FIELD HOCKEY TO HOST UMASS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY-IN GAME
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth University field hockey team, the 2016 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Champions, will host Massachusetts in the NCAA Play-In game this upcoming Wednesday, November 9th, at So Sweet A Cat Field. It marks the sixth time in Monmouth Athletics history that the Hawks will host an NCAA event on campus as field hockey hosted Princeton in 2014, men’s soccer hosted three events (2009, 2010, 2011) and women’s lacrosse took on Georgetown in 2006 in West Long Branch.
Monmouth, which is currently on a 10-game win streak, claimed its second MAAC Title in program history with its thrilling 3-2 double overtime win over Fairfield earlier today. Senior Alyssa Ercolino (West Long Branch, NJ/Shore Regional) deflected in a shot from Julie Laszlo 3:48 into the second extra session to punch Monmouth’s ticket to the Big Dance. Julie Laszlo (Rotterdam, Netherlands/Rotterdams Montessori Lyceum) finished the afternoon with four points on a goal and two assists and was added to the All-MAAC Championship Team along with Ercolino and sophomore Kelly Hanna (Seaville, NJ/Ocean City [Rutgers]). Senior Casey Hanna (Seaville, NJ/Ocean City) was named the Most Valuable Player.
Monmouth ranks top 10 nationally in 10 categories including assists per game (9th – 2.89), defensive saves (3rd – 15), goals against average (2nd – 1.12), goals per game (10th – 3.26), penalty corners per game (2nd – 9.05), points per game (10th – 9.42), save percentage (2nd - .794), scoring margin (7th – 2.04), shutouts per game (1st - .53) and winning percentage (.895).
UMass (13-7, 6-2 A-10) defeated top-seeded and No. 20 ranked Saint Joseph’s in the Atlantic 10 Finals, 2-1, on Nicole Miller’s goal in the 67th minute. It is the Minutewomen’s 16th all-time Atlantic 10 Championship, second consecutive title and fourth in the last five years. The Minutewomen, who have played six ranked opponents this year, were represented by six players on the All-A-10 teams, led by the league’s defensive player of the year Melanie Kreusch. Offensively, Sarah Hawkshaw leads the way with 32 points on 14 goals and four helpers, while Miller and Izze Delario each have 26 points to their credit.
Monmouth and UMass have never met on the turf. The Hawks are 2-0 this year against the A-10, defeating VCU (3-1) and Saint Joseph’s (3-0).
The winner of the game will travel to College Park, MD to take on Maryland which claimed the No. 2 overall seed in the field.
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