Ewing, NJ (10/24/09) - Montclair State
University spoiled The College of New Jersey’s homecoming as the Red
Hawks held off the Lions 16-13 on Saturday.
TCNJ had a chance to force overtime, but saw its bid on a 28-yard field goal sail wide in the final minute as Montclair remained undefeated in New Jersey Athletic Conference play.
The Lions turned in its best defensive performance of the season allowing a season-low 16 points and held the Red Hawks to only 32 yards rushing on 29 carries. TCNJ’s defensive unit also set up the potential game-tying field goal stuffing the Red Hawks and a 3rd-and-1 deep in Montclair territory forcing a punt.
Montclair led 16-6 heading into the final quarter as kicker Marco Capozzoli (Bloomfield, NJ/St. Joseph’s) gave his team that lead on a 44-yard field goal late in the third.
The Lions pulled to within three points 5:22 into the fourth quarter as freshman Kevin Brown (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) carried a pair of Red Hawk defenders into the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown run and a successful point after.
Montclair scored the game’s first 13 points as Capozzoli hit two field goals (42 and 47 yards) sandwiched around a 41-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ/Livingston) to Byron Lewin (Carteret, NJ/Carteret).
TCNJ countered in the latter stages of the half as quarterback Chris James (Brick, NJ/Brick) fired a five-yard strike to Chase Misiura (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel). James set up the score with a key 17-yard rush, which was followed by a personal foul penalty on the Red Hawks that put the Lions deep in Red Hawk Territory.
Montclair aided its cause by forcing three turnovers, but was also flagged for 11 penalties for 106 yards.
James finished the game going 20-for-34 for 176 yards with a touchdown and those two interceptions.
For the Red Hawks, Fischer finished 15-for-26 through the air for 137 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Lewin accounted for most of those yards with 109 yards on seven catches.
On defense for the Lions, Greg Burns (Hamilton, NJ/Hamilton West), Matthew Krieder (Delran, NJ/Delran), and James Kleen (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) all contributed with 5.5 tackles.
Topping Montclair’s defense was senior linebacker Brian Tweer (Butler, NJ/Butler) with 12 tackles, including three solo.
Montclair State returns to action next Saturday, October 31 as they return to Sprague Field for a 6:00 pm matchup with Western Connecticut.