HAWKS LATE COMEBACK AGAINST RUTGERS FALLS SHORT, 12-11
PISCATAWAY, NJ- Monmouth women’s lacrosse team (1-2) staged a late comeback against local rival Rutgers (1-1), scoring the games’ final five goals but ultimately fell 12-11 at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore goaltender Riley Brager (Reisterstown, MD/Roland Park) kept the Hawks in the game with a career-high 11 saves as Monmouth’s offense came alive in the second half, outscoring Rutgers 9-5 in the final frame. The Hawks, trailing 12-6 with just over seven minutes to play, launched a 5-0 run on a pair of goals each from Claudia LaMarca (West Long Branch, NJ/Shore) and Kate Ryan (Morton, PA/Springfield) with junior Caroline Corbliss (Marriottsville, MD/Marriotts Ridge) getting the Hawks to within one with 34 seconds left. The Scarlet Knights won the ensuing draw and were able to hold onto the ball ending the MU comeback attempt and snapping a two-game losing streak to the Hawks.
Trailing by five to start the half, Monmouth forced a turnover after the draw and senior Carly Sane (Clifton, VA/Centerville) beat RU goal Bianca Dente to cut the lead to 7-3 with almost 29 minutes to play in regulation. Brager and the MU defense kept Rutgers’ offense at bay for 11:50 of the second half before the Scarlet Knights tallied back to back goals over a two-minute period to take a 9-3 lead. Monmouth slashed the lead to 10-6 with a pair of goals within 23 seconds of each other, with just over 12 minutes to play.
Monmouth scored first for the third straight game with Nicole Ceraso (Massapequa/Plainedge) tallying a wrap-around goal to put the Hawks up 1-0 just 51 seconds into the game. The Scarlet Knights applied pressure in the offensive zone but Brager turned away a number of shots early. Turnovers in the midfield by the Hawks led to three consecutive RU goals and the Scarlet Knights led 3-1 at the halfway point of the first. Ceraso tallied her second goal of the half with 6:23 remaining to end a 23 minute scoring draught by the Hawks. The Scarlet Knights notched a pair of late goals to increase their lead to 7-2 at halftime.
NOTES & QUOTES
"I thought Rutgers came out ready to play from the first whistle. We struggled in the first half, leaving us playing catch up throughout the second half. It was good to see us be able to bounce back and make big plays when we had to, but coming up just short stings. We are moving on and looking forward to making improvements for our home opener on Wednesday." – Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent
· Monmouth’s defense forced a pair of shot clock violations
· Hawks are now 12-2 all-time against Rutgers, snapping a two-game win streak by Monmouth
· Senior captain Ashley Cross scored her first goal of the season on a feed from Alex Stambaugh to cut the lead to 10-5
· Coming into the match Monmouth had scored 31 goals through its first two games- the second most in school history
· LaMarca has now scored 8 goals and two career games against Rutgers
· In addition to her two second half goals, the redshirt senior had three caused turnovers and three ground balls
· Ceraso now leads the Hawks with 20 points through six games on 10 goals and 10 assists
· Four of Rutgers’ seven first half goals came off of Monmouth turnovers
· Brager had a career-high six saves at halftime
· Rutgers goalie Bianca Dente stopped eight of 10 Monmouth shots on goal in the first half
· Junior Caroline Corbliss had three consecutive in the second half that led to Monmouth goals
· Ceraso finished with a team high five points on three goals and two assists
· Rutgers held a 32-25 advantage in shots on goal, however 22 of Monmouth’s 25 shots were on goal
· Monmouth was whistled for 37 fouls compared to 16 for Rutgers
· MU was four-of-five on free position attempts while RU was five-of-13
Monmouth will play its first home game of the season on Wednesday when Bucknell comes to Hesse Field at 6 PM. It will be the first home night game in school history.