WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Midfielder Colin Stripling scored twice to lead the Monmouth University men to a 3-1 win over the University of Hartford Wednesday night, 3-1.

The redshirt senior’s first tally hit the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of the net in the 53rd minute to make it 2-0.

In the 89th minute, Stripling took the pass from freshman Dan Frisch-Harmon and placed it in the top left corner to seal the win for the Hawks (3-4-1).

Redshirt freshman John Antunes opened the scoring in the 15th minute to put Monmouth up 1-0, as his rocket shot found the top right of the net.

Freshman Santo Arena made his first career start and assisted on Antunes’ first career goal.

“I saw a lot of resilience tonight,” Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt said. “Hartford came out and kind of gave it to us a little bit in the second half, but my guys were really resilient, stayed strong, and got the just result in the end I think. We played some really difficult non-conference games, and to get this result heading into the conference is good for their psyche.”

Monmouth will travel to Rider University to open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference next Wednesday.