#15 TOWSON OVERPOWERS MONMOUTH, 17-6
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ- Monmouth University’s women’s lacrosse team closed out the non-conference portion of the season with a 17-6 setback to No. 15 Towson University on Hesse Field Sunday afternoon.
Towson built a 9-0 lead before Monmouth junior Kate Ryan (Morton, PA/Springfield) scored her first of three goals with 4:24 left in the first half. The MU freshman connection of Nicole Ceraso (Massapequa, NY/Plainedge) and Allison Turturro (Sound Beach, NY/Miller Place) connected for a late goal as time was winding down in the first stanza but the Tigers took a 10-2 lead into halftime.
The Tigers went to work early in the second expanding their lead to 10 with Monmouth scoring four times in the second frame. The Hawks could not keep pace with Towson’s attack, led by Carly Tellekamp’s five goals. Monmouth goaltender Riley Brager (Reisterstown, MD/Roland Park Country) made nine saves in net as Monmouth was outshot 33-20 in the contest.
NOTES AND QUOTES
"We are continuing to improve although the win-loss record doesn't quite show it. Towson was excellent on the 50/50 balls and uses those possessions to get their offense going. We are looking forward to the beginning of MAAC play and to use our out of conference experience to prepare us." – Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent
§ Towson, 6-3 overall, is 5-0 against teams ranked outside the top-20 and 1-3 against top-20
§ The Tigers were the first ranked team the Hawks played this season
§ Monmouth finishes the non-conference season 2-9
§ Monmouth, which came into the game ranked first in the NCAA in free position goal percentage was 0-for-3 on the afternoon
§ Ceraso accumulated her team-leading 19th assist of the season on Turturro’s goal
§ Towson was 4-of-8 on free position shots, including going 4-of-5 in the first half
§ The Tigers won the draw control battle 16-8
§ Towson played two goalies in the match, whom combined for eight saves
§ The game marked the first time all year senior Olivia Higson failed to score
§ Towson’s Natale Sulmonte had eight draw controls to go along with her five points
Monmouth opens up Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Saturday (3/25) against Quinnipiac at Yale.