POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – After a break-out offensive game on Thursday at Stetson, the Marist women’s lacrosse team changed gears and used strong defense and a controlled attack to earn its first-ever win over Oregon by a 9-5 margin. Senior Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) led the offense with three goals, while her classmate Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) made a game-high eight saves and allowed a season-low five goals in net for the Red Foxes on Sunday afternoon.
In a first half with a slow, but deliberate pace the Red Foxes controlled play with a 5-0 advantage in draw controls. This lead would allow Marist the opportunity to break through first on the scoreboard with an Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) tally off of a Lexi Brannigan (Loudonville, N.Y.) assist at 8:55.
After an Olivia Pyne goal at 4:16 tied the game at 1-1, the Red Foxes would close out the half with a pair of goals in the final 86 seconds; a Kirsten Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) free-position score at 1:26 and a Tuck goal off of a Tierney Larson (Fairfield, Conn.) pass with eight seconds remaining.
Coming out in the second half down 3-1, Oregon would close the gap to within one less than two minutes into the period.
Consecutive goals by Miller and Tuck at 22:45 and 19:13 would jump Marist back ahead by three goals at 5-2. For the second time in the game, Tuck’s goal was assisted by Larson, who is now up to 23 helpers on the season.
An Oregon marker at 15:24 brought the score to 5-3, but that would be as close as the Ducks would get as the Red Foxes slowly built their lead out to five with three straight goals between 13:36 and 6:15. Jamie Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.), Brannigan, Allison Gionta (Eastport, N.Y.) all netted their first goals of the game during this span of play.
A trading of goals down the stretch would make the final score 9-5 in favor of the host Red Foxes.
For the game, Oregon outshot Marist 18-16, with a 13-12 advantage in shots on goal. The Red Foxes earned the important category win of draw controls with a 10-6 margin. Romano secured a game-high five draw controls for Marist.
Casiano garnered her second consecutive win in goal with eight saves and two ground balls; her counterpart Oregon’s Salliebeth Finnegan made three saves.
With the win, Marist moves to 1-3 all-time against the Ducks.
The Red Foxes will look to carry their momentum over to conference play as their next contest will be on Saturday, March 30 at home versus MAAC member Niagara. The opening draw is slated for 3 p.m.