POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist women’s lacrosse team (6-2, 0-0 MAAC) heads to Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday, Apr. 2 to face Canisius (5-4, 1-0 MAAC). This will be Marist’s first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) face-off of the season and Canisius’ second.

Last Time Out: In its last game, Marist defeated Binghamton by a score of 12-7. Sophomore Allison Gionta (Eastport, N.Y.) had a game-high six points, with four goals and two assists. Junior Kirsten Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) netted two goals and one assist while Junior Emily Leonard (Brookfield, Conn.) scored two goals as well.  Freshman net-minder Abigail Witczak (Mendham, N.J.) made 12 saves in the net for the Red Foxes. Marist outshot Binghamton 29-24.

Gionta was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week while Witczak was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Marist is led by senior midfielder Jamie Romano (Kings, Park, N.Y.), who has 22 goals and one assist this season. Gionta (21), Viscount (15), sophomore Kara McHugh (Madison, Conn.) (15) and junior Emily Leonard (Brookfield, Conn.) (13) all have double digit point totals. Witczak is 6-2 with a 7.61 goals against average and save percentage of 50 percent.

Last Meeting: The Red Foxes last faced Canisius in the 2013 MAAC Championship Game, where Canisius managed to pull out a come-from-behind 10-9 victory. The Red Foxes were outscored 5-2 in the final 13:03 to fall to the Golden Griffins. Marist also fell to Canisius in the last game of the regular season last year 16-13. Marist finished last season with a 9-10 overall record, while Canisius improved to 14-4.

Scouting the Golden Griffs: Canisius, the defending MAAC Champions, are 5-4 overall and 1-0 in MAAC play. The Golden Griffins had a tough non-conference schedule, facing No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Syracuse, and No. 5 Boston College. Canisius picked up its first conference win of the season with a 19-12 decision over Iona last weekend. The Griffs scored nine-straight goals in the second half to put a game that was tied at 10 at the start of the run out of Iona’s reach. Canisius was led by junior Tori Quinn who had five goals and three assists. Senior Maria Kotas and sophomore Taylor Giglio chipped in four goals and an assist each.

Quinn leads Canisius with 38 points, including 23 goals and 15 assists. Kotas is second on the team with 31 points, comprising of 24 goals and seven assists. Starting goalkeeper Kayla Scully has a save percentage of 47.6 percent with an 11.88 goals against average.

Following this matchup, the Red Foxes continue MAAC play with a home game on Saturday, Apr. 5 against Iona. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m. at Tenney Stadium. Admission is free and open to the public.

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