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T
he Marist women’s soccer team won its
first MAAC Championship before ending
the most successful season in program history
with a loss to Boston College Nov. 13 in the
first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
The No. 21 Boston College Eagles defeated
Marist 6-1. On a beautiful fall day at Boston
College’s Newton Soccer Complex, the Red
Foxes came in with the knowledge that they
would be facing a team that was just one year
removed from a Final Four tournament run.
Realizing the disadvantages that they had
on paper, the players came out and made a
concerted effort to control all of the variables
that they could.
Over the first 20-plus minutes of play, the
Red Foxes withstood the Eagles’ pressure and
saw the game continue at 0-0. Boston College
finally broke through with a pair of goals in the
22nd and 25th minutes. Boston College extend-
ed the lead to 3-0 before the end of the half.
After the break, the Red Foxes came out
reenergized and refocused. As a result, the
game had a much different feel as the team
started manufacturing more sustained posses-
sions that would drive into Boston College’s
defensive zone. With this renewed pressure,
Marist broke through 3:14 into the second
half as Samantha Panzner ’14 (Livingston, NJ)
Goal-Oriented
Marist also excelled in the classroom, as four Red Foxes were named First Team Academic All-District.
Additionally, a total of 12 Red Foxes were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
lofted a high cross from the right wing that
found Kathryn Hannis ’12 (Bloomsbury, NJ)
in mid-air. The senior captain controlled the
ball and snapped off a quick header over the
outstretched arms of the Boston College goal-
keeper to bring the score within two at 3-1.
Marist continued controlling possession
over the next 15 minutes, as strong defending
and quick, smart passing allowed the team to
challenge the Eagles in their defensive zone.
Then the Eagles regained the style of play that
helped them score three goals in the first half
and notched three more. After 90 minutes of
play, the game went final with a score of 6-1
in favor of Boston College.
The Red Foxes earned their MAAC
Championship and NCAA bid Nov. 6 with
an exciting 1-0 victory over Loyola at Loyola’s
Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. Two
days earlier, they had advanced to the MAAC
Finals with an exciting penalty-kick win over
Fairfield. In that game, after 110 minutes of 1-1
action, the Red Foxes converted three of their
four penalty kicks to advance by a count of 3-2.
Caitlin Landsman ’13 (Burke, VA) came up with
two stops of Stag penalty kicks to lead Marist
in advancing to their third-ever MAAC Final.
The Red Foxes ended their record-break-
ing season on a 13-6-2 overall mark. Other
records that fell in 2011 include Amanda
Epstein ’15 ( Jericho, NY) tying the all-time
single-season points record with 28 and Rycke
Guiney ’14 (Naperville, IL) setting the all-time
single-season assists record with nine help-
ers. Freshman Epstein also was the program’s
first MAAC Rookie of the Year, and was also
named Most Outstanding Player of the MAAC
Tournament. First-year Head Coach Kate Lyn
earned the MAAC Coach of the Year honor.
Marist also excelled in the classroom as
four Red Foxes—Hannis, Landsman, Chelsea
Botta ’13 (East Longmeadow, MA), and Jackie
Frey ’13 (Monroe, NY)—were named First
Team Academic All-District. Additionally, a
total of 12 Red Foxes were named to the MAAC
All-Academic Team.
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The Marist women’s soccer teamwins its first MAAC Championship and first NCAA bid.
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Freshman Amanda Epstein was the program’s
first-ever MAAC Rookie of the Year, andwas also
named Most Outstanding Player of the MAAC
Tournament.
Red Fox Report