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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
Release: February 11, 2017
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WASHINGTON, DC- Monmouth University’s women’s lacrosse team (1-0) opened the 2017 season in dramatic fashion, defeating George Washington (0-1) 16-15 on an Olivia Higson (Cheadle Hulme, England/Withington Girls) goal with four seconds remaining in the contest.


Higson scored her third goal of the game with four seconds remaining to break a 15-15 tie and give Monmouth a season-opening win for the ninth time in school history and the first time since the 2015 season. The Hawks were paced by freshman Nicole Ceraso (Massapequa, NY/Plainedge) who had four goals and four assists in her debut for the Blue & White. Higson finished with five points on three goals and two assists while Preseason All-MAAC selection Alexa Smith (Westhampton Beach, NY/Westhampton Beach) also recorded a hat trick.


Monmouth had to erase a pair of deficits, including falling behind 9-6 in the first half which ballooned to 12-6 on Colonial Katie Quinn’s second goal at the 27:24 mark of the second frame. Higson jumpstarted a 6-0 run on a goal from Ceraso but it was junior Kate Ryan’s (Morton, PA/Springfield) unassisted marker with 11:31 to left to play that tied the game for the second time (first time since the 18:42 mark of the first half). Colonial Jocelyn Donohue tallied her third of the game to regain the lead for GW but back to back goals from Caroline Corbliss (Marriottsville, MD/Marriotts Ridge) and Smith gave the Hawks a 14-13 lead with 6:30 to play.


Smith’s third goal, coming off a feed from senior captain Ashley Cross (Great Falls, VA/Bishop O’Connell) put MU up 15-14 with 3:48 to play. Donohue would play spoiler again tying the game up with 23 seconds remaining. Monmouth freshman Megan Hart gathered the ensuing draw control and Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent promptly called a timeout setting up Higson’s heroics.


Notes and Quotes
"I'm proud of how we reacted to adversity. We played as a team and always kept pushing forward. Coach Coyne and her team showed a lot of fire power and will surely have successful season ahead of them." – MU Head Coach Eileen Ghent

"Our depth at each position really showed in the second half. Having two strong midfield lines and impactful subs on defense and offense allowed us to push the pace of the game and use our versatility to our advantage." - Ghent

"We had several people take the field for the first time as a Hawk. Nicole Ceraso, Ally Turturro, Megan Hart, and Steph Delliturri got in there and made an immediate impact.  We're excited for their future here." – Ghent

·         Monmouth has now won its opening game for the ninth time in school history

·         Monmouth is now 2-0 against George Washington, defeating the Colonials 14-7 last season

·         The Hawks were chosen second in the 2017 MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll

·         Smith was Monmouth’s lone selection on the preseason all-conference team

·         Ghent is now 1-1 in season openers and owns a 13-8 overall record

·         Megan Hart, Mackenzie Rendich, Riley Brager, Makenszie Putman and Nicole Ceraso made their first career starts for the Blue & White

Numbers Crunch

·         Five different Hawks had multiple goal games, including Corbliss with two and senior Alex Stambaugh with two

·         22 different Monmouth players saw action against the Colonials

·         Monmouth was 2-3 on free position goals, with all three attempts taken by Ceraso

·         The Hawks played 2 goalies with Brager and Stephanie Delleturri each making three saves

·         Monmouth outshot GWU 33-25, including 18-11 in the second half

·         GW committed 21 turnovers, compared to 16 for MU

·         Monmouth had eight caused turnovers, led by sophomore Monica Cortes’ three


Monmouth will head into Philadelphia for a 3 PM game against Temple on Wednesday, February 15

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