FIELD HOCKEY FALLS LATE TO UMASS, 4-3, IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Junior Julie Laszlo (Rotterdam, Netherlands/Rotterdams Montessori Lyceum) scored twice and senior Casey Hanna (Seaville, NJ/Ocean City) added a goal of her own, but the Monmouth University field hockey team fell to visiting Massachusetts, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon in the NCAA Play-In game on So Sweet A Cat Field.
The Hawks, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament champions, conclude the best season in program history at 17-3, while the Minutewomen (14-7), the Atlantic 10 Tournament champions, advance to take on No. 2 Maryland on Saturday.
UMass struck first in the 12th minute on Sarah Hawkshaw’s reverse shot, but Monmouth answered less than two minutes later as Laszlo converted a corner opportunity. With under a minute to go in the opening half, the Hawks scored again on a corner play as Laszlo created her own space and sent a shot into the back of the cage to put the Hawks ahead, 2-1.
The Minutewomen scored twice within an 11-minute span to regain a one-goal lead but the Hawks responded in the 53rd minute on Hanna’s hard shot that deflected off the goalkeeper and high into the netting which tied the score at 3-3. Izze Delario’s tip-in off a feed from Nicole Miller with 3:24 left in regulation proved to be the game-winner as the Minutewomen’s defense blocked shots from Rachel Konowal (Plymouth Meeting, PA/Plymouth Whitemarsh) and Laszlo on back-to-back corners with time expired to secure the victory.
Junior Christen Piersanti (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) made one save in the setback, while her counterpart Emily Hazard did not record a save on the afternoon.
NOTES & QUOTES
“Like we saw last weekend, this team was not willing to go down without a fight. The heart and effort they left out on this field was once again was phenomenal. You never want it to see it end for your seniors, specifically for these two [Alyssa Ercolino, and Casey Hanna]. They are the heart and soul of this team and I know there is only two but it feels like there are 10 when they are out there playing. Overall, it was a game that we could be proud of. ”
“We could not have asked for a better season. This is a great stepping stone for us to continue to grow and hopefully break into the top-20, top-15 ranks. But that is because of the hard work of this team. They set a lot of goals for themselves, achieved those goals and I could not be any prouder as a coach.”
– Head Coach Carli Figlio
- The Hawks fall to 0-2 in NCAA tournament games all-time.
- The longest winning-streak in program history is snapped at 10 games.
- MU’s 17 wins is the most in a single season.
- It was the Hawks first loss on So Sweet A Cat Field this season, finishing 11-1 on their home turf. - Laszlo finishes the season atop the team in goals, assists and points. Her 16 goals ranks tied for fourth all-time in a single season, while her 16 assists and 48 points places her second all-time in both categories.
- Konowal set up both of Laszlo’s goals to double her assists total to four.
- Ercolino and Hanna completed their Monmouth careers. Ercolino started all 78 games of her career and finished with 25 goals, eight being game-winners, and 29 assists, good for 78 points. She ranks sixth all-time in goals, second in assists and sixth in points. Hanna has played in 78 games over the last four years, starting all but two contests. The two-time MAAC Defender of the Year completes her career with 27 points on nine goals and nine assists to go along with 12 defensive saves.
- For the game, Monmouth outshot UMass 10-6.
- Monmouth earned eight penalty corners compared to two for the Minutewomen, including holding a 3-0 advantage in the opening half.
- Laszlo led the team with five shot attempts.