Strong 2nd Half Propels Field Hockey Past Susquehanna, 3-1

Selinsgrove, PA (9/19/09) – Junior forward Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) and senior Megan Walsh (Lumberton, NJ / Rancocas Valley) each netted a goal and assist over the final 35 minutes as Montclair State used a strong second-half surge for a 3-1 victory over Susquehanna University at Sassafras Fields on Saturday afternoon.

Jessica Murphy (West Long Branch, NJ / Shore Regional) also added a goal as the Red Hawks improved to 4-2 on the season.

Sophomore forward Heather Moore (Columbus, N.J./Peddie) scored the only goal for Susquehanna off a pass from freshman midfielder Allison Abey (Ewing, N.J./Ewing) in the13th minute of the first half as the Crusaders fell to 2-5.

Moore gave Susquehanna the lead at the 12:56 mark as she tipped in a shot by Abey over the goalkeeper and into the right corner of the cage. Montclair State had a 3-2 advantage in shots in the second half, but could not manage anything past Crusader keeper Erin Ferguson (Mount Laurel, NJ / Seneca).

In the second half, the Red Hawks clamped down on defense allowing just one shot while offensively it put the pressure on Susquehanna outshooting the Crusaders 9-1.  MSU would get the equalizer 5:07 into the second half as Walsh put a centering pass into the circle where Hagel was able to redirect the ball into the cage for the 1-1 tie.

Fifteen minutes later, Montclair would get the go-ahead score as Walsh knocked a shot underneath Ferguson’s pads for her first of the season.

Murphy would make the final score as MSU was awarded a penalty corner as time expired. The Red Hawks made the most of the opportunity as Murphy banged in a pass from Hagel off the corner.

Ferguson finished with three saves while Montclair’s Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) stopped on shot.

Next up for Montclair State is a home meeting with Drew University on Wednesday, September 23 beginning at 7:00 pm.