April 5, 2014

Farrugia Career-High Leads Niagara Over Monmouth

from press release

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Junior Carrie-Jo Farrugia registered a career-high five goals, helping the Niagara women's lacrosse team to its second straight victory with a 12-8 decision over the Monmouth Hawks at the Kessler Field on Saturday afternoon.

Niagara is now 5-5 overall and 1-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while the Hawks drop to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in league play.  

Farrugia recorded her 50th career goal with her first of five goals this afternoon, pushing her career total to 54 tallies and point total to 90 in 40 games.  Maria Battista was also a force on the offensive end with a trio of goals, while Kayla Smith, Brittany Delano, Kristen Winter and Danielle Maio added to the scoresheet with a goal each.

Freshman Andrea Francisco made six saves to collect her fifth win of the season in the Niagara cage.  The Purple Eagles were able to control play throughout the afternoon, holding advantages over Monmouth in shots (22-18) and ground balls (16-10), while the teams were knotted at 11 apiece in draw controls won.

"Today was a total team effort. We played a complete 60 minutes, and finished at both ends of field," head coach Wendy Stone said.  "We look forward to improving once again this week."

The Purple Eagles raced out to a quick start and mustered a two-goal lead before the four minute mark.  Battista opened the game's scoring summary with a free position goal, which was followed by Farrugia's first goal of the contest.

Monmouth then strung together four straight to take a 4-2 lead with 14:46 remaining in the first half, but the Purple and White scored four of the next five goals to regain the lead and take a slim 6-5 advantage into the break.  Farrugia and Maio scored within a 37 second span, Battista tallied her 20th of the season with 7:11 left in the stanza and Winter capped off the rally with 5:57 left on the clock.

The contest remained close as the second half began with the teams trading scores in the first 13 minutes.  Smith started the scoring with 27:09 on the clock followed by a free position goal by Monmouth's Allison Stathius.  Stathius scored again at 13:31 to keep it one-goal game after Delano recorded her eighth goal of the year, but Niagara took control as the clock ran inside of 12 minutes.

Farrugia kickstarted what turned into a four-goal run, followed by Battista's final score of the afternoon which granted NU its largest lead of the game of three goals with 11:10 remaining.  Battista registered the Purple Eagles' final pair of tallies to pull away from the Hawks, before Danielle Rakowitz netted Monmouth's eighth goal with 29 showing on the clock.   

Niagara returns to the road for an away game against Marist on Wednesday, Apr. 9. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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