NEWARK, Del.- Monmouth University’s (1-5) women’s lacrosse team fell to The University of Delaware (6-3) by a score of 12-6 at a rain soaked Delaware Stadium on Wednesday night.
Despite the best efforts of MU junior goaltender Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary School), who finished with 10 saves and two caused turnovers, Monmouth’s 20 turnovers limited offensive opportunities eventually leading to the six-goal loss.
“I think we were compatible with them, so it is nice to see we can compete with teams in the top 30,” said MU Head Coach Denise Wescott. “The disappointment is that we haven’t won a game like this against a team like this yet. Offensively, we looked good in the first half but we don’t have the confidence and the poise to continue to score in the second half against teams of this caliber quite yet. I think Katie had a great game, she had so many big saves for us in the cage. Our defense did a nice job of taking away open cutters off ball, I think that took them out of their game plan a little. We just need to build more confidence so we can handle competing against teams like Delaware. We also need to limit turnovers.”
The Blue Hens blew open a two goal halftime lead with four goals in the second half to take a 8-4 lead. Monmouth freshman Claudia LaMarca (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional) accounted for the lone MU goal over that span, which lasted the first 18 minutes of the second frame. Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) got the Hawks to within three on her free position shot that beat Blue Hen netminder Tori Zorovich. From there Delaware ripped off three straight goals, including Caitlin McCartney’s fourth of the game to put her squad up11-6 with 4:23 remaining. Each team added a goal in the final two minutes of play to finish the scoring at 12-6.
The first half was a defensive battle with four of the seven opening frame goals coming in the final 8:12
of the period. Monmouth struck first on an unassisted Stathius goal at the 26:53 mark before Blue Hen Shannon Hawley tied the match up two minutes later. Delaware pulled ahead on a Kara Dattellas marker with 17:53 showing on the clock. Senior Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) then knotted the game up with 8:12 to play on a feed from senior Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Central/Robert Morris). Delaware scored two straight to go ahead 4-2 with 2:12 left in the half but LaMarca took the ensuing draw and drove to the cage, scoring her fourth goal of the season just before the half.
The Hawks committed 20 turnovers compared to 14 for the Blue Hens. Delaware owned a 27-18 advantage in shots while collecting 13 draws compared to Monmouth’s seven.
LaMarca and senior Danielle Rakowitz (Montville, N.J./Montville) each scored twice for the Blue & White. Stathius finished with two points on a goal and an assist while collecting three ground balls. Defender Gracie Williams (Reston, Va./Herndon) had a trio of ground balls and a caused turnover in the contest.
McCartney finished with five points, her fifth consecutive game with five points or more. Midfielder Casey Lyons also had five points with twogoals and thee helpers while Hawley and Dattellas each had a pair of goals. Zorovich finished with five saves on the night.
Monmouth returns home on Saturday to face Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed in high definition on Hawkvision.