BIG SECOND HALF LEADS DELAWARE PAST MONMOUTH, 19-9
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- The University of Delaware (3-2) dominated the final 30 minutes of play to blow open a close game and hand Monmouth University (2-5) a 19-9 loss on Wednesday night.
The Blue Hens got four goals and an impressive 10 draw controls from midfielder Coley Ricci. Delaware controlled the draw opportunities in the second half, at one point winning 13 consecutive DCs. The Blue Hens outscored Monmouth 11-3 over the first 20 minutes of the second frame to go up 17-7. Monmouth scored back to back goals from redshirt senior Claudia LaMarca (West Long Branch, NJ/Shore Regional) and junior Kate Ryan (Morton, PA/Springfield) to cut the lead to eight but Delaware scored the final two goals of the game.
Monmouth tallied the opening goal of the game when freshman Nicole Ceraso (Massapequa, NY/Plainedge) found Alexa Smith (Westhampton Beach, NY/Westhampton Beach) for her first of two goals in the contest. Back to back goals over a 1:16 period gave Delaware their first lead but MU knotted it up five minutes later. Delaware scored five of the final seven goals of the half to take a 7-4 lead into halftime.
Ceraso led the Hawks with three points, with Lamarca, Smith, freshman Allison Turturro (Sound Beach, NY/Miller Place) and Olivia Higson (Cheadle Hulme, England/Withington Girls’ School) all scoring two goals. Delaware had 10 different players register goails, led by Ricci’s four and Julia Dambly’s three.
Notes and Quotes
“Delaware took advantage of their opportunities on the draw, which led to many more opportunities on offense, especially in the second half.” Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent
“Luckily we have a week before our next game, which is against another tough opponent in Boston College. We are going to work on different variations on the draw and better ball handling throughout transition.” Eileen Ghent
· Delaware won 23 of the 30 draw controls in the game, including a 16-3 margin the second half
· Monmouth has scored first in six of seven games this season
· Today marked just the second time this season that senior Olivia Higson didn’t score at least three goals
· Freshman Nicole Ceraso, who is 12th in the NCAA in assists per game, tallied three more against UD
· Monmouth, which led the NCAA in free position goal percentage with 72%, went 3-of-7 in the game
· Higson remained perfect on free position attempts, going 1-1. She is one of three players nationally to have a perfect free position goal percentage
· The game marked just the second time all year the MU offense didn’t crack double digits
· Delaware held a 37-21 advantage in shots, including a 20-8 advantage in the second half
· Monmouth was whistled for 35 fouls, compared to 21 for Delaware
· Each team had 15 turnovers in the contest
· The teams combined for seven turnovers
Monmouth will face Boston College next Wednesday in Chestnut Hill, MA.