POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – The Marist water polo team picked up two more Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference wins with 15-7 and 14-4 victories over the Siena Saints at McCann Natatorium on Wednesday. In the second win, senior co-captain Amanda Amorosa scored her 274th career goal, to become the program’s all-time leading scorer.
With the wins, the Red Foxes now stand at 15-12 (7-2 MAAC), while the Saints fall to 4-22 (4-7 MAAC).
In the first game of the day, Amorosa led Marist with four goals, while senior Nastassia McGlothlin finished with two goals and three assists. Sophomore Katherine Tijerina and senior co-captain Jocelyn McQuade each chipped in two goals, one assist and one steal and sophomore Ariana Singer had two goals and two steals. Freshmen Carolyn Gauvin and Justine Castro each finished with one goal and one assist, freshman Anais Mathes chipped in a goal, senior co-captain Diana Carballo had two assists and two steals and freshman Lexi Puhl and sophomores Susan Cantoni and Grace Doerfler each finished with one assist and one steal.
In net, junior Jessica Hermosillo finished with five goals against and two saves, sophomore Hope Vickers finished with no goals against and two saves and freshman Carsen Horvatich had two goals against and two saves.
In the second game, Amorosa finished with three goals, three assists and three steals, while McGothin chipped in two goals, two assists and three steals. Gauvin finished with two goals and one assist and Cantoni chipped in two goals. McQuade finished with one goal, three assists and two steals, Castro finished with one goal, one assist and one steal, Singer and Carballo finished with one goal and two steals and Mathes chipped in one goal and one steal. Tijerina and Caoimhe Whitebloom chipped in two and one assist respectively.
In goal, Hermosillo had one goal against and two saves, Vickers had no goals against and one save and Horvatich had three goals against, one save and one steal.
Singer got the Red Foxes on the board just 26 seconds into the game but Diana Fernandez tied it up for the Saints 28 seconds later. Five straight Marist goals by Amorosa (3), Singer and Castro made it 6-1 Red Foxes at the end of the first quarter.
Back-to-back goals by Clare Bryar and Fernandez made it 6-3 Marist with 6:51 to go in the first half but four straight goals by Gauvin, McQuade, McGlothlin and Amorosa extended the Marist lead to 10-3 with 2:25 left to play in the second quarter. Sara Lopez and Fernandez found the back of the net for the Saints to trim the deficit to 10-5 with 36 seconds left and the two teams entered the half with the Red Foxes up five.
Back-to-back scores by McQuade and Tijerina were the only goals in the third quarter and with eight minutes left in the game it was 12-5 Marist.
Mathes scored 1:14 into the fourth quarter to make it an eight goal Red Fox lead, before Fernandez scored her fourth with 4:19 left. A goal by McGlothin at 3:54 was matched by a score by Bryar at 3:44, before Tijerina scored the final goal of the game with 2:21 left to give Marist the 15-7 win.
Following a pre-game ceremony, celebrating Amorosa setting the program’s all-time career assists record in March, Amorosa scored her 274th career goal which passed Katelin McCahill for first all-time in career goals in program history, just 3:58 into the game to give the Red Foxes’ the 1-0 lead. As they did in the first game, the Saints answered 1:02 later off a score by Bryar but four straight goals by Marist (McGlothlin, Cantoni (2) and Amorosa) gave the Red Foxes the 5-1 lead at the half.
Marist opened the second half with six straight goals by Singer, Amorosa, McGlothlin, Castro, Gauvin and McQuade to give the Red Foxes the 11-1 advantage with 7:00 left to play in the fourth quarter. Terez Touhey got Siena back on the board with a score 1:50 later before Gauvin netted her second at 4:39. Fernandez found the back of the net for the Saints which was answered by Carballo with 1:37 left. With less than a minute remaing, Daniella Fuertes scored for the Saints but Marist answered with a goal by Mathes with 14 seconds left to close out the scoring and give the Red Foxes the 14-4 win.Up next, Marist travels to Saint Franics Brooklyn on Saturday to face off against the Iona Gaels (9 AM) before playing the host Terriers at 5:30 PM.