WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Monmouth senior Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Central) tallied an unassisted goal with 6:21 left in regulation to break a 9-9 tie and give the Hawks (5-5, 2-0 MAAC) a 10-9 win over rival Quinnipiac (1-8, 1-1 MAAC) on Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ve had this huge rivalry for years with them, it has always been a great rivalry and I knew they weren’t going to roll over,” said Monmouth Head Coach Denise Wescott. “In the second half, they came up with draw a little bit and got good shots off and put pressure on us. Our offense was still working the ball well and got some quality shots but they just didn’t go in. Most teams have started everyone now and they focus on our better players and we’re having role players step up and score. It takes all seven to be able to put the ball in the cage. We’ve been working at having the whole team help us win and you saw that today towards the end of the game.”
Monmouth, which shot out to a 8-2 lead in the first half, took a 9-3 lead with 26:39 left in the second half on freshman Claudia LaMarca’s (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional) second goal of the game. From there the Bobcats controlled the action, scoring six unanswered goals over an 11 minute stretch to knot the game at 9-9 with 7:45 to play. Gibbons regained the lead for the Hawks 1:24 later when she drove the left side of the cage and beat Quinnipiac netminder Samantha Tilts low. Monmouth was able to create a late turnover and allowed just one more shot (which was saved by MU goalie Katie Donohoe ) as the Hawks were able to run out the clock for the win.
“Kaleigh helped us settle in earlier in the game and I felt that she could handle their pressure and help us move the ball and get a shot off,” said Wescott. “Here she is, we swept to her and she drove and hit the far post, it was a great shot.”
Monmouth, winners of four straight, have won three consecutive matches against Quinnipiac and owns the overall series advantage 16-5.
MU went down 2-1 at the 23:43 mark but went on a 6-0 run, capped by Stephanie Anderson’s (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) second goal of the half, to take a 7-2 commanding lead. The Monmouth defense held Quinnipiac scoreless for 21:46 before Kyra Ochwat scored on a free position attempt with 1:57 remaining in the half. The Hawks outshot the Bobcats 17-8 in the first half and won nine out of 11 draw controls, including sophomore Kristina Vangeli’s (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) five. Anderson and freshman Kendall Lutts (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg) each scored twice for Monmouth as they built the four goal advantage.
Donohoe had seven saves, including five in the second half to go along with a season-high three caused turnovers and four ground balls. In addition to two goals for LaMarca, the freshman had a career-high five ground balls. Fellow freshman Alexandra Stambaugh (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) had a goal and an assist with a pair of ground balls. Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) had a goal and an assits, three ground balls, a caused turnover and a draw control.
The Hawks outshot Quinnipiac 31-20 and held a 14-7 edge on draw controls. The Hawks were 2-of-4 on 8 meter shots while the Bobcats were 0-for-2. Quinnipiac’s Tilts had 10 saves in the loss while Kyra Ochwat led the Bobcats with two goals and two assists. Kelly Babstock scored twice as did QU’s Shana Maglio. Defender Kelsey Maroney had three caused turnovers and four ground balls in the contest.
Monmouth celebrates its six seniors on Saturday when the Hawks host Niagara at 12 PM at Monmouth Stadium.