April 13, 2012

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Lillo Ties Record as Monmouth Beats Wagner

from press release

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Sparked by senior Sam Lillo's (Short Hills, N.J./Milburn) school record tying eight goals, Monmouth (5-10, 4-3 NEC) topped Wagner (6-8, 1-5 NEC), 20-13 Friday afternoon at Wagner College Stadium.

Lillo, who scored four times each half, tied Heather Bryan (4/15/2000 vs Quinnipiac) and Kristy Olivo (3/3/97 vs Sacred Heart) for most goals in a single game. Her nine points against the Seahawks was tied for third most in school history.

A number of things that went right today for us," said MU head coach Denise Wescott.  "We put Sam Savona in on the draw and she was able to get the ball away and we were more physical around the circle which helped us.  Our offense really settled down, it was probably the best I've seen us move the ball. Sam was more patient and she was taking good cuts. She was the second or third cutter in and when she got the ball she had more space. Sam did a great job finishing today, that's something she has worked on hard the last few weeks."

Monmouth went ahead 18-9 with 11:35 showing on the clock but Wagner senior Carolyn Clark scored four unanswered goals to cut the lead to 18-13 with just over five minutes to goal.  Clark recorded a career-high seven goals but it wasn't enough as the Hawks scored twice more at the end of the game to earn the 20-13 victory.

The Hawks dominated the draw, 23-12 and outshot the Seahawks 36-31 in the game. The 20 goals scored was the most in Wescott's era in West Long Branch.

After scoring four times in the first half, Monmouth senior Sam Lillo (Short Hills, N.J./Milburn) got her first marker of the second half on a feed from sophomore Alex Marino (Howell, N.J./Freehold Twp.)  over the back of the cage that put the Hawks ahead 12-5 just 39 seconds into the half. The Seahawks cut the lead to 12-7 on two unanswered goals before Marino found Lillo again in almost the same exact spot for the senior's sixth goal of the afternoon.  Ater another Clark goal, the Hawks responded by launching a four-goal  run that pushed the lead to 17-8. Wagner outscored MU 5-3 in the final 13-plus minutes but the Hawks went on to remain undefeated all-time against Wagner (17-0).

Sophomore Danielle Rakowitz (Montville, N.J./Montville) go the scoring going just 37 seconds into the game on a free position attempt with Lillo adding to that lead 47 seconds later on a shot that beat Seahawk goalie Shannon Sweeney low and left. After an Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) free position goal, Wagner's Carolyn Clark cut the lead to 3-1 with a top shelf goal at the 25:02 mark. Marino forced a turnover in the Wagner zone, gathered the loose ball and beat the Seahawk goalie low for a 4-1 advantage.  After MU pulled ahead 5-1, Wagner's Melanie Garces cut the lead to three on a feed from Sam Morin. The teams traded goals over the next five minutes and Monmouth led 6-3 before Gibbons found Sam Savona (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty/FDU) on the left side of the Wagner net, where the junior netted her fifth goal of the season. Monmouth outscored Wagner 5-2 in the final 13 minutes of the half, led by Lillo's four goals and an assist.

Lillo led all players with nine points, as 11 of her 12 shots were on goal. Marino finished with a career-high six points, including two goals and a collegiate best four assists. Gibbons had five points, including three helpers while defender Gianna D'Urso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) had three caused turnovers. Junior Cassie Campasano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip/Jacksonville) had three points in her first game as a Hawk while nine different Monmouth players registered goals on the day. MU goalie Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary School) made eight saves in the win.

Clark led the Seahawks while Garces and Morin each scored twice in the loss. The two Wagner goalies who played recorded a total of 12 saves in the match.

The Hawks will face LIU Brooklyn on the road on Sunday for an 11 a.m. game.


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