By Sam Brouwere
Senior Sports Reporter
The Griffs bounced back from a 14-12 loss to the Monmouth Hawks last Sunday when they defeated the Marist Red Foxes Wednesday at home, 13-12.
“I thought today was a tremendous response from Sunday,” head coach Allison Daley said. “We took a lot of time Monday and Tuesday to focus on ourselves and that really paid off for us. That focus showed in answering back when we needed to but also in taking a lead and keeping it. We had a lot of people step up and contribute and it was a total team win for us”
The Griffs trailed early as the Red Foxes scored three quick goals to start the game. Less than two minutes later, senior Jen Reininger scored to put the Griffs on the board.
This goal would be the first of a 6-0 run for the Griffs to give them the lead at the end of the first half, 6-3. Bryar Cummings, Jourdan Roemer, Rachel Ryan, Lauren Smolensky and Allie Stewart all scored goals of their own.
The Red Foxes then scored the first two goals of the second half, and freshman Marissa Malvaso would score to give some momentum back to the Griffs.
With just over 16 minutes left to play, the Griffs took the lead over the Red Foxes, 12-9. The team outscored Marist, 5-4, to start the second half with Reininger and Stewart each scoring two goals over the stretch and Cummings adding the other.
The Red Foxes then scored two goals within 23 seconds of each other to decrease the Griffs’ lead, 12-11. Stewart then scored her fourth, and most important, goal of the game to extend the Griffs’ lead to 13-11 with 7:57 remaining.
Just under a minute later, the Red Foxes scored another goal to cut the deficit to one, but they we were unable to score again in the game.
After being down 3-0 early in the game, Coach Daley explained that they made a switch with their defensive zone and that greatly helped them succeed after being down.
“I thought our defense settled in after being down early,” Daley said. “We switched up our zone a little bit and we did start making some defensive stops. We were able to turn those good defensive stops into positives out there.”
Prior to the win over the Red Foxes, the Griffs lost to Monmouth in a close game.
The Hawks started the game off on a 4-1 run. However, the three-goal lead was short lived for the Hawks as the Griffs rattled off three straight goals of their own.
Roemer tallied two goals and Reininger scored the other to tie the score with 13:15 remaining, 4-4. The two teams both scored two more goals in the half to tie the game up at halftime, 6-6.
The Griffs didn’t have as much success in the second half. The Hawks outscored the Griffs in the half, 8-6. Reininger scored three of the Griffs’ goals, Roemer had two and Stewart had one.
The Griffs (7-6 overall, 4-1 MAAC) will now travel to Hamden, Conn. tomorrow to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats with faceoff scheduled for 11 a.m.