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Monmouth faces McKendree in opener

September 22, 2017

The Fighting Scots headed to Lebanon, Illinois on Saturday to take on the Bearcats of McKendree University for their first game of the season.

Things did not go as planned in the Scots’ first game without recently graduated All-American Raheem Brown, especially in the first half. McKendree got off to a hot start and led 4-0 after the first two minutes of the game. The Scots settled down after that and traded goals with McKendree to end the first quarter with a 5-1 deficit.

In the second quarter, the Scots could not find their rhythm as McKendree stayed hot with another four goals in the frame to put them up 9-1 just before halftime. With less than a minute to go, the Scots scored again to bring the deficit to seven goals at the half.
The Scots continued to look uncomfortable in the third quarter, and McKendree did not let up. The Bearcats scored three times before Monmouth could respond. The Bearcats then scored again to bring the gap back to ten. Monmouth answered with another goal to bring it to nine, but the Bearcats were able to score again just before the quarter ended to make it 13-3 going into the fourth.

In the fourth quarter, the Scots opened the scoring and the Bearcats answered. Monmouth came alive after this, scoring four unanswered goals with three coming from junior Jake Hall. However, the rally fell short as the first half deficit proved to be too large.

Although the final score was 14-8 with Monmouth losing, the Scots were able to draw 16 ejections in the game, showing that they can still be competitive without their leading scorer from last year. Hall led the scoring with four in the game as the Scots were also able to get goals from sophomores Kurt Holzer and Danny Milosevich, and senior Sebastian Hernandez.

The Scots will take a trip to Washington, PA this weekend to compete in the Washington and Jefferson Tournament.

Sebastian Hernandez
Distributions Manager

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