Monmouth Drops MAAC Decision to Manhattan

RIVERDALE, N.Y. Freshmen Chris Daly (Wynnewood, N.J./Lower Merion) and Eric Berger (Ardsley, Pa./Penn Charter) each scored twice for the Hawks, but Monmouth dropped an 11-6 decision at Manhattan in MAAC action on Saturday night at Gaelic Park.

The Hawks, who trailed 7-6 at the half, were shut out in the second half, and held the Jaspers scoreless in the fourth quarter, fall to 0-11 in their first season of action, while Manhattan improved to 4-9 overall.

Monmouth head coach Brian Fisher said, "Manhattan played well tonight and seemed to take advantage of every little mistake we made. Even when we put some pressure on them and went on some runs they kept their composure and made us pay for our mistakes."

Fisher added, "My staff and I have to recognize all of the the good things we did tonight, but it was a tough outing as every time we got going on a run, we broke our own momentum. Tonight was another one of those games where we played really well for long stretches but in the end made too many mistakes. We have to be able to keep our focus and stay sharp for 60 minutes."

The Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind a pair of Daly goals, which included an unassisted tally to open the game, and an assisted score from classmate Dan Bloodgood (Jackson, N.J./Freehold Township), but Manhattan answered with a 5-0 spurt, which put the Jaspers in front 5-2 at the end of the first quarter.

An unassisted goal from freshman Kevin Murphy (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Penn Charter) at 12:51 of the second got MU within 5-3, before the Jaspers posted a pair of scores to take a 7-3 advantage with 6:19 remaining. The Hawks then responded with three straight tallies to climb within 7-6 at the break, as Berger scored twice, including the final goal of the stanza with 1:57 remaining, while junior Zach Johannes (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII/Franklin & Marshall) netted the other goal for the Blue & White.

Manhattan scored the only goals of the second half, as the Jaspers jumped out to a 10-6 advantage in the opening five minutes of the third, and held an 11-6 lead with 8:10 left in the third period.

Monmouth out shot the Jaspers 14-2 in the fourth quarter, but was unable to find the back of the net, as Rich Akapnitis made five stops in the stanza.

The Hawks outshot Manhattan 36-33 on the night, while freshman Nick Hreshko (Warrington, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) made five saves in the opening half for MU. Junior Garrett Conaway (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty/Essex-Howard CC) made one save for the Blue & White in the second half.

Monmouth returns to action on Saturday, April 19 when the Hawks host Marist in MAAC play at Monmouth Stadium at 1:00 p.m.


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