WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – In its regular season home finale, the Monmouth University field hockey team fell to Rider, 4-1, Friday afternoon on So Sweet A Cat Field. The Hawks, who received their lone goal from senior Trish O'Dwyer (Dublin, Ireland/Loreto Beaufort), fall to 6-11 on the year and 3-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action, while the Broncs improve to 13-5 overall and 5-1 in league play and claim at least a share of the MAAC Regular Season Title. With one remaining spot in the MAAC Tournament still available, the Hawks will need to win their regular season finale Sunday at Robert Morris to earn a berth in postseason play. The league championship will be held on Rider’s campus in Lawrenceville, N.J., November 8-9.
Rider opened the scoring 10 minutes into regulation when Rachel Ippolite connected off a Carlota Alsina feed on a corner play to give the Broncs a 1-0 lead. The Hawks answered in the 28th minute as a hard pass into the circle by Melanie Dawson (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional/UNC) reached the stick of O’Dwyer, who redirected the ball past Rider’s goalkeeper Joelle Prettyman for her 10th goal of the season which evened the score at 1-1.
Rider retaliated 21 seconds later when Kalyn O’Brien knocked in her own rebound to give the Broncs a lead it would never relinquish. Laura McCormick connected on a goal in the 32nd minute and Nicole Hareau scored with time expired in the first half, both off corner plays, to put Rider ahead, 4-1, at the break.
Monmouth, which outshot Rider 6-3 and held a 5-2 edge in penalty corner opportunities in the second half, could not find the back of the cage as Prettyman made all four of her saves in the final 35 minutes.
Senior Alex Carroll (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) record a team-high three shots in the game, while freshman Alyssa Ercolino (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional) and O’Dwyer both registered two shots apiece.
Junior Amanda Westerweller (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel), who earned the start, made a save in nearly 28 minutes of play, while senior Teresa Mathews (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) turned away a shot in 42 minutes of action. Ali Askinas (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) posted her third defensive save of the season, pushing away a shot from Hareau off a corner play in the second half.
For the game, Rider outshot the Blue and White 14-9 and held an 11-7 advantage in corner chances.
The Hawks’ game against the Colonials is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday.
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