Field Hockey Suffers First Loss

Montclair, NJ (9/27/08) – Senior forward Amanda Greene (Thorofare, NJ / Gloucester) scored the decisive goal with 20:29 remaining in the second half as seventh-ranked Rowan handed 12 th-ranked Montclair State its first loss of the season with a 2-1 victory in a New Jersey Athletic Conference contest at Sprague Field on Saturday evening.

Lauren Ross ( Gloucester City, NJ / Gloucester) had a goal for the Profs, who improved to 5-2 overall this season and 2-0 in the NJAC.

Senior defender Jenna Gallo ( Voorhees, NJ / Eastern) had a goal for the MSU, which fell to 8-1 on the year in dropping their NJAC opener.

Rowan jumped out to a 1-0 lead 5:25 into the game as off a penalty corner. Kacey Ehret ( Collingswood, NJ / Collingswood) took the insert from Jen Lipnickey ( Chester, NJ / West Morris Mendham) and fired a shot toward the cage. Ross, sitting three yards out on the left side, redirected the shot into the lower left portion for her sixth goal of the year.

Montclair State would answer back five minutes later on a penalty corner of its own. Justine DiPaolo ( Lanoka Harbor, NJ / Lacey) put a shot on goal that keeper Lisa Apt (Mays Landing, NJ / Oakcrest) initially saved. But the rebound came back out to Gallo, who banged home the rebound for her first of the season and a 1-1 tie 10:24 into the contest.

Apt would make three more saves in the first half while MSU keeper Emina Udrjia ( West Paterson, NJ / Passaic Valley) made one as the game was knotted at the break.

In the second half, the teams battled back-and-forth until Rowan was able to come up with the game-winner on Greene’s team-leading eight goal of the season.

Apt made three more saves, including the biggest in the closing minute. Montclair’s Megan Pietrunti ( Middletown, NJ / Red Bank Catholic) moved along the end line on the right side before crossing a pass onto the stick of Deana Hagel ( Fairfield, NJ / West Essex). Hagel put a shot toward the left side of the cage that appeared to be headed in only to see Apt make a diving save to keep the Profs ahead.

Apt finished with eight saves for Rowan, which was outshot in the game 11-8. Udrjia made four for Montclair State as the two teams had five penalty corners apiece.

Montclair State returns to action on Tuesday, September 30 as the Red Hawks travel to Ewing, NJ to face The College of New Jersey at 7:30 pm in Lions Stadium. Rowan is back home in Glassboro the next day to face Stevens at 7:30 pm.