POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - With the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse season in which North Carolina defeated Maryland 13-12 in triple overtime to earn the Tar Heel's first program title, the NCAA recently released its final statistical rankings. The Marist women's lacrosse team finds itself prominently featured in the Division 1 rankings due to the number five position of junior Tierney Larson in total assists. She is joined by junior Jamie Romano and senior Ashley Casiano as individual Red Foxes, who are ranked in the top 15 of differing categories.
After two quiet seasons as a member of Marist’s attacking depth chart, Larson (Fairfield, Conn.) shot herself atop the rankings of the nation’s best with a program and conference record-breaking 51 assists in 2013. Coming into the spring with just 12 points on six goals and six assists, the junior equal her past point production in just four games. After the hot start, Larson kicked her assist totals up further with five or more assists in a game, four times between March 16 and April 10. At home on April 10 versus Manhattan, she broke a 14-year old program record with seven helpers against the Jaspers. Jill Remenapp of Denver University led the nation this season with 74 assists in 21 games.
Larson was also ranked 63rd in the nation for her 63 total points.
A fellow All-MAAC First Team honoree, Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.) was ranked for her prowess with draw controls. A leading factor in Marist gaining important possessions, the junior finished the 2013 season with 81 draw controls in 17 contests for a 4.76 per game average; good enough for 13th overall in Division 1 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse.
The third Red Fox to finish amongst the nation’s best for her statistical output was senior goalkeeper Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.). A starter in all 19 games for Marist, she made 149 saves at a .461 save percentage. Casiano’s save total ranked her ninth, while her save percentage was 13th-best in the NCAA.
As a team, Marist finished with the 19th-best point total of 329; they also ranked in the top 40 in goals per game (11.74/gm – 38th), draw controls per game (13.21/gm – 21st) and ground balls per game (16.79/gm – 25th).
The Red Foxes under the leadership of third-year head coach Jessica O’Brien finished their 2013 season in the MAAC Championship finals where they fell to the three-time defending MAAC Champion Canisius Golden Griffins.