JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Marist women's lacrosse team lost in the first game of its two-game Florida road trip by a 17-7 margin at Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon. A fast start by the Dolphins served as the deciding factor in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Sophomore Kirsten Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes' offense with three goals scored. Senior goalie Ashley Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.) made 12 saves to backstop the Red Fox defense.
The high-scoring Dolphin team, who led the NCAA in 2012 with 18.16 goals a game, jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes over the visiting Red Foxes.
Sophomore Lexi Brannigan (Loudonville, N.Y.) got Marist on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally at 19:37.
After seven scoreless minutes of action, Jacksonville would notch the first of five consecutive unanswered goals at 12:14 to go up by an eventual 8-1 mark.
Right before the half, junior Bailey Knapton (Canandaigua, N.Y.) found Brannigan for her second goal of the half to make it an 8-2 game at the break.
The teams would play an even eight minutes over the opening portion of the second half; each team registered two goals. For the Red Foxes Amanda Tuck (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) and Viscount netted goals at 27:24 and 22:13, respectively.
Viscount would score her second goal in five minutes at 17:00 after receiving a pass from freshman Allison Gionta (Eastport, N.Y.) to make it 10-5.
The Dolphins would step up the pressure and efficiency over the final 15:26, as they would outscore the Red Foxes 7-2. Viscount and junior Brooke Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) scored the goals for Marist at 8:44 and 1:55.
Jacksonville improved to 6-3 on the year with the 17-7 victory. The Dolphins outshot the Red Foxes 43-13 and held a 30-8 advantage in shots on goal. Jacksonville also forced 16 turnovers, seven of which caused failed clears for Marist.
The Red Foxes will be have a quick turnaround as they travel to Deland, Florida to take on first-year NCAA women's lacrosse member Stetson in a 6 p.m. contest on Thursday, March 21.