WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Monmouth, which netted a pair of goals in the opening 2:08 of action on Saturday, posted a 5-0 victory over visiting Canisius in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Hesse Field. The Hawks, now 6-1-2 overall and 2-0 in league play, got a goal and two assists from junior Alexis McTamney (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown Regional) and two scores from junior Erica Murphy (Millstone Township, NJ/Pennington Prep) in the victory.
"We got off to a great start scoring two goals in two minutes," stated head coach Krissy Turner, whose Hawks are now 5-0-1 at home on the year. "We were then able to settle in and maintain possession for good stretches of the game. To get another shutout is a point of emphasis as we move forward in conference play."
Monmouth, which outshot Canisius 20-5 in the match, and held a 14-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities, posted its fifth shutout of the campaign as junior Sydney Lavan (Jackson, NJ/Jackson Memorial) made one save for the Blue & White.
The Hawks got on the board just 1:35 into the match when sophomore Miranda Konstantinides (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) lofted a free kick into the box, which junior Rachael Ivanicki (Marlboro, NJ/Colts Neck) headed over the arms of Canisius starting netminder Kailee De Franks for the early 1-0 lead, her fourth of the season.
MU doubled its advantage to 2-0 over the Golden Griffins just 33 seconds later as sophomore Rachelle Ross (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) crossed a ball from the endline that McTamney hammered home for her fourth of the year.
The Blue & White increased the lead to 3-0 in the 32nd minute Murphy buried the first of her two goals of the match, one-timing a free kick service from junior Allie Girardi (Syosset, NY/Syosset), for her second career assist.
Murphy registered her team-leading eighth goal of the year in the 69th minute, connecting off a pass from McTamney, while McTamney fed junior Julie Spracklin (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley Regional) from the touchline for Spracklin's first of the year, and 10th of her career.
Monmouth returns to action on Wednesday, September 30, when the Hawks travel to Iona for a MAAC contest at 3:00 p.m.
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