Field Hockey Reaches NCAA Championship Game
In what was perhaps the best overall fall season in the history of Montclair State athletics, the Red Hawk field hockey team topped the list, posting the finest season in its 52-year existence.
The field hockey squad became the first Montclair State women’s team in program history to play for the national championship after advancing to the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship in Geneva, N.Y., in November. Montclair fell to Tufts University, 2-1, in the final to finish as the Division III championship runner-up.
Montclair State won a program-record 22 games, including 20 straight—the third-longest run in athletic history, ending the season and post season 22-2. The Red Hawks captured their first New Jersey Athletic Conference championship and were ranked in every national poll finishing the year at No. 2.
Montclair placed three players on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-America Team led by senior goalkeeper Megan Bosland, who was selected to the First Team, becoming only the second Montclair player to receive that honor. Senior Kate Norgard and junior Jennifer Tafro were chosen to the Second Team. Head Coach Beth Gottung was named the Coach of the Year in the NJAC and was selected as the South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the NFHCA.