A Season to RememberMUFH enjoyed its best season in program history
MUFH opened its 20th year of Division I field hockey with five-straight victories, including three shutouts. The Hawks, who did not trail in any of those games, did not allow a first-half goal until their meeting with No. 19 Iowa in their sixth game of the season.
Senior Alyssa Ercolino became the seventh player to join the 50-point club this season. The local product finished her career with 79 points (25 g, 29 a).
Junior Meg Donhue's five-point outburst at Temple entered her into the 50-point club. The third-year Hawk carries 64 points (23 g, 18 a) into her senior year.
The Hawks finished 3-0 against the Patriot League, outscoring Lehigh, Lafayette and Bucknell 10-0.
MU finished non-league play 9-2 (.818), the best non-conference record in its history. It marked the fourth time the Blue and White finished plus-.500 out of conference play.
MUFH snapped a six-game losing streak at Rider's Ben Cohen Field, a facility that opened in 2010, with a 3-2 win over the Broncs.
"I think it is super important that we got this win here [at Ben Cohen Field]. It means a lot not only for our team, but for all of our alumni that have played any game on this field." - Alyssa Ercolino
MUFH clinched the program's fourth conference Regular Season Title with a win over Fairfield and made its 12th league postseason berth.
Monmouth finished 9-0 during the regular season on So Sweet A Cat Field, its first undefeated year on its home turf. The Hawks also posted their first unblemished record in conference play, ending the year 6-0 in the MAAC.
The Hawks' defense recorded a program-best 10 shutouts. MU finished first in the nation in shutouts per game (0.50) and third in defensive saves (15).
Monmouth was home to seven All-MAAC Players, including five on the first team, while four Hawks landed five major awards.
Julie Laszlo was named the MAAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, while being named NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team. The defender became the second Hawk all-time to earn NFHCA All-American honors.
Alyssa Ercolino was tabbed the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year and joined Laszlo on the NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team.
For the second year in a row, Christen Piersanti was named the MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year. The junior, who earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors, also was lauded regionally on the NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Team.
Carli Figlio was voted by her peers as the unanimous MAAC Coach of the Year, her third coach of the year honor.
Julie Laszlo, Alyssa Ercolino, Christen Piersanti and Carli Figlio collecting their awards at the MAAC Field Hockey Awards Show.
Kelly Hanna's second goal with 7:12 left in the second overtime propelled MU past Rider in the semifinals and sent the Hawks to their seventh title game.
Georgia Garden Bachop scored with 10 seconds left in regulation to force overtime in the title game.
Against Fairfield in the championship game, Alyssa Ercolino tipped in her team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the year in the second overtime to start the celebration in West Long Branch.
Kelly Hanna, Julie Laszlo and Alyssa Ercolino were named to the All-MAAC Championship team, while Casey Hanna was tabbed the MVP.
For the second time in three years, the Hawks hosted the NCAA Play-In game on So Sweet A Cat Field as they took on UMass. The Hawks fell late, 4-3, to snap their program-best 10-game winning streak.
Monmouth finished the season with a program-best 17 wins. The Hawks downed VCU, Kent St., Cornell, and LIU Brooklyn for the first time, while earning wins over Lafayette (for the first time since 1997), Bucknell (for the first time since 2004) and Temple (for the first time since 2011).