DEFENSE LEADS MONMOUTH PAST MANHATTAN, 9-7
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth University (5-10, 3-3 MAAC) used balance scoring and a stifling defense to top Manhattan College (5-10, 2-5 MAAC) 9-7 at Hesse Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Hawks jumped on top of the Jaspers with three goals in the opening five minutes. Monmouth had seven different goal scorers in the game, with junior Caroline Corbliss (Marriottsville, MD/Marriotts Ridge) and freshman Nicole Ceraso (Massapequa, NY/Plainedge) each chipping in three points. After Corbliss, Ceraso and Kate Ryan (Morton, PA/Springfield) gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead before Manhattan’s Nolan Darby Scored to cut the lead to 3-1. MU pushed that lead to 5-1 but Manhattan scored two straight before senior Olivia Higson (Cheadle Hulme, England/Withington Girl’s School) notched her first of two goals to send Monmouth into the break up 6-3.
Jasper Molly Fitzpatrick scored just 51 seconds into the second frame but Corbliss answered at the 27:26 mark with her second goal of the game. The two team’s traded goals over the next 17 minutes with MU leading 9-6. Monmouth forced two second half shot clock violations and kept the Jaspers off the board for 12 minutes until Jordyn DiCostanzo scored a meaningless goal with 25 seconds remaining to close to within three. The Jasper’s would win the draw but could only muster one shot in the final seconds, which was turned away by MU goalie Riley Brager (Reisterstown, MD/Roland Park Country).
NOTES AND QUOTES
Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent
“Obviously today’s win has playoff implications but we were more worried about playing our game and feeling good about ourselves and today we were able to do that. With every team we play, we try to force shots that are more save-able for Riley and I think today they did a really good job at forcing wide angles and making them make multiple drives to get a good shot off.”
Junior midfielder Caroline Corbliss
“It’s a great win, hopefully one of many more and sets the tone so we can hopefully make the playoffs. The communication on defense is key for us, we were there on the first and second slide and we were tyring not to let anything in and it seemed to work.”
Sophomore Monica Cortes on the defensive effort
“I think that we have really come together as a team. It was a setback to lose Amanda [Miller] but Emma [Stukenberg] stepped up and we really work together well now. Today I thought our communication was up, the second and even the third slide was always there.”
· Cortes had a season-high three draw controls in the contest
· With Ceraso’s two assists, the freshman now has 26 assists this season
· Her 26 assists is the 10th most in school history, surpassing former Hawk Stacy Sydlo
· She is one assist behind former Hawk Kaleigh Gibbons (2013) for ninth
· Monmouth is now 8-0 all-time against Manhattan and 4-0 at home
· Higson scored her fourth game-winning goal, which puts her atop the MAAC heading into today’s matches
· Monmouth’s seven goals was the least allowed this year, besting their 8-goal effort against Quinnipiac
· Monmouth outshot Manhattan by a 25-21 margin
· The Hawks committed 15 turnovers compared with 20 for Manhattan
· Jasper goalie Nikki Prestiano had 12 saves and three ground balls
· Fitzpatrick led all goal scorers with three
· Sophomore Jenny Staines tallied her first goal of the season
· Freshman defender Megan Hart had a career-high three ground balls
Monmouth will host Siena on Saturday at 1 PM. Monmouth’s six seniors will be honored after the contest.