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Water Polo Downed By No. 24 Marist, Bests Siena

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          Release: 04/08/2017
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BROOKLYN, NY - The Iona women’s water polo team split two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferences today at Saint Francis College with a 17-12 loss to Marist College and a 13-4 win over Siena College.

Iona 12 Marist 17

After trailing by one goal at halftime and tying the score four times in the match, the Gaels (9-12, 6-5 MAAC) were outscored 10-6 by the Red Foxes during the second half in a 17-12 MAAC defeat this morning.

Iona’s top scorer, junior Hannah Schultz, led the Gaels with five goals, while junior Megan Hofer hit three. Senior co-captain Rebecca Koshy scored two goals, and junior Kayla Allen and junior goalie Britten Vilander had one score each.

In addition to her half-pool goal to end the first half and pull Iona within one, Vilander made four saves, six steals and two assists. On defense, the Gaels made 13 steals, three by junior Devika Joshi.   Iona had eleven turnovers, and drew five Marist kickouts, while being ejected seven times.   The Gaels scored on two of three man-up chances, and the Red Foxes capitalized on four of six.

Schultz struck first for Iona just 33 seconds into the match on the Gaels’ second possession, but the Red Foxes tied the game at one 22 ticks later.   Marist took the lead 2-1 with 5:23 left in the first period, but Schultz knotted the score at two with 4:44 to go. Five consecutive goals gave the Red Foxes a 6-2 advantage going into the second period.

With 1:48 gone in the second, Hofer capitalized on the Gaels’ first 6-5 advantage to trim the Red Fox lead to 6-3. Marist did the same to go up 7-3, then Iona hit three straight Iona goals over the next 2:39.  After Koshy started the rally, Schultz hit her second goal with 39 second to intermission.   Waiting until the last tick on the clock, Vilander fired from half tank to pull the Gaels within one 7-6 at halftime.

With Koshy’s lob 1:05 into the third period, Iona tied the score for the third time at seven. The Red Foxes regained the lead 8-7 at the 3:44 mark, then Hofer knotted the game at eight with 1:31 left in the third period. Marist scored three straight goals in the remaining 1:33 for a 11-8 edge going into the final period.

In the opening 1:44 of the fourth period, Marist hit three straight goals to go up 14-8, until Schultz’s fourth goal stopped the Red Foxes’ 6-0 run. Marist scored twice, then Hofer’s third score trimmed the Red Foxes’ edge to 16-10 with 3:53 left. In the final minute, Schultz and Allen tacked on two more Iona scores, but the Gaels’ rally fell short.

Iona 13 Siena 4

After failing to score in the opening period, Iona took off on a 10-0 run in the second and third periods for a 13-4 conference victory over Siena this afternoon.

Schultz led Iona with five goals, while Allen hit three scores. Koshy made two goals, and senior co-captain Darby Nevins, Joshi and freshman Regan Warmoth added one goal apiece.  

In goal, Vilander had six saves on 19 Siena shots, four steals and three assists. On defense, Iona made 13 steals, four by Allen and three by Nevins.   Iona had 14 turnovers, and drew seven Saints kickouts, while being ejected eight times.  Iona scored on two of five man-up chances, while Siena took advantage of two of seven.

After Schultz missed a five-meter penalty shot, Siena got on the board first with 4:15 gone in the match. The Gael offense failed to score to give the Saints a 1-0 lead going into the second quarter.

Fifty-one seconds into the second, Siena upped its lead to 2-0. With 4:43 on the clock, the Gaels began their 10-0 run which lasted until 7:45 into the third period. Allen scored on a steal, followed by three straight Schultz scores to tie, then go up 4-2 with 1:39 to halftime. Koshy increased the Iona lead to 5-2 with 34 seconds to intermission.

In the third period, four more consecutive Iona goals by Schultz, Koshy, Joshi and Nevins gave the Gaels a 9-2 advantage going into the final period.

Allen hit her third goal just 15 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Siena ended the Iona run on a 6-5 advantage at the 5:30 mark as Gaels lead 10-3.Scores by Schultz and Allen put Iona up 12-3 with 3:55 to go.  The Saints struck nine ticks later, but Warmoth’s goal on the Gaels’ next possession sealed the win.

While disappointed with his squad’s defense in the Marist loss, Iona head coach Brian Kelly praised the team’s “focus” and “purpose” in the Siena win.

“We had a poor defensive effort in today’s first game,” Kelly said. “Our counter defense and communication was terrible.  This is surprising because we have been playing very well defensively.  We made that the focus in our Siena game, and we played with a purpose.”

The Gaels travel to Wagner College on Staten Island tomorrow to take on Villanova University at 9 a.m.

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