VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania – The Marist water polo team split its opening weekend of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Saturday, falling to the #16 Wagner College Seahawks 10-6 before beating the Villanova University Wildcats 15-8.
With the results, Marist stands at 9-11 (1-1 MAAC) on the season.
Against the Seahawks, sophomore Susan Cantoni led the Red Foxes offensively, totaling three goals, while senior co-captain Amanda Amorosa finished with one goal and two assists. Her two assists moved Amorosa passed Shelby Rinker (10-13) for third all-time in program history. Sophomore Grace Doerfler and senior co-captain Jocelyn McQuade each chipped in one goal.
In net, junior Jessica Hermosillo played the opening two quarters and finished with five goals against, three saves and one steal and freshman Carsen Horvatich played the second half and totaled five goals against and five saves.
Versus the Wildcats, Amorosa led the team with four goals, two assists and two steals, while senior Nastassia McGlothlin finished with two goals, two assists and one steal. Cantoni and fellow sophomore Katie Tijerina each chipped in two goals, one assist and one steal, junior co-captain Diana Carballo finished with two goals and one steal and McQuade chipped in one goal, one assist and one steal. Doerfler finished with one goal and one steal and freshman Justine Castro chipped in one goal.
In goal, Horvatich played the first half and finished with three goals against, three saves and two steals. Hermosillo played the third quarter and totaled no goals against and one save and sophomore Hope Vickers played the fourth quarter and finished with five goals against and three saves.
Looking to start conference play off with a win, both teams came out ready to play. The Seahawks opened the scoring when Erica Hardy found the back of the net just 1:23 into the game. Defense was the name of the game for the remainder of the quarter, as neither team scored.
Cantoni evened the score with 4:27 left in the first half but Wagner answered 12 seconds later when Kimberly Watson scored to regain the lead. Watson scored again with 3:39 left to make it a two goal game before Hardy scored with 2:02 left and Elise Begg found the back of the net with 23 seconds remaining to extend the Seahawks lead to 5-1. McQuade made it a three goal game with three seconds left on an assist by Ariana Singer and the two teams went into the half with Wagner ahead 5-2.
Watson’s third made it 6-2 just 1:05 into the second half. Doerfler made it 6-3 1:24 into the third quarter but Wagner answered with three consecutive goals by Franciska Milo-Sidlo (2) and Hardy to make it 9-3 with eight minutes remaining.
Milo-Sidlo made it 10-3 with a goal at the 7:30 mark, before Cantoni answered 1:06 later off an assist by Amorosa. With 2:33 left in the game, Amorosa made it 9-5 with a five meter at 2:23 and then Cantoni found the back of the net for her third at 0:13 to make it 10-6 but that was as close as it would get with Wagner emerging victorious 10-6.
Coming off the tough loss to the Seahawks, Marist was determined to get into the win column. Amorosa opened the scoring 3:39 into the game, before Carballo made it 2-0 with a goal at 3:44. The Wildcats answered with a goal 12 seconds later by Lizzie Louwers, however, Tijerina regained the two goal lead when she found the back of the net with 2:45 remaining. With 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Castro made it 4-1 with her first goal of the day.
McGlothin extended the lead to 5-1 34 seconds into the second quarter before Villanova answered with a goal at the 5:47 mark by Kate Stenmoen. Carballo scored just under three minutes later to push the score back to a four goal margin but again Stenmoen found the back of the net to trim the deficit to 6-3. Back-to-back goals by McGlothlin and Cantoni made it 8-3 and the two teams headed into the half.
The third quarter was all Red Foxes as McQuade, Amorosa, Cantoni and Tijerina found the back of the net while Villanova was held scoreless and with eight minutes remaining it was 12-3.
The Wildcats found their stride in the fourth with four consecutive goals in the opening 3:25 of the quarter and suddenly it was 12-7. Amorosa scored her third of the game with 3:57 remaining but Dominique Clark answered for Villanova to make it 13-8. With just minutes remaining, the Marist defense was up to the task and shut the door with Doerfler and Amorosa scoring and the final horn sounded with the Red Foxes victorious 15-8.
Up next, Marist returns home for its annual MAAC home day. The Red Foxes will play VMI (10:30 AM) and LaSalle (4 PM). Prior to the game vs LaSalle, the team’s three seniors will be honored with a Senior Day Ceremony.