No. 1 Wagner & No. 2 Marist Meet in MAAC Water Polo Championship Final for Fourth Consecutive Year
Release: April 29, 2017
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Water Polo Championship features the No. 1 seeded Wagner College and the No. 2 seeded Marist College. This is the fourth consecutive year that these two teams are meeting in the championship game.
The 2017 MAAC Water Polo Championship game takes place tomorrow, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. following the consolation game between No. 3 Virginia Military Institute and No. 4 Iona College from the McCann Natatorium on the campus of Marist College.
Wagner defeated the No. 4 seeded Iona, 13-5 in the semifinals and the Red Foxes beat the No. 3 seeded VMI, 11-7 to advance to the championship final.
The Seahawks defeated the Foxes in both regular season meetings this season. Wagner won the first meeting, 10-6 to earn its first win of the year in conference play. Four student-athletes recorded hat-tricks in the first matchup of the season. For Wagner, Kimberly Watson, Franciska Milo-Sidlo, and Erica Hardy all registered hat-tricks and for the Foxes, Susan Cantoni found the back of the net on three occasions. Lacey Anderson also added four assists for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks took the second meeting, 9-5. 2017 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, Emily Riddle of Wagner tied her season-high of 12 saves in the victory, while 2017 Co-Offensive Player of the Year Kimberly Watson registered four points (three goals, one assist). For the Foxes, Amanda Amorosa, Anais Mathes, Justine Castro, Diana Carballo, and Nastassia McGlothlin all recorded a goal.
Over the course of the last three MAAC Water Polo Championship finals Wagner has topped Marist. In 2014 the Seahawks defeated the Foxes, 9-7, in 2015, 10-8, and 2016, 8-5. Wagner seniors Gabryel Oloapu, Emily Riddle, and Amanda Sutherland look to become the first senior class to be crowned MAAC Water Polo Champions in all four years of their collegiate careers. While seniors, Amanda Amorosa, Nastassia McGlothlin, and Jocelyn McQuade aim to bring the trophy back to Marist for the first time since 2010.
The 2017 MAAC Water Polo Consolation game features No. 3 VMI facing off against No.4 Iona. The Keydets swept the Gaels in the regular season. In the first meeting, Iona senior driver Rebecca Koshy tallied six goals, but the Gaels were defeated by the Keydets, 16-13. 2017 MAAC Rookie of the Year Isabel French recorded 12 saves for VMI in the second meeting of the season en route to a 10-9 victory.
The Consolation game takes place tomorrow, April 30 at 12:00 p.m.