February 26, 2011

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Feirstein's Fourth Clinches It for Monmouth

from press release

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Monmouth University (1-1) lacrosse team came from behind to defeated the Columbia University (0-1), 9-8, Saturday afternoon at Kessler Field.  

Senior Rachel Feirstein (St. James, N.Y./Smithtown East) scored her fourth goal of the game, the game winner, with 1:55 remaining and goalkeeper Kirby Mundorf (Cambridge, Md./Seton Keough) made two saves within the last ten seconds to preserve the win.  MU improves to 1-1 with the win while the Lions fall to 0-1 on the year.

The Lions' Kacie Johnson scored with 2:12 on a wrap around to tie the score at 8-8.  MU responded 17 seconds later as Feirstein converted her second free position, beating Columbia goalkeeper Karlee Blank low to push the Hawks ahead, 9-8.

Columbia jumped ahead 3-0 within the first seven minutes of the game.  Monmouth answered and cut the lead to 3-1 with 21:47 left in the first half when senior Rachel Feirstein (St. James, N.Y./Smithtown East) took a feed from junior Erica Abendschoen (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) and beat Blank.

Columbia answered two minutes later when Olivia Mann registered her second goal of the game and pushed the Lions lead to 4-1.

With 16:54 left in the first, junior Olivia Salata (Broomall, Pa./Archbishop) found senior Kaitlin Feeney (Baltimore, Md. (Townson) who found the back of the net to cut the lead to two, 4-2.  MU continued their offensive attack as Feirstein fired a laser beyond the eight meter 1:54 later to put the Hawks within one.

Columbia halted the Hawks run with 11:59 left in the half as Paige Cuscovitch gave the Lions a two goal advantage.  Less than a minute later, the Hawks controlled the draw control as Salata took it the unassisted and placed in the top right corner of the net to cut the lead to 5-4.

Gianna D'Urso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) knotted the game at 5-5 with just over three minutes left in the half, as the sophomore converted a free position.

The Lions started the second half as they scored twice within the first five minutes to regain a two goal advantaged.  Sophomore Molly O'Brien (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville) took a feed from junior Lynn White (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) to bring the Hawks within one, 6-5, with 24:25 remaining.  O'Brien then tied the game six minutes later as she beat Blank low to knot the game at 7-7.

Monmouth took its first lead of the game with 14:29 remaining as Feirstein found the back of the cage to push the Hawks ahead 8-7.

Feirstein filled out the stats sheet with four goals on six shots with five ground balls and three draw controls.  O'Brien had a pair of goals with two ground balls and two draws.  Mundorf had 10 saves in the win for MU.

Columbia was led by Johnson, Custovitch and Mann, each who had two goals.  MU outshot Columbia 26-20 while earning a 12-7 advantage in draw controls.  Blank had 12 saves in net for the Lions.

The Hawks return to action as the welcome the Leopards of Lafayette to Kessler Field on Wednesday, March  2nd for a 3 p.m. start.


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