Water Polo Continues Tough Opening Stretch at Bison Invite
This weekend the Marist water polo team will take part in the Bison Invite, hosted by Bucknell, where they will face off against four teams. All 16 games in the tournament are available to watch online, via purchase of a subscription, by going to either GoRedFoxes.com or BucknellBison.com. The Red Foxes, who are 1-7 in their first two weekends of competition, continue a tough stretch to open the season, that sees nine of their first ten games coming against teams ranked in the top 20 nationally.
Their first opponent on Saturday at 8 a.m. will be Princeton, with a record of 4-0 and is currently ranked 19th in the country. Their next opponent will be that afternoon in a 3 p.m. contest versus Hartwick, who comes in with a record of 5-3 and currently ranked 16th. It will be the first of two meetings between the two squads as they will play again next week, in Troy, N.Y. On Sunday morning the Red Foxes will face off against Brown with a record of 1-1. Marist will complete their weekend with an afternoon game against Gannon, who has not yet started their season.
The offense for Red Foxes so far have been led by senior captain Desiree Desaulniers (Orlando Fla.) who has nine goals in six games. Freshman Alison Hamby (Sacramento, Calif.) has scored eight times and Jackie Puccino (San Diego, Calif.) is third with six goals. On the defensive side, Mackenzie Maynes (Newcastle, Wash.) leads the team with 10 steals, while Kelly Kline (Reading, Pa.) is the leader in field blocks with 11. In goal, Rebecca Thomas (Cape Town, South Africa) is the team leader in saves (64) and goals against average (10.56).
Last week the Red Foxes had two players honored with MAAC Weekly Awards. Thomas was named MAAC Defensive Player of the week, as she recorded double digit saves in three out of the five games the Red Foxes played over the weekend in California. Additionally, Hamby was named MAAC Rookie of the week, as she put together a team leading six goals on the weekend, including a two goal performance, to go along with a steal and a field block, in Marist's comeback win over Sonoma State for their first victory of the season.