April 15, 2012

Monmouth Dominates Possession, Beats LIU

from press release

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Monmouth University's women's lacrosse team (6-10, 5-3 NEC) built an impressive 14-2 first half margin en route to a dominating 18-6 victory over LIU Brooklyn (1-13, 1-6 NEC) on Sunday afternoon.

Junior Sam Savona (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty/FDU) had a career-high four goals for Monmouth, with sophomore Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Central/RMU) finishing with four points on a goal and three assists. Eleven different Hawks scored in the contest as MU moved to 10-0 all-time against the Blackbirds.

"I thought the team really played well today," said MU head coach Denise Wescott. "We dominated possession which helped us score. We put a lot of pressure on them, which caused turnovers and enabled us to get a few fastbreak goals. I thought our bench produced a lot too."

Monmouth put on a clinic in the first half, outscoring the Blackbirds 14-2 in the first 30 minutes of play. LIU's Shakoya Smith gave the Blackbirds a brief lead, tallying the first marker of the game just 1:03 into play. Sophomore Alex Marino (Howell, N.J./Freehold Twp.) got the Hawks on the board with her first of three opening frame goals, this one at the 26:17 mark. The Blue & White scored twice more to take a 3-0 lead before LIU's Shakoya Smith notched her first goal at the 22:43 mark of the first half. Marino and sophomoreDanielle Rakowitz (Montville, N.J./Montville) each scored their second goals of the game to give the Hawks a 5-2 lead, which was followed by nine more unanswered goals. Savona tallied a pair of goals over a 17 second span and Monmouth led 8-2 with 10:11 left in the half. Nine different Hawks scored first-half goals as MU outshot LIU 31-5 in the opening frame.

Savona started up the scoring early in the second half, a goal which was matched 1:18 later by LIU's Caitlin Farrell, putting the Hawks ahead 15-3. MU would go on to score three more unanswered, including freshmenMegan Langrehr (Forrest Hill, Md./John Carroll) and Tracy Novak's (Milford, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) first career goals. With MU starting goaltender Katie Donohoe's (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary School) day finished after four saves and three goals against, LIU scored the final three goals of the match to end the scoring at 18-6.

Monmouth outshot LIU 38-13 while earning 17 of the 26 draw controls. The Hawk defense forced 11 turnovers, led by midfielder Gibbons, who had a pair of caused turnovers, three ground balls and three draw controls. Rakowitz and senior Olivia Salata (Broomall, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had a pair of goals, with the former collecting four ground balls in the win. Marino had three points on two goals and an assist while juniorCassie Campasano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip/Jacksonville) had three points in her second outing with MU. The six goals against matched the season's lowest as the Hawks put together their first back-to-back wins of the season.

LIU netminder Jaqueline Simonian made 11 saves in net. Smith had two goals to lead the Blackbirds while three other LIU players notched goals.

The Hawks return home for their regular-season ending match against rival Mount Saint Mary's Friday, April 20 at 3 p.m.

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