Monroe CC cruises to third Women's Lacrosse championship
May 12, 2013
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Monroe Community College (N.Y.) coasted to a 17-5 win over Anne Arundel CC (Md.) Sunday at DiMarco Field to win their third NJCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
Outshooting Anne Arundel 23-11, Monroe’s offense pressured Pioneers freshman goalkeeper Brittani Biddinger all afternoon. The Tribunes were led by five goals from freshman midfielder Molly Gray (right, #3)
while freshman midfielder Melanie Murphy scored four and sophomore attacker Keirsten MacLennan added three.
The Pioneers got off to a strong start and led Monroe 4-3 with 14:31 left in the first half. The Tribunes quickly turned things around however, scoring seven straight goals to close out the half with a 10-4 lead.
Monroe kept up their momentum in the second half with five more unanswered goals to go up 15-4 with 11:27 left. Sophomore midfielder Meghenn Jackson put the Pioneers back on the board with an unassisted goal at the 6:10 mark. Monroe would go on to score two more goals in the final four minutes to close out the 17-5 victory.
Courtney Reuter led the Tribunes with four assists and added two goals to the effort. Monroe also received goals from sophomore attacker Alexis Wilensky, freshman midfielder Elizabeth Lacomb and sophomore midfielder Hannah Barnett. Facing 11 shots on goal, Tribunes freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Cavallaro recorded six saves.
Anne Arundel was led in scoring by Jackson and freshman attacker Shannon O’Neal who each notched two goals. Jackson also tallied the Pioneers’ only assist of the game. The Pioneers dropped to 13-3 with the defeat.
Playing in their fifth consecutive championship game, Monroe won their third national title in the last four years. The Tribunes now join CCBC-Catonsville (Md.) as the schools with the most NJCAA women’s lacrosse championships.
In their Saturday semifinal against Harford CC (Md.), Monroe dominated the Owls in a 20-4 victory. The Tribunes completed their 2013 campaign with an unblemished 18-0 record.
Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Melanie Murphy (Monroe)
Most Outstanding Defensive Player
Leia Hayward (Monroe)
Coach of the Tournament
Craig Chamberlain (Monroe)
Hannah Barnett (Monroe)
Brittani Biddinger (Anne Arundel)
Sara Boothe (Anne Arundel)
Caitlin Cavallaro (Monroe)
Danielle Falck (Onondaga)
Molly Gray (Monroe)
Meghenn Jackson (Anne Arundel)
Sara Lebrun (Harford)
Keirsten MacLellan (Monroe)
Shannon O'Neal (Anne Arundel)
Courtney Reuter (Monroe)
Claire Wigler (Onondaga)