Women's Lacrosse Wins MAAC Season Opener Over Monmouth
The Marist women's lacrosse team opened conference play on Saturday with a decisive 14-3 victory over Monmouth. The Red Foxes scored first and never looked back, as even though Monmouth kept it close early in the first half, Marist scored eight unanswered goals in the second half to pull away with the blowout victory.
Senior attackman Morgan Jaycox started the scoring for the Red Foxes with an unassisted goal at the at the 25:53 mark. Jaycox scored two more goals and added two assists. Sophomore midfielder Hailey Wagner led the team with four assists, while also netting two unassisted goals. However, the Red Foxes were led in scoring by sophomore attackman Samantha Mehalick, who tallied four goals. Jaycox assisted on Mehalick’s two first half goals and Wagner assisted on both of Mehalick’s second half goals. Freshmen Kelly George and Devon Connolly each added two goals, while senior Lauren Mazza rounded out the scoring for the Red Foxes with one goal.
Also impressive was Marist’s defensive effort. The Red Foxes shut out Monmouth in the second half. Assistant Sports Information Director Kendrick Mooney was pleased with the team’s ability to adapt through adversity. “We had to make some adjustments in the first half but in the second half I think we capitalized on a lot of things especially our defense holding down their attackers,” Mooney said. “Our attack was able to shoot a lot."
Monmouth (3-8) scored all three of their goals in the first half. The Hawks tied the game 1-1 on an unassisted goal by Chloe Novak. Marist scored twice more before Monmouth scored their second goal by Alexa Smith, making the score 3-2. At the 10:14 mark of the first half, Allison Turturro scored unassisted, Monmouth’s third and final goal of the game.
Marist freshman goalkeeper Delaney Gavin had a terrific game with 17 saves, just five saves away from tying her season high of 22 that she achieved against UMass. Head coach Jessica O’Brien commented on Gavin’s play this season. “Delaney has been stepping up for us in goal not only in her skill but also in her energy. She's a competitor at heart and that's what you need from the goalie position,” O’Brien said. “ I think her confidence has been a true strength, but also her ability to work really well with our returning defenders.” Gavin was awarded this week’s MAAC Defensive Player of the Week award, as well as the Rookie of the Week award.