RAKOWITZ SCORES TWICE IN OT TO LIFT MU PAST SJU, 11-10
With time winding down, Monmouth found itself trailing 9-8 when senior Cassie Campasano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip/Jacksonville) took a feed from sophomore Michelle Gonzales (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) and beat SJU goalie Genevieve Giblin with seven seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. With 3:07 left in the first overtime Saint Joe’s pulled ahead on Kelly Phelan’s fourth goal of the night but Rakowitz answered 90 seconds later on a feed from Gonzales to even the score up.
MU netminder Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary) ensured the game would go into double overtime with a clutch save with time expiring. Donohoe would then go on to turn away two more shots in the double OT period, setting up Rakowitz’s heroics from the eight meter line with eight seconds left.
“It took our whole team to win today,” said MU Head Coach Denise Wescott. Our defense made some big plays when they needed to, Katie had a few great saves including a few in overtime. To have our offense score twice when they had to, to get us to overtime and then to send it into sudden victory was incredible. It is great to see Danielle (Rakowitz) finish it off with an eight meter, there was no hesitation, she was confident and just went at the goalie expecting to score. We made so many big plays, it was necessary for us to come out with a win in this one.”
Campasano, who finished shattering her career-highs with eight points on six goals and two assists, got the Monmouth Hawks off to a quick 4-1 lead just 22:08 into the game. Saint Joe’s answered with three straight goals over the next eight minutes to knot the game at 4-4. MU’s Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) regained the lead for the Blue & White but SJU ripped off three goals in a 2:04 span to take a 7-5 lead into halftime.
Monmouth rallied in the second half, outscoring Saint Joe’s 4-2 with Rakowitz scoring the first goal followed by three more by Campasano during the half, including the pivotal game-tying marker with seven seconds remaining in regulation.
Campasano led all scorers with eight points, while Gonzales’ four assists set a career best for the sophomore. Rakowitz finished with three goals, while freshman Claudia LaMarca (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional) scored the other tally for MU. Donohoe made nine saves, including two in double overtime for the win. Senior defender Kim McCormick (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) led a defense that allowed just three goals in the final 42 minutes of play. She finished with a pair of caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Phelan’s five goals led the SJU Hawks while fellow midfielder Julia Falcone had a pair of goals. Giblin made six saves in the loss as Monmouth was outshot 27-18 in the contest. Both teams were 1-of-3 from eight meter shots in the contest. Last season, Monmouth defeated Saint Joe’s in overtime 9-8.
Monmouth will play its first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game on Saturday when it travels to Siena (2-7) at 12 p.m.
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