POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist water returned to the friendly confines of its home pool and coasted to a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) victories on Saturday. The Red Foxes (19-10, 5-1 MAAC) defeated Siena 10-3 before routing Villanova 15-1.
GAME ONE, MARIST 10 – SIENA 3
Jessica Hamby (Sacramento, Calif.) scored a team-high three goals. Anna-Lena Hathaway (Pasadena, Calif.) and Robyn Crabtree (Cutler Bay, Fla.) each had three points on two goals and an assist while Ellie Hoffman (Pasadena, Calif.) had three assists. Rebecca Thomas (Cape Town, South Africa) made four saves and a team-high five steals while playing the first three quarters in the Marist goal. Skyler Henry (San Diego, Calif.) made four saves in the fourth quarter.
Marist used an up-tempo offense, capitalizing on a couple of transition goals to open up a 4-0 lead in the first 5:36 of the game. Crabtree started the scoring just 1:14 into the game. Hamby scored two goals back-to-back just 1:09 apart and Brooke Else (Lansdale, Pa.) completed the short run.
The Red Foxes jumped ahead 6-0 by the end of the first quarter, on two more goals by Shelby Rinker (Lansdale, Pa.) and Hathaway, and led 8-1 at halftime.
GAME TWO, MARIST 15 – VILLANOVA 1
Following an emotional Senior Day ceremony, where six Marist seniors were recognized, eight different Red Foxes scored goals, including six with at least two as Marist overcame a slow start and cruised to an easy victory. Rinker, one of the six seniors, had six points on two goals and four assists and Hannah Levien (Davis, Calif.) had three goals and three assists. Alison Hamby (Sacramento, Calif.), senior Heather Fellmeth (North Wales, Pa.), Hathaway and Hoffman each had two goals and Crabtree had three assists. Thomas made five saves while not allowing a goal in 2+ quarters and senior Elise Humphries (Anaheim, Calif.) also had four saves. As a team, Marist had 31 steals, led by seven from Rinker and five from Hathaway.
After a scoreless first quarter, Hoffman got the Red Foxes on the board at the 4:57 mark of the second period. That score would kick-start an offensive explosion for Marist that saw them score five more times before the quarter ended, including two by Levien.
The Red Foxes scored five more times in the third quarter to extend their lead to 11-1 going into the final quarter.
Marist heads to Iona on Sunday for another pair of conference games, its fifth and sixth games in three days. The Red Foxes will take on St. Francis at noon before playing the host Gaels at 4:30 p.m.