BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Marist women's lacrosse season came to an end on Friday night as the Red Foxes were defeated in the second semifinal of the 2012 MAAC Championships by Canisius, 14-5. Looking to beat the second-seeded Golden Griffins for a second time this season, the third-seeded Red Foxes (4-13) ran into a stingy Canisius (9-8) squad, who limited Marist to five goals and caused eight turnovers. Sophomore Jamie Romano (Kings Park, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes with two goals.
The game began evenly as both teams tallied two scores over the first 15 minutes of play. Following an opening goal by Canisius' Megan Oosting, Romano answered back with a free position goal less than three minutes later at 24:48. The same combination of a Canisius goal followed by a Marist response occurred five minutes later as Ashley Miller (Montville, N.J.) re-tied the game for the Red Foxes at 16:50. The junior attacker took a pass from freshman Emily Leonard (Brookfield, Conn.) to register her 29th goal of the season.
The host Golden Griffins would close the half on a 5-1 run over the final 14:06 of the period. Romano netted Marist's lone goal during this stretch.
After being outshot 15-6 in the first half, Marist's offensive got more aggressive in final stanza, but unfortunately, Canisius' goalkeeper Kayla Scully played a large role in minimizing the Red Foxes' effectiveness.
Getting off 13 shots in the second half, Marist put nine on goal, but only seniors Jori Procaccini (Long Valley, N.J.) and Ariel Kramer (Syracuse, N.Y.) found the back of the net as Scully made seven saves.
Seven Canisius goals capped the scoring of the semifinal at 14-5.
For the game, Marist was outshot 26-19 and was outdrawn 13-8. Both teams collected 12 ground balls and had 11 turnovers.
Junior goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) made five saves to finish her season with 155 stops.
Kramer, Miller and Romano all finished the season with a team-high 29 goals.
Historically speaking, Jamie Romano finished 2012 with a Marist single-season high of 52 draw controls, breaking Jamine Aponte's 1998 record of 51. Both Kelly Condon (Roslyn, Pa.) and Ariel Kramer capped their record-setting offensive careers.
Condon finishes her four years as a Red Fox sixth all-time in goals with 90, tied for third all-time in assists with 57 and fifth all-time with 147 points.
Kramer finishes ranked number seven all-time with 87 goals and eighth in points with 122 in her career.
Fellow senior Jori Procaccini completes her Red Fox career with 71 career goals and 81 points.