John Breaks Career Draw Controls Record In Loss Versus Monmouth
Recording a game high six draw controls in Central Connecticut's (0-12, 0-5) 21-5 home loss versus Monmouth (6-6, 4-1), senior Stephanie John broke the CCSU record for career draw controls with 105. The captain passed former Blue Devil standout Amy Clark who finished her career with 103. John is the only player in Central Connecticut history to compile 100 draw controls, 100 points and 100 ground balls. Sophomore Michele Conway led the CCSU scoring attack with one goal and one assist in the loss.
This one was not close for very long as the Hawks went out to a 9-2 lead and led 9-3 at halftime. Conway as well as freshman Ashley Perkoski and junior Lyndsey Mastandrea scored unassisted goals for the Blue Devils in the opening frame. Monmouth junior Ali Pollock led the way in the first half with an astounding five assists and one goal. Juniors Megan Brennan and Shawn Evans each tallied two goals for the Hawks in the first half.
Monmouth scored the first five goals of the second period with Evans and sophomore Molly O'Brien each netting two goals during the stretch. John broke up the run when she scored her team-leading 25th goal of the year on an assist from Conway. The Blue Devils would get one more score on an unassisted goal by freshman Ashley Mara, but the Hawks scored two more with under 30 seconds remaining to win 21-5.
John, Mara and sophomore Jessica Roberts each picked up two ground balls for CCSU, while sophomore Cara Momnie added four draw controls to give her 44 on the season. Senior captain Alice Lee totaled nine saves and one ground ball while playing 47 minutes in goal.
Pollock finished the game with three goals and eight assists for Monmouth, while O'Brien, Evans and Brennan each recorded four scores. O'Brien also added two assists and three ground balls for the Hawks. Pollock and junior Perry DeWitt had five draw controls each. Senior Monica Johnson picked up the win in goal, stopping seven shots, while playing in the first half. Sophomore Kirby Mondorf came in for the second half and made one save.
Central Connecticut will be heading on a two game road trip to Pennsylvania as they take on Robert Morris on Thursday April 9 at 4:00 p.m. and St. Francis (PA) on Saturday April 11 at 11:00 a.m. Monmouth will next be hosting Rutgers on Wednesday April 8 at 4:00 p.m.