WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Monmouth University's women's lacrosse team fell to 0-2 on the season after dropping a 14-6 match to Delaware (1-1) Friday afternoon on Kessler Field.
"I loved how much we fought today, we were in the game but had too many turnovers," said Monmouth head coach Denise Wescott. "We worked the ball well and when we got shots off we were hitting. We gave the draw up a little bit in the second half but we just turned the ball over too many times. If we take care of the little things the scoreboard will change."
Junior Danielle Rakowitz (Montville, N.J./Montville) provided a spark off the bench for the Hawks, scoring a pair of goals late in the first half to cut what was a 5-1 Delaware lead to two at halftime. Sophomore Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead 48 seconds into the game when she beat Blue Hen goalie Alex Zaugra on a feed from Emily Barbieri (). From there Delaware controlled the action, scoring five consecutive goals, including two from Chelsea Fay to take a four-goal lead with eleven minutes and change left on the scoreboard.
It took Fay and the Blue Hens 20 seconds to get on the board in the second half but senior Cassie Campasano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip/Jacksonville) answered that goal four minutes later. The Blue Hens would outscored the Hawks 6-1 over the next 17 minute stretch, commanding a 12-5 lead with 5:35 to play. Monmouth's Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Central/RMU) scored with 3:48 but Delaware added two late goals to finish the scoring at 14-6.
The Hawks committed 26 turnovers, nine of which were unforced errors, compared to Delaware's 14 miscues.
MU goalie Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Catholic High School) made 10 saves in net, while Zaugra had eight saves in the win.
Monmouth, with freshman Kristina Vangeli (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) taking the draw, won 13 of 21 attempts and held a 7-2 advantage in draw controls in the first half. The Blue Hens held a 30-16 edge in ground balls while outshooting Monmouth 31-17 in the contest.
Stathius and Rakowitz led the Hawks with two goals each while Gibbons and Campasano scored the other two for the Blue & White.
Fay led all scorers with four goals, while Cailtin McCartney had three goals to go with a trio of caused turnovers in the win. Allison Hahn had four pointsi n the win, with two goals and two assists.
The Hawks return to the field on Sunday against defending Patriot League Champion Navy on Sunday. Game time is set for 12 p.m.