Senior Olivia Pitonzo was named Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore Hailey Wagner was selected the conference’s top defensive player and freshman Samantha Mehalick was chosen as Rookie of the Week. The MAAC announced the winners March 20.
Pitonzo racked up 10 points on four goals and six assists in Marist’s two games against Big South competition this week. She scored on all four of her shots on goal in the Red Foxes’ 15-9 win at reigning two-time Big South champion Winthrop on March 17. Pitonzo followed up by tying her career high of five assists in a 15-12 loss at High Point two days later. She scored on her only free position attempt of the week and complied an .800 shot on goal percentage.
Wagner broke Marist’s single-game draw control record, winning 15 when the Red Foxes took down Winthrop. The old mark of 13 belonged to Jamie Romano, who achieved the feat in 2014. Wagner led a Marist defense that held the Eagles to 1-for-11 on free position attempts. In a three-goal loss at High Point, Wagner had 10 draw controls and picked up a ground ball.
Mehalick averaged seven shots and 3.50 goals per game in Marist’s two games over the weekend. She scored five goals on eight shots against the Eagles. She also had a ground ball and a draw control in Friday’s contest. Mehalick fired three shots on goal, scoring twice against High Point. She compiled a .500 shot percentage and a .714 shots on goal percentage in the pair of non-conference contests. Mehalick is the Red Foxes’ leading scorer so far this season with 20 goals.Marist will close out its non-conference slate with a 3 p.m. contest at UMass on March 25.