La Salle Freshmen Lead the Way in 1-1 Split

Women’s Water Polo March 27, 2022

LOUDONVILLE, NY – The La Salle women’s water polo team recorded a 16-7 victory over Siena highlighted by freshman Francesca Co ‘s offensive performance before falling to Marist, 16-10, later in the day. Co ‘and Tatum Lomax combined for six goals.


  • The Saints were the first to strike just over a minute into the first frame. Shanna Zuanich put La Salle in the game nearly 30 seconds later to tie it at 1-1. The teams traded goals over the next two minutes with the Explorers able to pull ahead by two twice. Siena answered back to keep the deficit to one heading into the second period, 5-4.
  • The Explorers started off the second stanza strong going on a 3-run through the first five minutes to pull ahead by four, 8-4. The Saints found the back of the net to cut the deficit to three, but Co ‘put in back-to-back balls to put the Explorers up by five at the end of the first half, 10-5.
  • The third frame was an almost-even affair. The Explorers came out on top holding a narrow 3-2 edge over Siena to enter the final eight minutes with a 13-7 lead.
  • The Saints would not find the back of the net again with the Explorers shutting out the final period, 3-0, for the 16-7 victory.


  • Co ‘stepped up to lead the scoring effort for La Salle with a team-high three goals.
  • Zuanich, Lomax, Madison Martinez, Hannah Woren, Sophie Appler and Kalista Hyham put up two goals each while Karle Linden added one.
  • Five Explorers shared the assist duties with Lomax, Martinez, Woren, Appler and Sarah DeFusco recorded two assists apiece.
  • Martinez and Woren led the defensive effort from the field each recording a team-high three steals.
  • Emma Gurasich and Caitlin Valentine shared time in the net. Gurasich made one save and one steal while Valentine totaled a season-high eight saves and added one assist and one steal.
  • La Salle went 4-0 in sprints.


  • Marist jumped out to a six-point lead after the first frame holding the Explorers scoreless while tallying six goals of its own.
  • La Salle managed to slow down the Red Fox offense in the second period limiting Marist to just three goals while adding two of its own to trail 9-2 at the end of the first half.
  • La Salle found its rhythm in the second half with eight goals over the 16 minutes while holding Marist to seven. The Explorers could not recover from the early six-point deficit, falling to Marist 16-10.


  • The freshmen led the game with Lomax recording a team-high three goals followed by Co ‘with two.
  • Zuanich, Woren, Appler, Hyham and Casey Malone each added one goal in the game.
  • Zuanich and Appler led the squad with a team-high two assists apiece.
  • Lomax also paced the Explorers defensively with a team-high three steals and one block.
  • Gurasich totaled six saves and three steals in net.
  • The Explorers went 0-4 in sprints.


  • LIU, St. Francis Brooklyn, Siena and Marist will make the trip to Kirk Pool next weekend to face the Explorers at home on Saturday, Apr. 2 and Sunday, Apr. 3.

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