WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Four different players scored as the Monmouth University field hockey team cruised past Towson, 4-0, Sunday afternoon on So Sweet A Cat Field. The Blue and White outshot the Tigers 26-5 and held a 12-3 advantage in penalty corner opportunities as it improves to 2-5 on the year, while Towson falls to 1-7 this season.
“Today was a great team effort,” commented head coach Carli Figlio following the victory. “We finally started to really gel together as we used every single lineup to attack and every line to defend. Now we need to be able to take that next step and execute on our corners and our opportunities in the circle, but overall today was a huge step for us.”
The Blue and White controlled the game from the opening whistle as it outshot Towson 16-0 and earned eight penalty corner opportunities in the opening half. The Hawks finally broke through in the 33rd minute as senior Trish O'Dwyer (Dublin, Ireland/Loreto Beaufort) dribbled the ball along the right side to the baseline where she cut in towards the goal mouth and sent a low shot inside the right post past Tigers’ keeper Megan Boyle for a 1-0 advantage.
The Hawks continued the attack a minute later when junior Hannah Loux (Souderton, Pa./Christopher Dock Mennonite) collected a loose ball in the circle and connected with her first career goal to send the Hawks into half with a two goal lead.
Sam Zelenack registered Towson’s first shot of the game in the 40th minute, but MU’s junior goalkeeper Amanda Westerweller (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) stacked her pads to keep the Tigers off the board.
Senior Alex Carroll (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) sent a feed into the circle in the 57th minute that caromed off a Towson defender’s stick to junior Amanda Schoenfeld (West Sayville, N.Y./Connetquot), who spun and sent a shot to the back of the cage for her second marker of the season.
The Hawks capped off their scoring with six minutes remaining in regulation on a set penalty corner play. Freshman Alyssa Ercolino (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional) sent a feed to Carroll along the left side where she sent low shot to the far post that was deflected in by freshman Casey Hanna (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) for her first career goal.
For the game, O’Dwyer led the team with 10 shots, six of which reached target, while Loux and Carroll each registered four shots.
“To have four different player score is fantastic,” added Figlio. “It definitely is a strength to have different players capitalize on offensive opportunities. Being able to build off that is going to make it very difficult for opponents to defend us.”
Westerweller made two saves to register her first career shutout, while Boyle, in her second career start, turned away nine MU shots in defeat.
Monmouth returns to action on Friday, September 27th as it travel to future MAAC opponent Fairfield for a 3 p.m. game, before returning home to take nationally-ranked Delaware at 1 p.m. on Sunday.