Women's Lacrosse Rolls Past kean

Union, NJ (4/18/09) – Montclair State University sophomore attack Kayla Henderson (Landing, N.J.) scored a game-high five goals to lead the Red Hawks to a 21-6 victory over host Kean University in New Jersey Athletic Conference and Skyline Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

Senior attack Stephanie Cirino and rookie Nicole Torre (Toms Rivers, N.J.) each had two goals for the Cougars (6-8 overall, 4-1 Skyline, 1-3 NJAC). 

Junior midfielder Morgan MacPhee (Toms Rivers, N.J.) had four goals and two assists for the Red Hawks (5-8 overall, 4-1 Skyline, 1-1 NJAC). The Red Hawks scored the first nine goals of the game, as sophomore attack Meghan Spitzer (Mount Olive, N.J.) netted four goals in that opening run.

Kean junior Julie Bachovchin (Piscataway, N.J.) got the Cougars on the board with a free position shot with 11:35 remaining in the opening half, and Kean netted two more goals to trim the deficit to 9-3 with just under five minutes to go in the half.  The Red Hawks responded with four unanswered goals the rest of the half to take a 13-3 lead at halftime, as Henderson scored three times in the final 3:38 of the half.

The Cougars scored the first goal of the second half, as freshman Heather Murphy (Brick, N.J.) tallied the free position shot to trim the lead back to single digits (13-4).  However, Montclair State reeled off seven straight goals to extend the lead to 20-4 en-route to the 21-6 win. 

Freshman midfielder Cora Delfini (New Egypt, N.J.) added three goals, three assists and four caused turnovers for MSU, while senior midfielder Marykate DiBenedetto (Cinnaminson, N.J.) had two goals and two assists.  In goal, sophomore Tracey Manella (Hawthorne, N.J.) and freshman Christina Crossin (Milford, Conn.) split time and combined for nine saves for the Red Hawks. 

Rookie Gina Petrizzo (Hopatcong, N.J.) made eight saves in 52 minutes of action for Kean. Cirino picked up three draw controls and two groundballs, while junior Chelsea Davis (Livingston, N.J.) had a team-high four groundballs and four caused turnovers for the Cougars.

Montclair State returns to action on Tuesday, April 21 as the Red Hawks take on nationally-ranked The College of New Jersey at Lions Stadium in Ewing, NJ.