POUGHKEEPSIE, New York - The Marist women’s lacrosse team (6-7, 2-2 MAAC) will wrap up a three-game home stand when it takes on the Fairfield Stags (8-4, 4-0 MAAC) at 1 p.m. April 15 in Tenney Stadium. Prior to the game the Red Foxes will honor their five seniors: Alyssa Pitonzo, Olivia Pitonzo, Natalie Bonaroti, Madison Calkins, and Abigail Witczak.
Last Time Out
Marist fell to Canisius, 18-6, in a weekday Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference clash April 12. The score was tied four times in the opening period, but Marist’s offense slowed down in the second half. Freshman Samantha Mehalick scored a hat trick and junior Lauren Mazza added two goals of her own. On the defensive unit sophomore Audrey Cerrone and senior Alyssa Pitonzo each scooped up three ground balls.
Players to Watch
Witczak made 13 saves in goal against Canisius and is currently ranked third in the country in saves per game averaging 11.31. Her 147 saves are second in the nation and she is six away from becoming the fourth Red Fox with 500 or more in her career.
Sophomore Hailey Wagner contributed two assists and five draw controls in the loss to the Golden Griffins last time out. She currently leads the MAAC and is 14th in the country, averaging 5.54 draw controls per game. Olivia Pitonzo leads the Red Foxes this year with 27 assists, the fourth most in a single season in program history.
Scouting the Stags
Fairfield is unbeaten in MAAC play this season and second to Canisius in the conference standings. The Stags are on a six-game winning streak following their most recent 17-5 victory at Quinnipiac on April 12.
Senior Alex Fehmel dominated Wednesday’s contest, scoring six goals on nine shots, and scooped up four ground balls. Classmate Riley Hellstein notched six points and leads the MAAC with six shots on goal per game this season. She enters the weekend ranked 15th in the country with 43 goals.
The Stags’ defense is among the top 20 in the nation and first in the MAAC in ground balls (21.92) and caused turnovers (11.17) per game. On the other end of the field Fairfield’s .529 free position percentage puts it at sixth place in the country.
Marist will travel to Western New York to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.