Throgs Neck, NY (4/25/09) – Sophomore midfielder Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) scored five goals while junior Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) and sophomore Tyler Meth (Basking Ridge, NJ / Ridge) added three and four goals, respectively as Montclair State closed out its regular-season with a 15-9 win over New York Maritime on Saturday.
The Red Hawks (11-4) completed their second straight undefeated Skyline regular season at 5-0 and will face Farmingdale in the opening round of the conference tournament on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 pm. MSU won the first contest 16-8 in Farmingdale on March 28.
The game’s first goal was not scored until two seconds left in the opening quarter, on a man-up play by Montclair’s Tyler Meixner (Hamburg, NJ / Vernon). Both teams were playing tough defense and had solid goaltender play. The Red Hawks took a 2-0 advantage two minutes into the second quarter, but Maritime’s Lawrence Montreuil (New Hyde Park, NY/New Hyde Park) cut the lead in half only 36 seconds later. Andrew Marklin (St. James, NY/Smithtown) assisted on the goal. Montclair rattled off the next 3 goals though, to take a 5-1 lead. Bonner scored twice and Sinicola added his first of the game. A penalty on the Red Hawks gave Maritime a man-up chance with less than 2 minutes in the half, and Montreuil found the back of the net for his second of the night. Rob Lenseth (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) was credited with the assist. The goal put Maritime down only 3 (5-2) at the half.
Things were looking positive for the Privateers, as Stephen Doherty (Yorktown, NY/Lakeland) opened the scoring in the third quarter, cutting the lead down to 5-3. But Montclair tallied three straight to regain a five-goal lead, but the Privateers never went away. They scored three of the next four goals to pull to 9-6, two of which were scored by Lenseth and the other by Steve Hackeling (Huntington, NY/Cold Spring Harbor). Mario Passafiume (Boonton, NJ / Mountain Lakes) gave Montclair a 10-6 lead heading into the final quarter, on a goal scored with only 20 seconds showing on the clock.
Down to the final 15 minutes, the Privateers opened the quarter with a score from Doherty, but Montclair once again had an answer, scoring two more to take a 12-7 lead with just under 8 minutes to play. Alex Korb (Islip, NY/Islip) and Michael Hanratty (Floral Park, NY/Floral Park) kept Maritime within 3 at 12-9, but the Privateers were unable to score again. Montclair closed the game with three straight, sealing an undefeated conference slate for the second straight season.
Colin Gallagher (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) made nine saves in the loss, while Thomas Bowers (Hamburg, NJ / Pope John XXIII) made 15 for the Red Hawks. Rob Lenseth, Stepehn Doherty, and Lawrence Montreuil each scored twice, while Lenseth added two assists.At the end of conference play, three teams are currently 2-3 in the conference; Kean, Maritime, and Farmingdale. The first tiebreaker is head to head competition, but all three teams beat each other. The second tiebreaker is win/loss against the teams above them (the first and second place teams) but all three were 0-2 against both Montclair and Richard Stockton. The third tiebreaker is goals allowed against the teams in the tie, and Kean had the least with 18. Kean earned the 3rd spot with that tiebreaker, leaving Maritime and Farmingdale for the final spot. Reverting back to the first tiebreaker, Farmingdale’s head-to-head victory over the Privateers gave them the edge, and the 4 seed in the conference tournament.