WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.-
Monmouth University’s (1-3) women’s lacrosse team broke into the win column with a 13-4 dismantling of Wagner (2-3) Saturday afternoon at Kessler Field.
The Blue & White led bell to bell in the match, sprinting out to a 8-0 lead at halftime. Three Hawks scored a trio of goals in the win. Monmouth, which is now 18-0 all-time against their former conference rivals, scored one more goal against the Seahawks than it had in its previous three games combined.
"We were really hungry for a win," said Head Coach Denise Wescott
. "We worked well together and i think we went after the ball a lot harder today. We fought for the draw a little bit more, I thought we handled their pressure in the midfield to get the ball up the field and our attack woke up today. Defensively we really tried to focus on #1 and #9, they are pretty strong drivers and I thought our team did a great job sliding to them. I thought our defense played very well just working together keeping their drivers off the goal cage. Katies a good goalie, she made some really great saves too."
The Hawks rattled off four goals in the opening five minutes of the game, including a pair of goals from senior Stephanie Anderson
(Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers). MU senior Danielle Rakowitz
(Montville, N.J./Montville) got the scoring going at the 28:35 mark after taking a feed from junior Emily Barbieri
(Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic). Anderson, Rakowitz and junior midfielder Allison Stathius
(Delran, N.J./Delran) each scored three goals to lead the Hawks to their first win.
Freshman Alexandra Stambaugh
(Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) put Monmouth up 5-0 with her first collegiate marker and the Hawks would score three more times before the break to take a 8-0 lead into halftime. Monmouth’s lead ballooned to 10-0 after freshman Claudia LaMarca
’s (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional) second goal of the game which was followed up by Marial Pierce
’s (Middleburg, Va./St. John’s Catholic Prep) free position goal with 22:50 left. Wagner’s Jessica Roberts scored unassisted to finally get the Seahawks on the board with 18:30 remaining in regulation. The trio of Stathius, Anderson and Rakowitz would score three more times in the final 16 minutes of the game while Wagner would get the score no closer than 11-3 with Shea Gegan’s goal with 13:35 showing on the scoreboard.
Monmouth’s defense did an outstanding job, led by Katie Donohoe
’s (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Catholic Secondary) 12 saves while sophomore Eva Irwin
(Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) had two caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls on the day. Monmouth outshot Wagner 30-25, including 20-7 in the first 30 minutes of play. Stathius filled the stat sheet with two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers to go along with her trio of goals. As a team, the Hawks were 4-of-8 for free position attempts.
Gegan led Wagner with two points on a goal and an assist while netminder Shannon Sweeney had 10 saves in the loss. Draw controls were tied at 9-9 while Wagner had just one more turnover than the Hawks at 18.
Next up, Monmouth will face No. 11 Towson on March 15 at Unitas Stadium. Hawkvision subscribers can watch the game for free by logging in normally on GoMUHawks.com.
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