FIELD HOCKEY TO FACE FAIRFIELD IN MAAC TITLE GAME
Friday - 11 a.m. – #2 Fairfield 3 vs. #3 Bryant 2 [ot]
Friday – 2 p.m. - #1 Monmouth 3 vs. #4 Rider 2 [2ot]
Sunday - 11 a.m. – #1 Monmouth (16-2, 6-0 MAAC) vs. #2 Fairfield (8-12, 4-2 MAAC)
Live Stats | MAAC.TV
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Fans attending the 2016 MAAC Field Hockey Championships are directed to park in Monmouth University’s parking lot numbered 25, while available. Additional parking will be available in lots 13, 14 and 15. Lot 16 will be available on Sunday. (University Map)
All three games of the 2016 MAAC Field Hockey Championship will be broadcast live on MAAC.TV.
- In its 20th year of Division I Field Hockey, Monmouth captured the program’s fourth regular season championship and will make its 12th postseason appearance. The Hawks finished the season with the program’s best winning percentage (.882) and an unblemished conference record for the first time in their history.
- Monmouth will make its seventh overall appearance in a conference championship game. It will be the Hawks’ second appearance in the MAAC Championship game, earning a 6-1 win over Rider its first trip in 2014.
- With its double-overtime victory against Rider on Friday, the Hawks, winners of nine straight games, set the new program record for wins in a season with 16, eclipsing the previous mark of 15 set in 2010 and duplicated in 2011.
- Monmouth finished non-league play with the best non-conference record in program history at 9-2 (.818), which eclipses the previous best of 8-3 (.727) set in 2010. It is the fourth time the Hawks have recorded a winning non-league record, with each occurrence coming during Figlio’s tenure.
- Over the six-game MAAC slate, the Hawks outscored league opponents, 26-2, and outshot their foes, 111-34.
- It is the fifth time in program history and fourth time under Figlio that MU has 10 or more wins, while the Hawks recorded a perfect 9-0 record on So Sweet A Cat Field in the regular season.
- The Hawks’ defense, backstopped by MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year Christen Piersanti, recorded 10 shutouts which set the new program single-season record, besting the previous mark of six set in 2010. The defensive corps enters the weekend leading the country in goals against average (1.06), save percentage (.813) and shutouts per game (0.59), while the team is in the top 10 in five other statistical categories.
- Monmouth finished the season 3-0 against the Patriot League, outscoring Lehigh (5-0), Lafayette (3-0), and Bucknell (2-0), 10-0. The Hawks have won six of the last seven meetings with the Mountain Hawks, while the win over the Leopards (who defeated No. 9 Boston U) was their first since their inaugural Division I season (1997). The win over the Bison is the first since 2004.
- Monmouth captured at least one MAAC Player of the Week in nine of the 10 weeks of the season, totaling 17 total accolades. Julie Laszlo led the way with seven weekly awards, capturing five defensive honors and a pair of offensive player of the week nods. Freshman Josephine van der Hoop landed four Rookie of the Week accolades, while Alyssa Ercolino was the offensive player of the week on three occasions. Meg Donahue earned two offensive accolades and Christen Piersanti was the defender of the week, while also garnering NFHCA National Player of the Week Honorable Mention for her efforts in cage back in the second week.
- In its history, Monmouth has had 81 athletes earn all-league honors, while being home to five players of the year (Gina Chico-2000 [NEC], Michelle Pieczynski- 2012 [NEC], Alex Carroll-2013 [MAAC], Trish O’Dwyer-2014 [MAAC], Julie Laszlo-2016 [MAAC]), three offensive players of the year (Michelle Pieczynski-2012 [NEC], Trish O’Dwyer-2014 [MAAC], Alyssa Ercolino-2016 [MAAC]), three defensive players of the year (Alex Carroll - 2013 [MAAC], Casey Hanna-2014, 2015 [MAAC], Julie Laszlo-2016 [MAAC]), two rookies of the year (Kellie Nurko – 1999 [NEC], Meg Donahue-2014 [MAAC]), one goaltender of the year (Christen Piersanti – 2015, 2016 [MAAC]) and two coach of the year recipients (Monica Morgan Levy – 1999, 2000 [NEC], Carli Figlio – 2010 [NEC], 2014 [MAAC], 2016 [MAAC]).
- Seniors Casey Hanna and Alyssa Ercolino have been selected to participate in the 2016 Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Senior Game. The duo joins Michelle Pieczynski (2012) as the only Monmouth representatives to compete at the annual event.
All-Time Series Records
Monmouth vs. Fairfield
• All-time: Fairfield, 11-5 (Last, MU, 2-0, 10/23/16)
• Playoffs: Fairfield, 1-0 (Last, FFD, MAAC Semifinals 2-1, 11/6/15)