Box ScoreWEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.
- In its 2014 season finale, which wrapped up Monmouth University's first campaign of Division I men's lacrosse, all 10 points were accounted for by freshmen, as Chris Daly
(Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion) and Eric Berger
(Ardsley, Pa./Penn Charter) totaled five goals for the Hawks in an 11-6 loss to Detroit on Saturday afternoon.
Daly, who also added an assist, notched a team-high three goals for the Hawks, while Berger posted his third two-goal game in the last four contests. Dan Bloodgood
(Jackson, N.J./Freehold Township) notched the other goal for MU, while Tyler Keen
(Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West), Kevin Osback (Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn) and Colin Reilly
(Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) each tallied assists.
"Today was another one of those games where I'm certainly proud of our effort and we played really hard until the end," stated head coach Brian Fisher
. "If you look at the stats and you catch five or six minutes of the game you can say to yourself 'wow, that team is pretty good and how do they lose". But some breakdowns and a couple runs by them gave them the separation they needed today. We tip our caps to them for taking advantage of those opportunities."
Detroit opened the scoring on the first of Shayne Adams' game-high six goals at 11:49 of the first quarter, before the Hawks responded with Berger' 10th career goal off a feed from Daly two minutes later. MU grabbed a 2-1 lead with 5:20 left in the quarter as Daly ripped a shot on net off an assist from Osback.
The Titans answered with a pair of scores in the final three minutes of the period to hold a 3-2 edge, while Adams scored all four goals of the second to put Detroit in front 7-2 at the half.
The Blue & White outscored Detroit 3-1 in the third quarter to trail 8-5 through three sessions, as Berger scored unassisted to open the frame, while Daly notched his second of the day off a feed from Reilly, his first career point for the Hawks. Daly's unassisted tally with a minute remaining made the score 8-5.
Detroit responded with three straight scores to open the final stanza and took an 11-5 advantage with 5:31 remaining, before Bloodgood's 12th goal of the year, off an assist from Keen, with 2:51 showing, accounted for the final score.
Monmouth outshot Detroit 43-30 in the contest, which included a 28-13 edge in the first half.
Freshman Nick Hreshko
(Warrington, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) made a pair of saves in goal in the first half for the Hawks, while junior Garrett Conaway (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty/Essex-Howard CC) made six stops in the second half. Detroit goalkeeper Jason Weber made 18 saves for the Titans.
Fisher added, "We will continue to learn, improve and get better from this. The future will be very bright for us."
On the day, the program celebrated its first-ever Senior Day, honoring Mike Fedele
(Howell, N.J./Howell) and Greg Ratner
(Hightstown, N.J./Hightstown) in a pregame ceremony.
The Hawks end their first season of competition, with 32 freshmen on the roster, 0-13 overall and 0-6 in the MAAC.@MUMen_sLacrosse -- @MUHawks