Field Hockey Snaps Skid; Blanks No. 15 Stevens, 1-0

Hoboken, NJ (10/30/08) –Junior Megan Walsh (Lumberton, NJ / Rancocas Valley) scored at the 48:17 mark of the second half for what turned out to be the only goal as Montclair State snapped its six-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over 15th-ranked Stevens at the DeBaun Athletic Complex on Thursday evening.

Junior Melissa Buttray (Lincoln Park, NJ / Boonton) had an assist as the Red Hawks won for the first time since September 24. MSU is now 9-6 with three games remaining.

Stevens suffered their second consecutive home loss as the Ducks are now 15-3 overall.

The first half was back and forth as Montclair controlled possession but neither team had many strong scoring chances. The best chance came for Montclair after a corner, but the shot was stopped and the attempt off the rebound sailed wide. The Red Hawks ended the first half with a 4-1 advantage in shots and a 3-0 advantage in penalty corners.

In the second half, Stevens controlled the ball and field position but could not maintain strong, quality possessions in the circle and had trouble getting good scoring chances. The Ducks held a 6-0 advantage in penalty corners in the second stanza and shots were even at four apiece, but Walsh and the Red Hawks were able to put the ball in the net at 48:17 for the win.

Montclair (9-6) ended the contest with an 8-5 advantage in shots as the Ducks ended with a 6-4 edge in corners. Sophomore Ellyn Griggs took the loss in goal for Stevens. She was credited with three saves. Emina Udrjia (West Paterson, NJ / Passaic Valley) got the win for Montclair as the junior did not have to save one shot.

The Red Hawks return home on Saturday to take on 12th-ranked Cortland at Sprague Field. It will be a "Pink" Day at Sprague Field as Montclair will help raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. The Red Hawks will be wearing and selling T-Shirts as well as charging admission which will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund.