WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.-
Monmouth University's women's lacrosse team
qualified for the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament on Friday after
dispatching rival Mount St. Mary's 11-6 on Kessler Field.
The Hawks, 7-10 6-3 NEC, used a complete team effort to defeat Mount, who also
owns a 7-10 and 6-3 league record. The Hawks were led offensively by senior Olivia
Salata (Broomall, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and Alex Marino
N.J./Freehold Twp.), each who registered five points in the win. The Hawks were
accurate with the ball, putting 18 of 21 shots on net and holding Mount to just
"This was probably the best I've seen our team play overall," said MU Head
Coach Denise Wescott
. "Our offense settled and got good looks. They took great
shots and moved the ball well together along with doing a a tremendous job
tackling back. I thought some of the
turnovers we created early created goals for us. Our midfield ran the field
well and put pressure on them. Defensively, we did a nice job handling their
MU expanded its lead to 6-1 on a pair of Sam Lillo
(Short Hills, N.J./Milburn)
goals, but Mount got those two back with two consecutive scores within 85
seconds of one another. After Coach
Wescott called a timeout the Hawks regained their composure, scoring two
straight to push the lead to 8-3. The two teams traded goals over the remaining
13 minutes, with MU coming out on top 11-6.
After almost 20 scoreless minutes, Monmouth senior Lynn White
N.Y./Deer Park) got the Hawks on the board, beating Mount goalie Brigid
McTavish one on one. Two minutes later Marino tallied an unassisted goal at the
8:44 mark to put the Hawk ahead 2-0. The MU lead swelled to 3-0 after a Salata goal
with 5:40 to play before Mount's Erin Seipp cut the lead to 3-1 with 1:40 to
play, capitalizing off a MU turnover in the midfield. Lillo notched the final
score of the half, putting MU up 4-1 going into halftime.
Monmouth, who has now won three straight, got five saves from goalie Katie
Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary School), who seemed to make
clutch stops when the Hawks needed them most.
Marino finished with three goals and two assists, while Salata had one goal and
four helpers. Lillo scored a trio of goals while gaining a team-high four draw
controls. Defensively, junior Gianna D'Urso
(Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) had
three draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Seip led Mount with a pair of goals. Senior goalie Brigid McTavish had seven
saves in the game as MU outshot Mount 21-18. Monmouth now leads the series 18-8
The Hawks, the third seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament, will face second-seeded Quinnipiac on Friday at Sacred Heart.