Freshman Meaghan McCurry scored three goals, but Central Connecticut State University fell to Monmouth on the road by a score of 15-9. The Blue Devils fall to 4-8 on the season with the defeat, while the Hawks improve to 7-7 with the victory. CCSU will next return home to host St. Francis (PA) on April 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Monmouth scored the first 10 goals of the game to take a lead that proved to be too much for Central to come back from. The Blue Devils did, however, outscore the Hawks from the 5:00 mark in the first half until the end of the game by a count of 9-5.
Freshman Mackenzy Ryan got CCSU on the board when she scored off of an assist by junior Jessica Roberts with 4:00 to play in the opening frame. Roberts kept the Central scoring going with a goal of her own off of a free position attempt just before the break. Monmouth led 10-2 heading into the locker rooms.
The Hawks got things going again to start the second period with three straight scores within the first 10 minutes of play. McCurry connected on her first of three on the day with an unassisted goal to make it 13-3 at 15:00.
Then junior Michele Conway, McCurry and senior Lyndsey Mastandrea each recorded free position goals during Central's 4-1 run to make it 14-6 with just under eight minutes to play. Mastandrea and McCurry scored again before sophomore Ashley Mara finished the game with a free position goal to make it 15-9.
Sophomore Ashley Perkoski led the Blue Devils with three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Mara recorded a team high six draw controls in the defeat. Sophomore Erin DeLancey tallied 10 saves, playing all 60 minutes in the goal for CCSU.