EASTON, Pa.- Lafayette's (6-4, 0-1 PL) women's lacrosse team used seven unanswered goals at the start of the second half to top Monmouth (1-7) 15-9 in Easton on Tuesday night.
"I think tonight we got outplayed," said Head Coach Denise Wescott. "Their attack outplayed ours, their goalie outplayed ours and we had too many yellow cards."
Senior Lynn White (Deer Park, N.J./Deer Park) scored the last goal of the first half and the first goal of the second half to cut Lafayette's lead to just one, 6-5, with 29:01 to play in the game. Just under three minutes later Leopard Ana White launched the start of a Lafayette scoring barrage that would last 12 minutes and push their lead to 13-5. During the 7-0 run, senior Addie Godfrey scored three of her team-high six goals with Erin Steele scoring a pair also. Senior Erica Abendschoen (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) stopped the Lafayette run with an unassisted marker at the 13:49 mark and the Hawks would go on to close the gap to 13-7 with a shot from sophomore Danielle Rakowitz (Montville, N.J./Montville). Each team scored twice more in the final five-plus minutes as Lafayette secured the 15-9 win.
Monmouth found itself down 6-2 in the first half before freshman Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) and White scored back to back goals in the final 5:13 to cut the halftime deficit to 6-4.
While MU dominated much of the stat sheet, Lafayette took advantage of a number of Hawk miscues, including going 3-of-4 on free position shots, scoring on four man-up opportunities and holding a 15-9 advantage in draw controls. Leopard goaltender had 13 saves in 55 minutes of work in the cage.
MU junior defender Gianna D'Urso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) had a season-high five caused turnovers and two draw controls. In all, the Hawks were credited with forcing 10 of Lafayette's 27 turnovers. White and Rakowitz led the Hawks with a pair of goals each, while White had four ground balls. Freshman goalie Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary School) made three saves in the contest.
Godfrey finished with six goals while Erin Steele recorded three more for the Leopards.
Monmouth hosts Saint Francis University in the Northeast Conference opener on Friday at Kessler Field at 3 p.m.