POUGHKEEPSIE, New York - The Marist women’s lacrosse team will square off against Winthrop at 5 p.m. March 17 and travel to High Point for a 12 p.m. non-conference matchup March 19.

Live stats for Friday night and Sunday afternoon will be available along with free video streams on the Big South Network.

The Red Foxes are coming into the weekend having won three of their last four games to move to 3-3 on the season.

Last Time Out

Hat tricks from four different players led Marist to a 15-10 victory at Sacred Heart on March 11. Sophomore Audrey Cerrone, senior Natalie Bonaroti and senior Olivia Pitonzo all scored three goals while freshman Samantha Mehalick fired three straight scores early in the first half. Both sides combined for 64 shots and nine of the Red Foxes’ goals were unassisted. 

Players To Watch

Mehalick has scored nine goals in her last four games. She is Marist’s leading scorer with 13 goals this season, including four from behind the 8-meter arc.

Senior Abigail Witczak has played all 360 minutes in goal this year. She is first in the MAAC with 11.83 saves per game and third with a .480 save percentage this year. Witczak’s 418 career saves are fourth among active goalkeepers.  

Scouting The Eagles

The Winthrop Eagles (2-4) are the defending Big South Champions. They have lost three out of their last four games and beat their only other Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent, Siena, by a score of 11-10 on Feb. 19.

Junior Nicole Beatson has scored 18 goals and is 5-for-6 on free position attempts this season. On defense three players have tallied double digit totals in ground balls, including junior Katherine Judge who has also won 25 draw controls.  

As a team, Winthrop is 20-for-36 (.556) on free position shots this season.     

Scouting The Panthers

High Point is on a three-game winning streak after it began the 2017 season 0-3. It scored 17 goals in its three losses compared to 47 in its last three victories.  

The Panthers’ most recent win was a 17-11 triumph over George Mason on March 15. Junior Brooke Stevens notched a career-high eight points on a pair of goals and six assists.

Junior Erica Perrotta has 15 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers alongside 11 goals on offense this season.   

Looking Ahead

Marist will continue its seven-game road trip at UMass when it plays a 3 p.m. contest March 25. Nicole Troost, a first-year assistant for the Red Foxes this year, played for the Minutewomen for the last four seasons before graduating in 2016.