OFFENSE EXPLODES AS MU DOWNS VILLANOVA, 17-11
VILLANOVA, PA- Monmouth University Women’s Lacrosse team (2-4) used an offensive onslaught to defeat Villanova (2-4) on Saturday at Villanova Stadium.
With the game deadlocked at 3-3 with 20 minutes left in the first half, Monmouth launched a 6-0 run over an 11 minute span to take a commanding 9-3 lead. The Hawks showed their depth, with six different players scoring during the stretch. The lead proved too much for the Wildcats to overcome, as Villanova would not get closer than four goals the rest of the way.
Alexa Smith (Westhampton Beach, NY/Westhampton Beach), Alex Stambaugh (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin East), Olivia Higson (Cheadle Hulme, England/Withington Girls School) and Nicole Ceraso (Massapequa, NY/Plainedge) each registered four points in the win. Smith scored four goals with Higson chipping in three and Stambaugh and Ceraso each going 2g-2a for the Blue & White.
The Hawks took a 10-5 lead into halftime then scored five unanswered goals over the first seven minutes of the second frame to push the scoring margin to 10. Villanova got two back but Allison Tuturro (Sound Beach, NY/Miller Place) kept Monmouth ahead by nine with her free position goal with 14:44 to play. The Wildcats answered with two more consecutive goals but Smith scored her game-high fourth goal on a feed from Kate Ryan (Morton, PA/Sprinfield) to push the lead to 17-9 with just over 10 minutes left. Villanova’s Katie Comerford completed her hatrick with back to back goals to finish the scoring at 17-11.
QUOTES AND NOTES
"It was great to see so many people have an impact offensively today. We have been working on sharing the responsibility of scoring and today we did just that." – Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent
· The 17 goals is the most this season and the most since MU closed out the 2016 regular season with a 17-10 win over Iona
· Monmouth has now scored first in five of six games this season (Bucknell)
· Sophomore defender Monica Cortes scored her first collegiate goal in the second half
· Higson has now scored at least three goals in five of six contests this year
· Midfielder Claudia LaMarca dominated defensively on the day, scooping five ground balls, forcing four turnovers and winning five draw controls
· Sophomore goalie Riley Brager tied a career-high with 11 saves against the Wildcats, giving her 21 total in two games this week
· Monmouth was 4-of-5 on free position shots, shooting a blistering 72% from the 8 meter in 2017
· The Hawk offense has produced double-digit goals in all but one game this season
· Monmouth held a 16-14 advantage in draw controls
· Villanova outshot the Hawks 32-28, however 23 of Monmouth’s 28 shots were on-goal
· Two Villanova goalies combined for six saves on the afternoon
Monmouth hosts Delaware on Wednesday night at 6 PM on Hesse Field. That game is slated to air on ESPN3.