LEXINGTON, Virginia – The Marist water polo team’s four game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference winning streak came to an end on Saturday with a 9-5 loss to the #17 Wagner College Seahawks at the Virginia Military Institute.
With the loss, the Red Foxes fall to 12-12 (4-2 MAAC) while the Seahawks improve to 16-10 (7-0 MAAC).
Junior Diana Carballo led Marist with one goal and two steals, while seniors Nastassia McGlothlin and Amanda Amorosa each chipped in one goal and one steal. Freshman Anais Mathes and Justine Castro finished with a goal each and freshman Lexi Puhl and sophomores Katherine Tijerina and Hope Vickers each finished with an assist, the first of Vickers’ career.
Vickers and junior Jessica Hermosillo split time in goal, with Vickers recording four goals against and eight saves, a season high, for a .667 save percentage and Hermosillo finishing with five goals against and six saves for a .545 save percentage.
Wagner got an early two goal lead with scores by Millie Pullyblank and Kim Watson just 2:31 into the game. Amorosa trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a goal at 5:09 but Elise Begg made it 3-1 with a goal 24 seconds later and the two teams finished the opening quarter with the Seahawks ahead 3-1.
2:04 into the second, Carballo made it a one goal game but back-to-back goals by Watson and Erica Hardy made it 5-2 Wagner at the end of the first half.
Defense was the name of the game in the third quarter as each team was only able to find the back of the net one each, with McGlothlin, from Vickers, scoring for Red Foxes and Lacey Anderson for the Seahawks and with eight minutes left to play, Wagner held a 6-3 advantage.
Pullyblank and Watson extended the Seahawk lead to 8-3 with 4:55 left to play before Castro trimmed the deficit back to four goals with a score at 3:36 off an assist from Tijerina. Elise Begg made it a five goal game again with 3:09 left before Mathes found the back of the net, off an assist from Puhl 12 seconds later to bring it to a four goal game. However, that was all the scoring that was in the books as the final horn sounded with Wagner emerging victorious 9-5.
Up next, Marist returns to action at VMI on Sunday with a matchup against the Villanova Wildcats at 1:30 PM.