WOMEN'S LACROSSE FALLS TO IONA, 13-10 IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
NEW ROCHELLE, NY- Monmouth University women's lacrosse (6-11, 4-4 MAAC) dropped its regular season finale to Iona College (5-12, 2-6 MAAC) by a score of 13-10 Wednesday in New Rochelle.
The Gaels capitalized off of 19 turnovers by the Hawks and dominated the last 32 minutes of play, outscoring the Hawks 9-3 over that span. Iona started the game out scoring three goals in the first five minutes but Monmouth responded by going on a 6-0 run over a 17 minute period. The Gaels responded with the final two goals of the half to cut the MU lead to 7-6.
Iona came out of halftime out-scoring Monmouth 5-1 over the first nine minutes, to take a lead, one they would not relinquish. Monmouth's Makenzie Putman (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North) cut the lead to 11-9 but the Hawks would get no closer than that.
Monmouth seniors led the way with nine total points, led by Alex Stambaugh's (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin East) two goals and two assists and Ashley Cross' (Great Falls, VA/Bishop O'Connell) goal and two assists. Iona junior Pamela Giordano led all scorers with six points on three goals and three assists while Jenna Tolzmann had four goals in the win.
NOTES & QUOTES
Monmouth Head Coach Eileen Ghent
“Today was a tough day for us. Iona was able to score in bunches, which really helped their momentum. We are shifting our focus to Saturday. It's one game at a time now, only Saturday matters.”
· Monmouth is now 5-1 all-time against the Gaels, and 1-1 in New Rochelle
· Monmouth's six regular season wins are the fewest since the 1996 season, the second year of the program
· The Hawks have still qualified for the upcoming MAAC Tournament but will be a 5 seed, its lowest seed entering a post-season conference tournament\
· Monmouth was outshot by Iona 34-20
· MU goalie Riley Brager had eight saves, while Iona's McCafferey had seven
· Monmouth won 13 of the game's 25 draw controls
· Junior defender Mackenzie Rendich had three draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers
· Senior Olivia Higson and junior Caroline Corbliss had two goals each
Monmouth will be the fifth seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament and face the fourth seeded Niagara Purple Eagles. Earlier this year, Monmouth fell to Niagara 13-8.