DEDHAM, Mass. – In the season opener for both teams, the Monmouth University field hockey squad came up just short, falling 2-1 in overtime at No. 15 Northeastern, Friday night at Dedham Field. Senior Alex Carroll (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional), a preseason All-MAAC selection, scored the lone goal for the Hawks, who took a nationally ranked program into overtime for the first time in program history.
“We played extremely well tonight and we fought hard for each ball,” said seventh-year head coach Carli Figlio. “Northeastern is a great team and we were able to interchange some lines and get some opportunities, but we need to execute and finish plays in the circle.”
Monmouth’s attack poured it on in the final three minutes of the opening half, earning four-straight penalty corners. With 68 seconds remaining, Alyssa Ercolino (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional), who made her collegiate debut after sitting out last season, inserted the corner to transfer Melanie Dawson (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional/UNC) at the top the circle. The junior stopped the pass, pushed it forward where Carroll blasted a shot past a sprawling Becky Garner for her 23rd career tally and a 1-0 lead which MU brought into the break.
Northeastern did not wait long to tie the score as Emmy Zweserijn took shot from the top of the circle 2:01 into the second half to knot the score at 1-1. Halfway through the first overtime session, Vanessa Pryor carried the ball into the circle after using a quick start following a foul in the attacking zone and fired a low shot past Monmouth’s junior goalkeeper, Amanda Westerweller (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) for the game-winner.
Carroll led the Hawks offensively, firing seven shots, five of which reached target, while senior Trish O'Dwyer (Dublin, Ireland/(Loreto Beaufort) and junior Amanda Schoenfeld (West Sayville, N.Y./Connetquot) each fired three shots. Dawson and junior Hannah Loux (Souderton, Pa./ Christopher Dock Mennonite), who made her first career start, both registered a pair of shots.
Westerweller, getting her second career starting nod, made a career-high seven saves, while Garner also turned away seven shots.
For the game, the Blue and White outshot the Huskies, 17-14, and held a slight 8-7 advantage in penalty corners.
Monmouth will travel to East Lansing, Michigan for a pair of contests at Michigan State next weekend. On Friday, September 6th, the Hawks will take on Kent State, before taking on the Spartans on September 8th.
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