trimmed the deficit to 6-5 with eight minutes remaining.
Singer put the Red Foxes up two with 5:59 left in the game. Back-to-back goals by Heilman at 5:17 and 3:55 tied the game up. However, Marist was not to be denied the victory as Amorosa beat the goal to the near post at the 3:10 mark and the Red Fox defense held strong to emerge with the 8-7 victory.
VS #11 Princeton
McGlothin and Cantoni led Marist in the game with one goal and one assist each. Amorosa chipped in one goal and one assist and Castro and Doerfler each finished with one goal in the game. Hermosillo played the opening two quarters and finished with five goals against, five saves and one steal. Horvatich and Hope Vickers each played one quarter and finished with two goals against, three saves and one steal and one goal against, two saves and one steal respectively.
Lindsey Kelleher (4:11), Sydney Saxe (3:32) and Morgan Hallock (1:26) gave the Tigers the early 3-0 lead after the opening quarter.
McGlothlin got the Red Foxes on the board and within two with a goal at the 7:26 mark of the second quarter with an assist from Cantoni. Both teams traded goals as Chelsea Johnson (4:19) scored for Princeton and Doerfler (3:48) put one home to bring the score to 4-2. A goal by Amy Castellano reestablished at the 2:36 mark reestablished the three goal lead for the Tigers and after the opening half it was 5-2 Princeton.
Sydney Cheong made it 6-3 Tigers just 2:53 into the third quarter but Amorosa scored 1:35 later to bring the deficit back to two at 6-4. Again Princeton scored the final goal of the quarter as Haley Wan put one home with 0:58 remaining and with eight minutes left to play it was 7-4 Tigers.
Cantoni brought it back to a two goal game with a goal at the 6:45 mark of the final quarter but Castellano answered just over a minute later. Castro scored with 2:00 left in the game but that was as close as Marist would come as the final horn sounded with Princeton victorious 8-5.
VS #19 Harvard
For the second game of the day, Amorosa led the Red Foxes offensively with three goals and three steals. Carballo finished with two goals and two assists and Cantoni chipped in two goals, one assist and one steal. Castro finished with one goal and one assist and Singer chipped in one goal. McGlothlin and Puhl each finished with an assist and Puhl also chipped in one steal.
Amorosa opened the scoring 1:33 into the game when she converted a five meter penalty to put Marist up 1-0. Harvard answered with two goals by Kristen Hong at 4:41 and 3:54 but Carballo found the back of the net with 1:54 remaining and the game was tied 2-2. Amorosa found the back of the net with 0:22 left in the quarter and with eight minutes down it was 3-2 Marist. Hermosillo played the majority of the game in net and finished with seven goals against and five saves. Horvatich played just a few minutes and finished with three goals against and five saves.
The second quarter was all Crimson as goals by Zoe Osborne and two by Michelle Martinelli and a shut out of the Red Foxes gave Harvard the 5-3 lead at the half.
Cantoni and Singer found the back of the net for the Red Foxes inside the first 2:40 and the game was tied 5-5. Martinelli regained the lead for the Crimson with a goal at the 5:00 mark but Amorosa quickly tied it back up with a tally at 3:34 of the third and the game was even 6-6. Harvard regained the lead off a goal by Sophia Carrera-Justiz with 0:43 remaining in the quarter by Carballo found the back of the net with 0:03 remaining to tie it up at 7-7 with eight minutes remaining.
Back-to-back goals by Hong gave the Crimson a 9-7 edge with 3:10 to go but Castro and Cantoni both found the back of the net 1:12 and the game was again even, this time at 9-9. Martinelli gave Harvard its fifth lead of the game with 1:40 remaining. Marist looked for the equalizer and with 0:03 second remaining called timeout to draw up a play. Horvatich found Amorosa on the pass with time ticking down but her soft lob bounced off the cross bar and out of play as the clock expired, giving the Crimson the 10-9 victory.Up next, the Red Foxes play the University of Toronto tomorrow at 11:45 in an exhibition. Marist returns to competitive action on Saturday, March 11th at the ASU Invitational vs. the University of La Verne (1 PM) and Arizona State (8 PM).