MOON, Pa.- Monmouth University’s women’s lacrosse team won its fourth straight contest in convincing fashion with a 14-3 dismantling of Robert Morris Friday afternoon.
The Hawks, who have won six of their last seven matches, evened their record at 6-6 and remained undefeated in Northeast Conference play (4-0) with the win.
“More than anything, I am so proud of the way we played today, we played with a lot of composure,” said head coach Denise Wescott. “It started with us getting the draw, Kristina did a great job getting possession for us. We ran the fast break well, Marial and Cassie finished some of our fast breaks, which was great. Our defense played very well, Katie had a lot of saves and our defense put a lot of pressure on their drives. We did a great job shutting them down. Overall it was a great team effort, we won because we worked together today.”
Freshman Marial Pierce (Middleburg, Va./St. John’s Catholic) led all scorers with a career-high five points, including four goals and an assist. Sophomore netminder Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary School) had a season-high 13 saves as the MU defense allowed a mere three goals, its lowest of the season.
Monmouth took control of the game from the start, with senior Cassie Campasano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip/Jacksonville) scoring just 19 seconds into the action. Pierce added a goal two minutes later to give Monmouth a 2-0 lead before the Hawks rattled off three goals in a three minute span, including one more from Pierce and Campasano and one from sophomore Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) who finished with two goals and an assist on the day. Monmouth pushed the lead to 7-0 before RMU’s Talia Waskowicz scored for the Colonials at the 7:14 mark. The Hawks took an 8-1 lead into intermission when Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Central/RMU) fed freshman Michelle Gonzales (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) with 1:57 to play in the half.
Robert Morris tallied the first two goals of the second half in an attempt to come back but Monmouth scored six unanswered goals in the final 16 minutes of the game for the 14-3 win.
In addition to her five points, Pierce had three ground balls, three caused turnovers and three draw controls. Campasano had two ground balls to add to her three goals.
The Hawks held a 27-23 advantage in shots while each team committed 16 turnovers. MU was 3-of-5 on free position attempts while RMU was 0-for-4.
Monmouth is now 7-2 all-time against RMU, avenging last year’s one goal loss to the Colonials on Kessler Field.
The Hawks look to win their fifth straight match on Sunday against Saint Francis University at 12 p.m. in Loretto, Pa.