The Monmouth University women’s lacrosse team fell to # 8 Navy, 12-6 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament First Round on Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. MU ends its season at 13-7, while Navy, which improves to 19-1, will take on the winner of Duke and Princeton on Sunday afternoon in Annapolis, Md.
Monmouth was led by Sam Savona (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty), who added three points and two goals on the day. Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Catholic Secondary) made ten saves and picked up six ground balls in goal for Monmouth. The Hawks trailed just 6-4 at the half and cut the Navy lead to just one on three separate occasions in the first half, getting contributions from four different players in the period.
“I was proud of how hard we fought,” said Monmouth Head Coach Denise Wescott. “We worked really hard to get the ball and played right with them in the first half. In the second half we gave up too many draws, which gave them possession. We had some good looks but hit the post and their goalie made some good saves.”
MU got the scoring started early, as Marial Pierce (Middleburg, Va./St. John’s Catholic Prep) converted on a spin move in front just 1:21 into the contest. Navy would answer with three consecutive goals to open up a 3-1 lead, netting all three in a span of 1:40. Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) came back down and converted for the Hawks to make it a 3-2 game, making a move to get out in front of the cage and slipping one into the net. Navy opened up two goal leads on three separate occasions in the first half, but Monmouth battled twice to cut it to one on goals from Cassie Campasano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and Savona, who took a perfect feed from Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Central) to convert. The Mids would add a goal with seven seconds remaining in the first half, as Loren Generi finished on one to put Navy up 6-4 at the break.
The Mids made a run to start the second half with Jasmine DePompeo assisting on three straight goals. The Mids put home six straight in the half, getting markers from four different players. Aimee Gennaro and Generi each scored twice during the stretch to open up a 12-4 Navy lead. Navy goalkeeper Annie Foky along with the Mids defenders combined to hold Monmouth to just two goals in the second half, coming back-to-back from Savona and Pierce just 59 seconds apart. Both MU goals in the second half were assisted by Emily Barbieri (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic).
MU forced nine Navy turnovers in the second half, but were outshot 33-15 on the day. Navy picked up 20 ground balls to Monmouth’s 14, and the Mids controlled 12 draws compared to eight for the Hawks.
Navy got three goals apiece from Generi, Gennaro, and Kathy Young. DePompeo added a goal and five assists, and Gennaro pitched in with six ground balls.
Monmouth, which captured it’s second consecutive Northeast Conference title in 2013, finished the season with a 13-7 record, including a perfect mark in NEC play.