Twice Monmouth University’s (1-4) women’s lacrosse team closed to within a goal on 11th
ranked Towson University (3-4) but the Hawks could not overcome a second half offensive surge by the Tigers on Saturday, eventually falling 13-5.
"Thought we played well especially in the first half," said Wescott. "The team stuck to our game plan and the attack worked the ball to create some good shots. Our biggest problem was to many turnovers which created some goals for Towson."
Towson sprinted out to a 4-1 lead early in the first before Monmouth was able to close the gap to one on a Stephanie Anderson
(Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) goal with 2:04 remaining in the period. Tiger Taylor Moore scored her seventh goal of the season to give Towson a 5-3 lead at the half. Towson wasted little time in the second Frame adding to their margin, taking an 8-3 lead before Emily Barbieri
(Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic) was able to get one for the Hawks with 23:14 remaining. Anderson scored her second marker of the game on a free position less than four minutes later but Towson scored five unanswered to finish off the game, including four consecutive off the stick of Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Co-Player of the Year Ashleigh Rohrback.
Junior netminder Katie Donohoe
(Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary) kept the Hawks in the game early with a pair of nice saves but Towson’s Alyssa Ferro broke the scoreless contest open with a free position goal with 26:16 left in the first. The Tigers then added another goal at the 21:30 mark. Senior Cassie Campsano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) cut the lead to 2-1 with 14:49 left in the first but Towson dialed up two more goals before Anderson cut the lead to one once again late in the period.
Donohoe finished with nine saves and six ground balls as Monmouth was outshot by a 37-19 margin. The Hawks and Tigers split the draw controls at 10-10 but MU committed 20 costly turnovers, compared to 11 for Towson. Campasano and Anderson each had a pair of goals while Barbieri finished with two points on a goal and an assist.
Rorhback had five goals all day while Andi Raymond led every player with six points on two goals and four assists. Tiger goaltender Kesley Donnelly had six saves in the win.
The Hawks are back on the road Wednesday, March 19 when MU faces another CAA opponent in the Delaware Blue Hens at 6 p.m. in Newark.