POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist women's lacrosse team fell in a non-conference home game versus nationally ranked #16 Stony Brook by a score of 14-2. After a strong first 30 minutes of action, the Red Foxes (1-5) saw how potent the Seawolves (5-1) could be as the visitors outscored them by a 9-0 margin in the second half. Senior goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) set a season-high with 13 saves; classmate Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) and sophomore Kirsten Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) registered single goals for the Red Foxes.
Facing off with an explosive Stony Brook team that came into the afternoon ranked second in Division 1 with 17 goals a game, the Red Foxes came out with a defensive and conservative game plan that would limit the Seawolves opportunities to score.
Over the opening period of play the hosts did solid job of sticking to that plan as the pace was controlled and nearly 15 minutes passed with just two goals on the scoreboard. After a Stony Brook goal at 27:17, Viscount converted a free-position attempt at 25:06 to even the score.
Four consecutive goals by the Seawolves would allow the visitors to jump out to a 5-1 lead with 4:13 left in the half.
Stony Brook had an opportunity to extend its lead down the stretch, but Marist stood strong. Casiano came up with the first stop as she saved a quick breakaway shot by Demmianne Cook after the draw control. Less than 90 seconds after the save, the Red Foxes converted on the other end of the field with an unassisted goal by Miller at 2:41.
Though they won the next draw control, the Seawolves would be denied in each of their final scoring attempts as their first shot was blocked by a Red Fox defender, while the second chance was thwarted by the collapsing defense and eventual stick check caused turnover by senior Jessica Irvine (Hauppauge, N.Y.).
At the half, a strong 30 minutes of play would see the Red Foxes trailing by just a 5-2 margin. Seven saves by Casiano and only eight turnovers would by key storylines in keeping Marist within striking distance.
In the second half, it was all Stony Brook as the Seawolves outshot Marist 19-2 and forced 13 Red Fox turnovers. These two stats would directly correlate to Stony Brook's 9-0 scoring advantage in the final 30 minutes.
For the game, Stony Brook outshot Marist 38-12 with a 27-9 margin in shots on goal. While the Seawolves caused 14 turnovers the host Red Foxes caused eight. Each team had nine draw controls.
The all-time series between the two programs sits a 3-3.
The Red Foxes will have a quick turnaround as they will be back in action on Saturday, March 16 with a home matchup versus George Mason. The opening draw in the first game of a women's/men's lacrosse doubleheader is slated for 12 p.m.