Rakowitz Nets Two in OT as Monmouth Edges Saint Joseph's

PHILADELPHIA - Monmouth's Danielle Rakowitz scored on a free-position shot with eight seconds left in the second overtime to hand Saint Joseph's a heartbreaking 11-10 loss on Wednesday afternoon at Sweeney Field. Saint Joseph's now stands at 3-6 overall heading into Atlantic 10 Conference action next weekend.

Sophomore midfielder Kelly Phelan (Ellicott City, Md./Mount De Sales Academy) scored a career-high five goals, all in regulation, to spark Saint Joseph's offensive unit and added a team-high three draw controls. Junior midfielder Julia Falcone (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) added two first-half goals.

Freshman attack Nora McCallion (Narberth, Pa./Academy Notre Dame de Namur) chipped in one goal and two assists for the SJU attack. Senior defender Brittany Hanrahan (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) recorded four ground balls and caused four turnovers - both team highs - for the SJU backline.

Sophomore goalkeeper Genevieve Giblin (Rockville, Md./Georgetown Visitation Prep (D.C.)) (3-6) made six saves, all in regulation.

Saint Joseph's will open Atlantic 10 Conference action next Friday, April 4 against Richmond. Opening draw is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.

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PHILADELPHIA - Monmouth senior Danielle Rakowitz (Montville, N.J./Montville) scored twice in overtime, including a goal with eight seconds left in double overtime to lift Monmouth (3-5) to an 11-10 win over Saint Joe's (3-6) Wednesday afternoon.

With time winding down, Monmouth found itself trailing 9-8 when senior Cassie Campasano (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip/Jacksonville) took a feed from sophomore Michelle Gonzales (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) and beat SJU goalie Genevieve Giblin with seven seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. With 3:07 left in the first overtime Saint Joe's pulled ahead on Kelly Phelan's fourth goal of the night but Rakowitz answered 90 seconds later on a feed from Gonzales to even the score up.

MU netminder Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary) ensured the game would go into double overtime with a clutch save with time expiring. Donohoe would then go on to turn away two more shots in the double OT period, setting up Rakowitz's heroics from the eight meter line with eight seconds left.

"It took our whole team to win today," said MU head coach Denise Wescott.

"Our defense made some big plays when they needed to, Katie had a few great saves including a few in overtime. To have our offense score twice when they had to, to get us to overtime and then to send it into sudden victory was incredible. It is great to see Danielle (Rakowitz) finish it off with an eight meter, there was no hesitation, she was confident and just went at the goalie expecting to score. We made so many big plays, it was necessary for us to come out with a win in this one."

Campasano, who finished shattering her career-highs with eight points on six goals and two assists, got the Monmouth Hawks off to a quick 4-1 lead just 22:08 into the game. Saint Joe's answered with three straight goals over the next eight minutes to knot the game at 4-4. MU's Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) regained the lead for the Blue & White but SJU ripped off three goals in a 2:04 span to take a 7-5 lead into halftime.

Monmouth rallied in the second half, outscoring Saint Joe's 4-2 with Rakowitz scoring the first goal followed by three more by Campasano during the half, including the pivotal game-tying marker with seven seconds remaining in regulation.

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