NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - The Marist women's lacrosse team fell in a MAAC road matchup on Wednesday afternoon at Iona by a score of 11-3. In a game that was controlled the majority of time by tight defending and clutch goalkeeping, two short runs of three or more goals by Iona proved to be the difference in the battle for third place in the conference. Junior Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) led the offense with two goals, while junior Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) spearheaded the defense with 13 saves.
The action began with an Iona feel as the Gaels would take the first five shots of the game over a 5:32 span. Luckily for the Red Foxes, Casiano was able to turn aside three of those first five shots to hold Iona to just a 2-0 lead. The Gaels would eventually convert two more shots to open up an initial 4-0 margin.
Marist would break through in the 16th minute of play when senior Kelly Condon (Roslyn, Pa.) found freshman Kirsten Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) from behind the net with a pass over Iona's goalkeeper and a one-timer conversion.
After a 2-0 run by Iona, Marist answered back before halftime at 4:46 when senior Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.) hit a slashing Miller across the mouth of the goal with a pass from the side of the net.
The teams would go to break with the score 6-2 in favor of Iona. Statistically, the Gaels also held advantages in shots at 17-9, shots on goal at 13-8 and draw controls at 7-2. The Red Foxes were perfect on first half clears at 7-7. Casiano recorded seven saves in the opening 30 minutes.
In the second half, offense was at a premium as the two teams were held scoreless over the first 20:32 of play. Individually speaking, Marist held Iona off the scoreboard for a span of 31:09, including the final 10:37 of the first half.
During this opening 20:32, the Red Foxes caused six turnovers and had four shots stopped by Casiano. It wasn't until 9:28, that Iona finally notched the ninth goal of the game to give it a 7-2 lead.
Marist's lone goal in the second half was scored by Miller at 4:32. The junior continued her break-out season with goal number 23 on a fast cut from behind the right side of the net and a low shot to the left corner.
Two late Iona goals closed the scoring at 11-3 in the host's favor.
For the game, the Gaels outshot the Red Foxes 32-21 with a 24-15 advantage in shots on goal. Iona was able to outdraw Marist at 10-5 and convert 60 percent (3-5) of their free position shots, versus an 0-7 outing by the Red Foxes. Both teams registered 10 caused turnovers.
Individually, Casiano finished with 13 saves in a losing effort. Besides leading the team in scoring, Miller also led the team with four ground balls. Coming off of the bench, senior Kelsey Heckler (Bel Air, Md.) led the defense with a career-high three caused turnovers.
The Red Foxes will next be in action on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. when they face off with Canisius. Prior to the game, Marist will honor its seven graduating seniors in a Senior Day presentation.