WOMEN’S LACROSSE OPENS MAAC PLAY WITH 12-8 WIN OVER QUINNIPIAC
NEW HAVEN, CT- Monmouth University (3-7, 1-0 MAAC) outscored Quinnipiac (1-8, 0-1 MAAC) 5-0 in the final 17:20 to snap a three-game skid and open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play with a 12-8 win.
Senior Olivia Higson’s (Cheadle Hulme, England/Withington Girls’ School) goal with 8:40 left in the game broke an 8-8 tie and sparked a 3-0 run by the Hawks. Meanwhile the Monmouth defense, led by sophomore goalie Riley Brager (Reisterstown, MD/Roland Park School), kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the final 19:15 of the contest after QU took a lead by opening the second frame in explosive fashion.
Quinnipiac took its first lead of the game, 8-7, with an Allison Kuhn goal at the 19:15 mark of the second half. The Bobcats outscored Monmouth 5-1 over the first 11 minutes to overcome a 6-3 halftime deficit. The Hawks answered by locking Quinnipiac down defensively for the remainder of the game while scoring a trio of goals over a 2:07 span to take an 11-8 lead. The Hawks added a late goal to finish the day’s scoring at 12-8.
Monmouth took a 6-3 lead into halftime after building a 4-0 lead in the first six minutes of the opening half, including two goals from freshman Nicole Ceraso (Massapequa, NY/Plainedge). Quinnipiac cut the lead to 5-3 before freshman Allison Turturro (Sound Beach, NY/Miller Place) tallied the final goal of the half to give MU a three goal edge at the break.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“"The start of the MAAC season was exactly what we expected: highly competitive and exciting. We have had several games that have come down to the wire that haven't gone our way, but we never ever have up. Those experiences all paid off today when it got close in the second half." – Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent
"Both goalies played a tremendous game. Riley continues to get better and is becomes a strong leader back there for us. I'm very proud of our energy and execution in the second half. While we're happy with the outcome, we are now fully focused on Marist." – Ghent on the play of Riley Brager and the team’s second half effort
· The game was played at Yale’s Reese Stadium due to ongoing construction at Quinnipiac’s field
· The Hawks are now 4-0 all-time in MAAC openers, defeating Siena twice, Niagara and QU once
· Monmouth is now 19-5 all-time against the Bobcats
· MU is 17-7 in regular season games since joining the league in 2014
· Higson, who has scored in nine of 10 matches this year, scored three goals in the win
· The senior, who leads the team in goals scored, recorded her third game-winning goal of the year
· Brager finished with 12 saves in the win
· It was the third road win of the year for the Hawks
· Kate Ryan has now scored five goals in the last two games
· Seven different Bobcats scored with Allison Hlesciak the only QU player scoring more than once (2)
· QU goalie Kyle Larkin had 12 saves in the win as Quinnipiac led in shots 29-26
· Claudia LaMarca had three points with a goal and two assists in the win, she also had four DCs
· Monmouth committed 24 turnovers, compared to 19 for the Bobcats
· Sophomore defender Monica Cortes led MU with three caused turnovers and four ground balls
· Junior defender Mackenzie Rendich tallied her first career assist
Monmouth will host Marist next Saturday on Hesse Field at 1 PM. That game is slated to air on ESPN3.