April 8, 2009

Rutgers Knocks Off State Rival Monmouth

from press release

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Junior Brooke Cantwell (Moorestown, N.J.) and sophomore Marley Welsh (Jarretsville, Md.) each netted hat tricks to lead the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team to an 11-5 victory over Monmouth at Kessler Field Wednesday afternoon.

The three goals for Welsh are a season-high and its Cantwell’s fourth game with three or more goals this season.

Rutgers, which is a perfect 7-0 all-time against Monmouth, improves to 6-8 on the year, while the Hawks fall to 6-7.

“I think we started pretty flat, but then picked it up at the end of the game,” said head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “When we are moving the ball and people are conscious of moving the ball and doing everything quickly, our offense runs smoothly. We started calling a few more plays in this game because we weren’t moving, but it’s always good to have multiple scorers because it makes us harder to defend.”

Monmouth sprinted out to an early 2-0 advantage on goals from Megan Brennan and Shawn Evans. The Hawks defense held Rutgers in check for the first 18 minutes, but the Scarlet Knights would get on the board at the 11:55 mark off a free-position goal from Mary Cryan (Newtown Square, Pa). The RU offense would remain hot, scoring three goals in the next 1:22 to take a 4-2 halftime lead.

The Scarlet Knights scored the fifth consecutive goal of the game nearly two minutes in the second half as Welsh tallied her second goal of the afternoon off a pass from Cantwell. Monmouth cut the RU lead to two (5-3) as Brannan tallied her second of the afternoon just 34 seconds later.

The Scarlet Knights responded with a 3-1 run, highlighted by two Cantwell scores. Monmouth would get on the scoreboard once more to cut the RU lead to 8-5, but goals from Welsh, Cantwell and Nina Frankoski (Maplewood, N.J.) would seal the Scarlet Knights victory.

Rutgers outshot Monmouth 28-14 in the game and senior goalkeeper Sandra Abel (Monrovia, Md.) recorded eight saves for the Scarlet Knights.

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