Manhattan Goes For Third Straight Win On ESPN3
RIVERDALE, NY – After notching victories over Iona and Siena last week, the Manhattan College women’s lacrosse team (5-9, 2-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) will go for its third straight win on Wednesday, when it visits Monmouth (4-10, 2-3 MAAC) at 3 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The Jaspers have won consecutive games for the first time in four seasons and are looking to make it three straight for the first time since April 14-19, 2009. Manhattan hasn’t won three MAAC contests in a row since the 2005 campaign.
Molly Fitzpatrick (Yorktown, NY), who scored the game-winner in the 10-9 double overtime triumph over Iona, paces the Jaspers with 31 goals, 16 assists and 47 points. Darby Nolan (Oak Ridge, NJ) has contributed 24 goals, while Sarah Lang (Golden’s Bridge, NY) has handed out 14 assists. Caitlin Murphy (Carmel, NY) has a team-high 47 draw controls to go along with 27 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. Hailey Siemek (Bel Air, MD), meanwhile, has collected 26 ground balls and leads the team with 17 caused turnovers. Emma Kaishian (Yorktown, NY) is Manhattan’s leader in ground balls with 35. Goalkeeper Nikki Prestiano (Yorktown Heights, NY) (5-9) earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after going 2-0 with 22 saves last week. Her 9.71 saves per game are fourth-most in the league.
Monmouth has dropped three straight, including a 13-8 loss at Niagara on Saturday. Olivia Higson leads the Hawks with 30 goals, while Nicole Ceraso has distributed 24 assists and ranks fourth in the MAAC with 1.71 assists per game. Caroline Corbliss has collected a team-best 27 ground balls to go along with 41 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers. Monica Cortes, meanwhile, has 26 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers this season. Riley Brager (3-9) has seen a majority of the time in goal. She’s made 116 saves and boasts a 13.79 goals against average.Manhattan is currently tied for the sixth and final spot in the MAAC Tournament with two games remaining in the regular season. The Jaspers haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2009.