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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
Release: February 15, 2017
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PHILADELPHIA- Monmouth University’s (1-1, 0-0 MAAC) women’s lacrosse team erased a deficit for the second straight game and held a late lead but ultimately could not hold off Temple’s (2-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) offense suffering its first loss of the season 18-16.


The Hawks controlled the early part of the second half, breaking a 10-10 tie on senior Olivia Higson’s (Cheadle Hulme, England/Withington Girls’ School) fifth goal of the afternoon, then tallied three of the next five goals to take a 15-12 lead with 9:26 to play. From there the Owls dominated play, scoring six goals, including the final five of the game in the last 4:36 of the game.


Monmouth jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Nicole Ceraso’s (Massapequa, NY/Plainedge) early goal, the first of four on the afternoon. A three-goal spurt put TU ahead 5-3 but the Hawks regained the lead with a three-goal run from the 8:59 to 5:36 mark. The run was capped off by redshirt-senior Claudia LaMarca’s (West Long Branch, NJ/Shore Regional) first goal of the season. Her second goal of the afternoon gave the Hawks a 9-8 late in the first but Temple’s Nicole Barretta tallied her second of three goals to tie the game going into halftime.



"I was proud of our effort today despite the outcome. We improved since Saturday and look to continue to improve even more for our upcoming game. We're back to work tomorrow with Saturday's game on our mind." – Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent


"Our offense was very successful and executed the game plan well. It's great to see different people score in various ways." – Coach Ghent


·         Higson’s six goals are a career-high for the season and tied for 10th most in a single game in school history

·         LaMarca’s goal was the first since the Hawks’ semifinal game against Fairfield in the 2014 MAAC Semifinals on May 1, 2014. The redshirt senior missed all of last season with an injury suffered in the preseason

·         Ceraso, the reigning MAAC rookie of the week, followed up her eight point performance with four goals and three assists against the Owls

·         Junior midfielder Caroline Corbliss collected seven draw controls to accompany her goal and three ground ball effort

·         Monmouth has scored 31 goals through two games, compared to just 13 through two games a season ago. The 31 goals is the second most in school history over two contests only behind the 2007 squad that scored 34 in two wins over Manhattan and Howard.

·         For the second straight game junior Alexa Smith tallied a hat trick



·         Temple outshot Monmouth 40-27, including 22-9 in the second half

·         Monmouth held a slight 13-12 advantage in ground balls

·         MU was whistled for 36 fouls, Temple just 14, including two in the entire second half

·         Monmouth committed just eight turnovers

·         The Hawks were 3-of-5 on free position attempts, TU finished 6-of-14

·         Higson was 3-of-3 on free position attempts

·         Delliturri finished with nine saves in her first career start, adding three ground balls


Monmouth will play Rutgers on Saturday at 11 AM at High Point Solutions Stadium. The game will air on BTN Plus.

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