FOUR HAWKS TAKE HOME POST SEASON MAAC WOMEN'S LACROSSE AWARDS
BUFFALO, NY- Four Monmouth University women's lacrosse players earned postseason awards from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, league officials announced at the awards banquet Thursday evening.
Junior Caroline Corbliss (Marriottsville, MD/Marriotts Ridge) , sophomore Monica Cortes (Miller Place, NY/Miller Place) and freshmen Nicole Ceraso (Massapequa, NY/Plainedge) and Megan Hart (Clarksville, MD/Atholton) earned awards, which are voted on by the league's nine head coaches.
Corbliss earns her first First Team All-MAAC selection after starting all 18 games in the midfield for the Blue & White. The junior was fourth on the team with 31 points, including ranking second in assists with 11. She was tied with Cortes for first in caused turnovers with 18 and was second in free position goals with six. Corbliss, whom earned MAAC All-Tournament Team honors last season, was first on the team with 49 draw controls and third in ground balls with 29.
Cortes, an all-rookie team selection in 2016, was the team's top defender in her second season. She was second in ground balls with 31 and tied for first in ground balls. She had her first career goal in a 17-11 win over Villanova and finished the season with 17 draw controls, despite moving to the circle late in the season.
Ceraso was an integral part of the Monmouth offense, starting all 18 games on attack while earning a unanimous all-rookie team spot. The freshman led the Hawks and all MAAC rookies in points with 49, including 30 assists which was fourth among all conference players. She was named MAAC Rookie of the Week four times (tied for the most) and led all conference freshmen in points. Her 30 assists ranks her sixth all-time in the Monmouth record book for a single season.
Hart started 17 games on defense for the Blue & White in her first season, finishing with 10 caused turnovers and 16 ground balls. Ceraso and Hart were the only two freshman to start at least 17 games for Monmouth.
The Hawks ended their season in the fifth place, falling to Niagara in the MAAC Tournament opening round.