CANISIUS OVERPOWERS MONMOUTH
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Canisius College (9-4, 4-0 MAAC) overpowered Monmouth (4-9, 2-2 MAAC) 18-3 on Saturday afternoon, with three players scoring four goals for the Golden Griffins.
The six-time reigning regular season champion Golden Griffins remained undefeated in conference play with the win over the Hawks, who dropped their second straight league game.
The two teams remained scoreless for almost eight minutes of the first half, with MU goalie Riley Brager (Reisterstown, MD/Roland Park Country) keeping the Hawks in it with four early saves. Canisius’ Ashley Bull scored with 22:21 and sparked a 7-0 run over the next 15 minutes before Olivia Higson (Cheadle Hulme, England/Withington Girls’ School) scored for the Hawks at the 7:38 mark. Sophomore Tessa Chad scored her third of the four goals with 50 seconds left to give Canisius a 8-1 lead going into the break.
Canisius’ Jen Reininger scored three straight to open the second half as Canisius’ lead ballooned to 17-1. Monmouth scored two of the final three goals in the game.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“The most important part of the season is still ahead of us, and we need to do it together. We have a week to prepare and work on what we need to improve, which is the draw and our stick skill before Niagara.” Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent on the message to the team going forward
“The extra possession that they got off the draw led to extra opportunities for their offense. A team like Canisius you can’t give extra opportunities to because they will finish. Ashley Bull, who was injured for them last season, she has made a tremendous impact for them on the draw.” Eileen Ghent
· Canisius is 7-0 all-time against Monmouth
· Brager now has 108 saves on the season through 13 games
· Canisius controlled the draw, winning 19 of the 21, including all 11 in the second half
· Canisius held a 35-16 advantage in shots
· Monmouth was whistled for 38 fouls, Canisius 14
· Canisius was 6-11 on free position, Monmouth was 0-3
· Bull had three goals and 12 draw controls in the contest
· Brager finished with 10 saves in the contest
Monmouth will have a week until it travels to Niagara to play the Purple Eagles at 11 AM on Saturday.