By: Kevin Traynor
After jumping to a 4-0 lead, the Marist women’s lacrosse team never relinquished their lead on route to an 11-7 victory over Iona. The win improved their record to 2-1 in the MAAC and 7-2 overall on the season.
Out of the gate, senior attacker, Kate Noftsker (Needham, Mass) opened the game scoring twice unassisted and tallied 4 by the final whistle on 6 shots.
However, Iona battled back to pull within 2 with 9 minutes remaining in the first half behind the efforts of Casey Scully and Kerry Thompson. This would be the closest Iona would get for the rest of the afternoon.
Marist answered with goals by Lauren Ciccarello (St. Anthony’s, NY) and Jori Procaccini (West Morris Central, NJ) opening their lead to 7-4 going into halftime.
Nofsker struck again early in the second half to improve Marist’s lead to 8-4, but Iona quickly responded to pull the lead back within 3 after Iona midfielder, Elizabeth Coholan, beat Marist goaltender, freshman, Kelsey Thoms (Newark, NJ).
Marist flexed their lead as they went on a 3 goal run midway through the second half as Ariel Kramer (West Gennesee, NY), Jessica Guarino (Wantagh, NY) and Erin Wilson (Ida, Mich) scored to make it 11-5 with 5 minutes remaining. Kramer and Guarino’s goals were both assisted by senior, Stephanie Garland (West Morris Central, NJ), who finished with 3 assists.
Iona rallied scoring two goals late, but it was not enough to surpass the Red Foxes. Keeper Kelsey Thoms anchored a tight defense while saving 8 shots.
Marist dominated every aspect of the game. They lead in every major category: groundballs, shots, clears and extra man opportunities.
The Marist women’s lacrosse team continues their conference schedule at Fairfield University this Friday at 3:30 pm.