HAWK'S COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AGAINST NIAGARA, 13-8
LEWISTON, NY- Monmouth’s women’s lacrosse team (4-10, 2-3 MAAC) scored three out of the games’ final four goals but could not overcome a five-goal first half deficit, falling to Niagara (7-7, 4-1 MAAC) 13-8 on Saturday in upstate New York.
It was the third straight loss for the Hawks, who fall to 2-3 in MAAC play, while the Purple Eagles move into third place in the league.
Niagara scored 44 seconds into the game and then pushed the lead to 2-0 with just over three minutes expired in the first half. Monmouth would muster just two goals in the opening 30 minutes, including senior Olivia Higson (Cheadlehulme, England/Withington Girls’ School) 100th career goal.
Down 7-2 to start the second half, Monmouth eventually pulled to within 11-7 on junior Kate Ryan’s (Morton, PA/Springfield) second goal with 13:47 to play. Niagara’s Grace Hunt scored shortly after to restore the lead, with each team scoring once more in the contest.
NOTES & QUOTES
“We let the first half slip away and couldn't complete the comeback in the second half. We had opportunities, but couldn't quite finish to get us closer.” Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent
§ Senior Olivia Higson scored her 100th goal of her career in the first half
§ Higson is the 12th Hawk in the 22 year history of the program to hit triple digits in scoring
§ Her 101 goals currently ranks her 11th all-time just ahead of former Hawk Ali Pollock
§ Monmouth is now 4-2 all-time against Niagara, and 1-1 on the road
§ The Hawks defeated Niagara twice last season, including in the opening round of the MAAC Tournament
§ The last time MU had three regular season losses in the conference was the first season in the MAAC in 2013, MU finished fourth that season and earned a spot in the MAAC Semifinals
§ The Hawks fell to Niagara in 2013 12-8 at home
§ The Hawks had four players tally two points in the game
§ Higson, Ryan and Smet had two goals each
§ Sophomore goalie Riley Brager had eight saves, including six in the first half
§ Niagara sophomore Rachel MacCheyne tallied a career-high seven points on five goals and two assists in the victory
§ Junior defender Alexandra Higgins had five ground balls, five draws and four caused turnovers for the Purple Eagles
§ Monmouth junior Caroline Corbliss had a goal and an assist but also two draws and three caused turnovers
§ The two teams tied in shots 27-27
§ Niagara dominated the draw, 17-6, including 9-1 in the first half when they built their lead
§ Niagara had 20 turnovers, compared to 15 for the Blue & White
Monmouth will host Manhattan on Wednesday at 3 PM. That game is slated to air on ESPN3.