POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - In their final non-conference contest of 2012, the Marist women's lacrosse team suffered a 13-9 setback versus Yale on Wednesday at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. A 6-2 run in the second half by the Bulldogs (3-5) impacted the final outcome of a game that was 4-4 late in the first half. Senior Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.) was the Red Foxes' leading offensive performer with four points on three goals and an assist. Junior goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) made 12 saves in net for Marist (1-9).
A budding, recent rivalry that has involved close back-and-forth play over the past two seasons, kept with the script throughout the first half of play on Wednesday. Following an opening goal by Yale at 25:46, the Red Foxes had a response for each and every Bulldog goal during the first 30 minutes of play. Junior Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) got Marist on the board first with an unassisted marker at 24:44.
After a Yale goal at 22:58, it was junior Amanda Tuck's (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) turn to get into the scoring column as she took a Kramer pass and beat Yale's goalkeeper Erin McMullan at 20:54.
The next two Bulldog goal-Red Fox response combos would consist of tallies by Kramer at 13:21 and Miller at 9:08. Miller's score, a free-position goal, was the 13th of her 2012 campaign, a total that matches her career-high.
A Jen DeVito goal at 4:36 would give Yale the 5-4 advantage going into the locker room for halftime.
Though outshot 16-8 at the break, the Red Foxes had stellar goalkeeping from Casiano, who turned aside seven Bulldog shots to keep it a one goal game.
In the second half, the Bulldogs opened on a 6-2 run to put some distance between themselves and the host Red Foxes. Sophomore Jamie Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.) netted both of Marist's goals, at 21:58 and 13:57, respectively.
Marist closed out the final eight and a half minutes of play with a 3-2 run on goals to make the final score 13-9. Red Fox goal scorers down the stretch were Romano and Kramer with two. These goals gave each scorer a hat trick for the contest.
On the strength of a career-high eight draw controls by Romano, the Red Foxes outdrew the Bulldogs at 16-8.
As a team, Yale outshot Marist 34-18 and caused more turnovers at 10-8.
Individually, three Red Foxes registered three or more points. Kramer led the trio of Romano (3g) and Miller (2g-1a) with three goals and an assist. In goal, Casiano finished with 12 saves, her fifth game with a dozen or more stops on the year. Defensively, freshman Christine Astarita (Kennett Square, Pa.) caused a team-high two turnovers, as well as collected a team-high four ground balls.
The Red Foxes will next be in action on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. when they face off with rival Siena in each squad's conference opener. Following the game, Marist will be hosting a clinic for players of all ages and playing levels. (Click here for more info on clinic)