WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.-
Monmouth University fell to 0-3 on the season with a 12-6 setback to Lafayette (2-2) at home on Wednesday afternoon.
The Leopards, led by Laura Klieber and Carlianne McCabe’s three goals apiece, took an early 3-0 lead in the first half en route to victory. The Hawks would make it interesting climbing to within one in the first half but would not be able to tie it up over the final 30 minutes.
“The little things hurt us today,” said Monmouth Head Coach Denise Wescott. “Things like giving up 8 meter shots, throwing the ball away too much, not finishing some of our shooting opportunities, and being called for a few yellow cards. We gave Lafayette too many chances on our mistakes and those little things cost us an opportunity to win.”
Klieber started up the scoring for the Leopards with her unassisted marker at the 26:28 mark. The senior followed that goal up with another 36 seconds later and Lafayette built a 2-0 lead. The Leopard lead expanded to 3-0 with a free position goal by Carlianne McCabe with 24:01 left in the half. Monmouth broke into the scoring column on a Emily Barbieri (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic) goal which was fed by captain Cassie Campasano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip/Jacksonville). Klieber scored her third goal to give the Leopards a three-goal advantage but back to back goals from Marial Pierce (Middleburg, Va./St. John’s Catholic Prep) and Meaghan Hess (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens) cut the lead to 4-3 with 8:31 left in the first frame. Lafayette added two goals in the final 2:09 to take a 6-3 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break Lafayette’s McCabe scored 90 seconds into the period but less than a minute later Barbieri scored her second goal of the game to keep the margin at three. Leopard Kirsten Wilhelmsen put the game out of reach with back to back goals over a three minute period as Lafayette led 9-4. MU senior Danielle Rakowitz (Montville, N.J./Montville) and junior Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) would add goals in the final nine minutes as would three different Leopards to finish the scoring at 12-6.
Barbieri, Stahius and Pierce each finished with two points for the Blue & White. Pierce also had three ground balls and two draw controls on the afternoon. Monmouth committed 14 turnovers in the contest and went 1-6 on free position attempts. Lafayette held a 28-21 advantage in shots while MU netminder Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Catholic Seminary) had a season-high 12 saves in net. The Leopards committed nine turnovers and went 3-of-6 from on 8 meter shots.
The Hawks will have a 10 day layoff before returning to host Wagner at 1 p.m. on March 8.