Montclair, NJ (9/6/09) – Junior defender Jessica Murphy (West Long Branch, NJ / Shore Regional) scored twice and assisted on another goal as Montclair State posted its second straight victory with a 7-0 triumph over Rensselaer at Sprague Field on Sunday afternoon.
Seniors Megan Pietrunti (Middletown, NJ / Red Bank Catholic) and Melissa Buttray (Lincoln Park, NJ / Boonton) and junior Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) each had a goal and an assist as the Red Hawks are now 2-1 in the early stages of the 2009 campaign.
Sophomore goalkeeper Briana Earle (Baldwinsville, NY / C.W. Baker) made 10 saves for the Engineers, who fell to 0-3 on the year.
Montclair wasted little time getting on the board as Buttray netted her first goal of the season. Off a penalty corner, Murphy fired a shot from the left side of the circle toward the cage where Buttray was able to redirect in 92 seconds into the contest. Murphy would make the score 2-0 just over five minutes later as she blasted a shot from the left side inside the near post for her first score of the year.
Sophomore Chelsea Keelen (Middletown, NJ / Middletown South) extended the lead to 3-0 at the 32:29 mark of the first period scoring off an assist from Pietrunti as MSU took the three-goal lead into the break.
Pietrunti would convert a penalty stroke 3:15 into the second half and Hagel pushed the lead to 5-0 at 41:43 as she registered her first goal of the season. Murphy added her second of the game five minutes later lofting a high-arcing shot that got over the head of the keeper and into the back of the cage as Montclair’s advantage grew to six with 23:21 left.
Kelly Montgomery (Ocean, NJ / Ocean Township) accounted for the final Montclair State scoring with her first goal at the 48:20 mark.
Montclair State is now off until Saturday, September 12 when the Red Hawks host Muhlenberg College at Sprague Field beginning at 12:30 pm. RPI is back in Troy, NY on Wednesday, September 9 as the Engineers host Hartwick College at 7:00 pm.