WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Senior Trish O'Dwyer (Dublin, Ireland/Loreto Beaufort) and junior Amanda Schoenfeld (West Sayville, N.Y./Connetquot) each registered their fourth goal of the season as the Monmouth University field hockey team defeated Delaware, 2-1, Sunday afternoon on So Sweet A Cat Field. With the win, the Hawks improve to 3-6 on the year, while the Blue Hens, who were ranked as high as 16th in the Penn Monto/NFHCA National Coaches Poll this season, fall to 6-3.
“Our focus coming into today’s game was giving 100-percent for a full 70 minutes and I think we accomplished that really well,” stated head coach Carli Figlio. “It was important for us to start strong and immediately attack against a good team like Delaware. We really showed ourselves what we are capable of as we move closer to conference play.”
The Hawks broke the ice in the 20th minute on a penalty corner set piece. Freshman Alyssa Ercolino (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional) delivered an entry pass to Alex Carroll (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) along the left side. The senior then dished off to the opposite wing to O’Dwyer who sent a shot past Delaware’s keeper Sarah Scher for a 1-0 advantage.
The Blue Hens evened the score nearly five minutes into the second half when Esmee Peet finished a feed from Kasey Prettyman just over MU’s goalkeeper Amanda Westerweller’s (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) right pad.
Schoenfeld, who has a goal in the last three games, connected on her first game-winning goal of the season in the 49th minute. Junior Hannah Loux (Souderton, Pa./Christopher Dock Mennonite) sent a backhanded pass into the circle to the stick to Schoenfeld. The forward then swept the ball toward the far post for her 12th career marker.
Loux nearly added an insurance goal for the Blue and White with four minutes left in regulation. Senior Ali Askinas (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) sent a pass behind Delaware’s backline to Loux who was one-on-one with Scher. The junior settled the ball and sent a shot near side that rang off the post, keeping it a one-goal game.
For the second consecutive game, Westerweller made eight saves in cage. Scher turned away five shots in the loss.
Delaware held a 16-10 advantage in shots, but the Hawks earned three more penalty corner opportunities than the Blue Hens (8-5).
Monmouth will take on No. 5 Syracuse next week at 2 p.m. in New York its lone game of the week.