Monmouth Battles Back from Deficit to Edge Wagner

Staten Island, NY Sophomore midfielder Carolyn Clark (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) tallied a career-high five goals but Monmouth scored the last three goals of the game to overtake Wagner 12-11 on Senior Day at Wagner College Stadium.

With the loss, Wagner falls to 3-12 on the season, 2-7 in Northeast Conference play while Monmouth Improves to 9-8, 7-2 in conference play.

Monmouth jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead before Wagner rallied to make it a 6-6 game at halftime. Three second half goals by Clark sandwiched around a goal by junior attack Dana Marchitelli (Annapolis, MD/South River), staked the Seahawks to a 10-8 lead with 10:06 to play. Rachel Feirstein, who paced Monmouth with four goals, then made it 10-9 with a goal at 9:08. Marchitelli then answered with her second goal of the game at the 6:14 juncture to put Wagner on top 11-9.

With 4:27 to go, Shawn Evans drew the Hawks to within one goal at 11-10. Just 26 seconds later, Feirstein tied the game at 11-11 before sinking a free position shot with 1:32 to play to lift Monmouth to the 12-11 win. In addition to Feirstein's four goals, Shawn Evans and Ali Pollock added three goals apiece for Monmouth.

Senior Teri Noll (Elbridge, NY/ Jordan-Elbridge Central), who was one of five seniors honored in a pre-game ceremony, added three goals in the final game of her career. Clark's five goals give 36 for the season which leads the Seahawks while Noll has 24 goals on the season.

Statistically, Monmouth out-shot Wagner 30-22 and led in draw controls 13-12 while the teams were even at 14-14 in ground balls. Senior Alex Johnston (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) had 11 saves in goal while Monmouth's Kirby Mundorf had eight saves. Today's loss marked the third time this season that Wagner has lost a game by one goal.

Wagner closes out the 2010 season with a road tilt on Wednesday, April 21 at 3:00 pm vs. Columbia.

NOTES Wagner's five seniors Janine Bright (Comak, NY/Commack), Johnston, Krista Malayter (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire), Noll and Alyssa Prima (Medford Lakes, NJ/Shawnee) were honored in a pregame ceremony.

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.- Monmouth University's women's lacrosse team battled back from a late two-goal deficit to down Wagner College 12-11, in the 2010 regular season finale on Sunday.

Down by two with just under five minutes to play, Monmouth's Shawn Evans (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) cut the lead to one on an unassisted shot. It took just 24 seconds for junior Rachel Feirstein's (St. James, N.Y./Smithtown East) to tie the game at 11-11, but she was not done there.

The two teams traded possessions with time winding down before Feirstein struck on a free position shot that beat Seahawk goaltender Alex Johnston with 1:32 remaining in regulation. Down by one, Wagner won the draw and drove to the MU net, taking a shot that was turned away by MU goalie Kirby Mundorf (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keogh). Feirstein solidified the win by grabbing the ground ball and enabling Monmouth to run out the clock.

With the win, Monmouth finished the regular season with a 9-8 overall record and a 7-2 conference mark, sewing up the third seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament. Wagner finishes the season with a 3-12 record, including a 2-7 mark in Northeast Conference play. Monmouth is now 15-0 all-time against the Seahawks.

Wagner tied the game at 6-6 on a Carolyn Clark goal in the first three minutes of the second half to erase a one-time three-goal Monmouth lead. The Hawks scored back-to-back goals from seniors Brittney McLaughlin (Coram, N.Y./Longwood) and Ali Pollock (Watervliet, N.Y./Shaker) over the next three minutes to regain the lead, 8-6.

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