Oct. 29, 2010
The Marist women's soccer team will close out the regular season at home this weekend with a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) matches against Iona and Fairfield. Even though the Red Foxes have clinched a berth in the MAAC Tournament, next weekend, Marist can still win the regular season title with one victory this weekend. Both matches this weekend will be streamed LIVE on Marist All-Access.
THE WEEKEND AHEAD
- The Red Foxes conclude the regular season this weekend at home when it hosts Iona on Friday at 7 p.m. and Fairfield on Sunday, at 1 p.m. With a win this weekend, Marist can clinch the top seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament. The team has already clinched a spot in the Championship.
- Marist will host senior day on Sunday and honor the program's Class of 2011 prior to the match.
- Both matches will be video streamed on Marist All-Access.
- Marist defeated Siena 2-1 on Saturday Oct. 23 before a crowd of 1,674 on breast cancer awareness night at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. The team raised over $850 for breast cancer research. Daniella Burns scored the game-winning goal in the 57th minute.
- With a win this weekend, Marist can clinch the top seed in the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament at Loyola from Nov. 5-7.
- The Red Foxes have won two Regular Season Titles in the past in 2007 and 2001.
- In both seasons, Marist reached the title game of the conference tournament.
- A victory this weekend would be Marist's 11th of the season, which ties the program's all-time record for wins in a season.
- The record was set during the 2007 season, where Marist won the MAAC Regular Season Title and made it to the MAAC Championship match when the conference tournament was played at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field.
- The members of Marist's current senior class were freshmen when the record was set back in 2007.
- With one more shutout this season, Marist will set program records in shutouts in a season as a team.
- Additionally, if senior Jamie Balzarini is in goal for the shutout, it will be her eighth of the year, a single-season record, and the 15th of her Marist career.
- Currently Balzarini is tied with Mellanie Nai in both categories with seven this season and 14 in her career.
- Marist has only allowed 16 goals to date this season, which is far beyond the pace to set a new program record for fewest goals allowed in a season. The current record stands at 22, which was set in 2007.
- Six of the 16 goals were surrendered in two matches (at Army and at Yale). In its 15 other regular season matches thus far in 2010, Marist has only allowed 10 goals. The Red Foxes have won seven games via shutout.
- With its 6-1 record and 18 points in its first six conference matches, Marist holds sole possession of first place.
- When Marist defeated Siena on Saturday night, it clinched a playoff berth. This weekend, the Red Foxes will be playing for their seed against Iona and Fairfield.
- The top four teams will qualify for the MAAC Women's Soccer Championship, which will be held on Nov. 5-7 at Ridley Athletic Complex on the campus of Loyola University Maryland.
- Sophomore Jaclynn Sabia has earned her way into the Marist women's soccer all-time record books in both goals and points.
- She stands tied for eighth all-time in goals with 12 and is ninth on the career points list with 27.
- To date this season, Sabia has tallied five goals and an assist. She is leads the team in points with 13, goals with six and leads the team in game-winners with three.
- The Gaels are mathematically eliminated from conference tournament contention and stand in ninth place in the MAAC.
- Iona has lost its last five matches, all against MAAC opposition, but is led by Leah Taylor and Gabriella D'Aprile who have scored five points apiece this season.
- Fairfield enters the final weekend of regular season play in need at least one win to make the MAAC Tournament, but need two to guarantee itself a spot.
- The Stags have scored 19 goals off the feet of 10 different players, while Kelly Boudreau has been a mainstay in goal with a MAAC-leading 10 shutouts on the year.
- Fairfield holds a dominant 10-2-3 record against Marist in head-to-head matches, and are 5-0-1 in matches in Poughkeepsie.