POUGHKEEPSIE, New York - The Marist women’s lacrosse team (6-8, 2-3 MAAC) will travel to Western New York to take on Niagara (7-7, 4-1 MAAC) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. Live stats will be provided and a video stream will be available for a subscription fee.

Last Time Out

Marist suffered its second one-goal loss of the season, a 10-9 overtime defeat to Fairfield on April 15. The Red Foxes erased a four-goal deficit in the second half but allowed the Stags to score with 22 seconds remaining in the extra frame. Eight of the game’s goals were scored on free position attempts.

Senior Natalie Bonaroti had a hat trick won four draw controls in the contest. Senior Olivia Pitonzo added a goal and three assists to extend her point streak to 14 games.

Players to Watch

Senior goalkeeper Abigail Witczak picked up her 500th career save on a free position shot in the first half of Marist’s last game. With 506 saves to her credit, Witczak is one save shy of tying Christy Uellendahl '01 for third place all time in program history. Witczak is third in the nation with 159 saves and fourth in the country with 11.36 saves per game. She leads the MAAC in both categories.  

In last year’s game against Niagara, then freshman Hailey Wagner had a season-high nine draw controls. She has 79 this year and needs nine more to tie Marist’s single-season record of 88 set by Jamie Romano in 2014. Wagner is first in the MAAC averaging 5.64 draw controls per game.

Scouting Niagara

Coming off a 13-8 home victory over Monmouth on April 15, the Purple Eagles are riding a three-game winning streak into this week. Sophomore Rachel MacCheyne racked up seven points on five goals and two assists. She is the team’s leading scorer and is third in the conference with 42 goals. She has the most shots (8.14) and shots on goal per game (5.86) of any player in the MAAC.

Niagara is averaging 13.79 draw controls per game, which is best in the MAAC.

Up Next

The Red Foxes will play Iona in their last of 11 regular season road games in 2017. Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 22.