POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist Water Polo team (20-16, 11-2 MAAC) defeated the Iona Gaels (14-16, 9-4 MAAC) 12-10 in the semi-finals round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships today.

Junior Jessica Hamby (Sacramento, Calif.) led the Red Foxes with six goals in the outing, while sophomore Skyler Henry (San Diego, Calif.) came up big in the net for Marist with 10 saves.

The Gaels struck first in the matchup, before junior Anna-Lena Hathaway (South Pasadena, Calif.) answered back just seconds later to tie it up. She went on to post two big steals for the Red Foxes, preventing Iona to capitalize in Marist’s zone. Sophomore Brooke Else (Lansdale, Pa.) gave Marist the 2-1 lead, with an assist by junior Hannah Levien (Davis, Calif.). Before ending the first quarter, the Gaels posted another goal to tie the matchup at two.

The Red Foxes posted back-to-back goals from freshman Amanda Amorosa (Montreal, QC) and junior Jessica Hamby to kick off the second quarter. The Gaels answered back with a goal before Levien notched one to give the Red Foxes a two-goal lead (5-3). Jessica Hamby tacked on another for Marist, as Amorosa fed her the ball in front of the net. Once again, the Gaels answered in the last minute of play to cut Marist’s lead to two (6-4) entering halftime.

The Gaels struck first out of the half, as Marist led 6-5. On a failed clear attempt by Iona, Jessica Hamby capitalized on a steal with a goal for Marist’s seventh goal in the outing. The Gaels responded with two goals before senior Yuriria Chavez (Chicago, Ill.) put one in the back of the net to close out the third quarter with an 8-7 Red Fox lead.

After a scoreless two minutes to start the fourth quarter, Jessica Hamby tallied another goal for Marist. The Gaels went on to capitalize on a six-on-five opportunity, before Jessica Hamby answered back to keep the Red Foxes’ lead at two. Else added her own man-up goal to give Marist an 11-8 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. The teams continued to go tick-for-tack, as Iona notched a goal before Jessica Hamby claimed her sixth of the day. Iona would only add one more before the Red Foxes clinched the 12-10 victory.

Also for Marist, Levien added four assists, while Amorosa posted three steals and junior Alison Hamby (Sacramento, Calif.) had one field block in the win. The Red Foxes drew 11 ejections in the outing.

Marist will face off against the No. 1 seeded Wagner Seahawks tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the MAAC Championship Tournament title.