By: Kevin Traynor
After setting the single season record for wins (12), the Marist College women’s lacrosse team lost to Fairfield 19-9 in the MAAC Championship game at Iona College Sunday afternoon.
“Losing this year to Fairfield was a tough loss for us since we were the returning MAAC champions,” said Marist senior, Stephanie Garland.
Kristin Coleman opened the game by scoring the first 3 goals for Fairfield. The Stags continued their scoring ways stretching their lead to 7-0 midway through the first half.
Marist senior Stephanie Garland found the back of the net off a Kate Noftsker feed to cut the Fairfield lead to 6, but it would be all Fairfield for the rest of the afternoon.
The Red Foxes cut the lead to 5 behind the efforts of Stephanie Garland and Cristin Begley at 9-4 with 8:38 remaining in the first half.
Fairfield proved to be too much as they went on to score five of the first six goals of the second half to build a double digit lead.
Stephanie Garland set the single season scoring record for Marist with 55 goals while cutting the lead to 18-8.
“After the game I found out about breaking the record which was a nice personal accomplishment, but it could never replace the feeling of winning the championship game with my teammates.Both Marist and Fairfield traded goals for the rest of the way as Fairfield won 19-9,” Garland said.
On the afternoon, Fairfield scored on 7-14 free position shots, whereas Marist could not beat Fairfield keeper Lauren Chatnik, going 0-8.
Fairfield won every major category including shots, groundballs, clears and draws.
Marist concludes the year with a record of 12-5.
“It was upsetting to realize it was the end of my career at Marist, but I was very proud of our team for fighting until the very last second of the game,” Garland said.