Monmouth (4-5, 1-0 MAAC) scored eight unanswered goals to blow open a close game en route to a 14-8 victory over Siena (2-8, 0-1 MAAC) in the program’s first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon.
The two teams traded leads over the first 12 minutes of the game but Monmouth’s eight-goal run, sparked by Danielle Rakowitz
’s (Montville, N.J./Montville) game-tying goal at the 16:33 mark of the first half, gave the Hawks a commanding 13-4 lead halfway into the second half. During that span senior Stephanie Anderson
(Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) scored a season-high three goals, with Rakowitz scoring a pair of goals.
Siena’s Alyssa Treanor scored two of the Saints’ three consecutive goals to cut the MU lead to 13-6 with 14:40 to play but Monmouth would keep pace by scoring three more times to secure the final seven goal margin.
“I thought the two keys to today’s win were winning the draw and how patient the offense played. “Siena threw a number of different defensive looks at us and I thought the offense read them and created some good looks. Having 10 different players score today was huge. Siena is very aggressive and I thought we stepped up and handled that. Kristina [Vangeli] had six draw controls and that really helped us gain possession and get good looks on the offensive end of the field.”
The Saints ended up leading in shots, 27-26 but Katie Donohoe
(Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary) turned away eight shots for her fourth victory of the year. The Saints also held a 16-11 advantage in draw controls, however Monmouth’s defense caused seven of Siena’s 11 turnovers in the game.
Junior Allison Stathius
(Delran, N.J./Delran) led all players with a six points, including a career-high five assists. Anderson finished with a season-high four points, including a trio of goals. Rakowitz finished with three goals and three ground balls while senior Cassie Campasano
(West Islip, N.Y/West Islip/Jacksonville) and sophomore Michelle Gonzales
(Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) each notched a pair of goals. Freshman Julia Schrof
(Forest Hill, Md./North Harford), who scored her first career goal, was one of five Hawks with a lone goal. Monmouth was 3-for-4 on free position goals in the contest.
Treanor and Maddie Devine scored a pair of goals in the loss, as the two Siena goalies combined for six saves.
Monmouth looks to extend its three game winning streak on Wednesday when old conference foe Quinnipiac comes to West Long Branch for a 3 p.m. tilt.