Monmouth Comeback Falls Short to Marist in MAAC Semis

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Monmouth (8-10, 5-3 MAAC) team could not overcome a slow start, falling to top-seeded Marist (14-3, 7-1 MAAC) in the semifinals of the 2014 MAAC tournament on Friday evening.

Monmouth fell behind 5-1 at halftime then scored six second half goals but could not keep pace with the Red Fox offense, which scored eight goals of their own. Red Fox Allison Gionta had a game-high nine points, scoring three goals and assisting on six others.

I thought we started off a little tentative and it hurt us early," said Head Coach Denise Wescott. "I was glad to see us fight back, it was a physical game and in the second half and we started going at them. I was really proud of the way we played in the second half."

Marist opened up a 4-0 lead before senior Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) broke the tie with 4:55 left in the half. Marist added another goal to head into the break ahead 5-1.

The Red Foxes scored just 1:13 into the second frame but Monmouth junior Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) answered just over a minute later. Anderson tallied her second goal 35 seconds later and the Hawks trailed 6-3. The two teams traded goals, and the Hawks trailed 8-4 with 19:52 left before freshman Olivia Higson (Cheadle Hulme, England/Withington) tallied her first of two goals.

Anderson tallied another goal and the Hawks climbed to within 9-6. Romano scored against for the Red Foxes with 9:43 to play. Higson's final goal with 8:39 closed the gap to 10-7. Marist added another and the gap grew to five with 16:30 to play Marist scored three goals in the final 5:29 to finish the scoring at 13-7.

The statsheet was fairly even with shots coming in at 22-22. Donohoe finished with three saves as Anderson led the Hawks with a trio of goals. Stathius had a pair of goals as did Higson.

In addition to Gionta's nine points, Jamie Romano finished with four goals and Kristen Viscount had four points and one assist. MAAC Rookie of the Year Abigail Witczak finished with six saves on the afternoon.

The Hawks wrap up their inaugural MAAC season with a 5-3 conference mark.


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