Hagel Hat Trick a Treat as Field Hockey Tops WPU, 6-1

Montclair, NJ (10/31/09) – Junior forward Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) recorded her second hat trick of the season while senior Justine DiPaolo (Lanoka Harbor, NJ / Lacey) and junior Jessica Murphy (West Long Branch, NJ / Shore Regional) each added a goal and assist as Montclair State topped backyard rival William Paterson, 6-1 in a New Jersey Athletic Conference matchup at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Megan Walsh (Lumberton, NJ / Rancocas Valley) had a goal for the Red Hawks, who moved to 11-6 on the year with their second straight victory and fifth in their last seven outings. MSU is now 3-2 in the NJAC.

Junior midfielder Amanda Sheehan (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) had the lone goal for William Paterson, which had its three-game winning streak snapped with the loss. The Pioneers fell to 9-8 overall, 2-3 in the conference.

The Red Hawks nearly got on the board three minutes into the game as Hagel put forth a shot from the left side that was swiped away by Mary O’Connor (Ramsey, NJ / Ramsey) on the defensive save. However Montclair would break through seven minutes later. Off a penalty corner, Melissa Buttray (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) fired a shot from the right side that was deflected by Walsh in front for the goal as MSU took a 1-0 lead at the 10:20 mark.

Hagel would do all of the work in extending the lead at 17:06, intercepting a clearing pass deep inside the WP zone. She weaved around two defenders before reverse chipping the ball through the legs of Christina Auger (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Hills) as Montclair held a 2-0 advantage.

Murphy made it 3-0 with 4:18 to go before halftime as she collected her sixth of the year off an assist from DiPaolo.  Meanwhile the Red Hawks defense shut down the Pioneers allowing just one shot over the first 35 minutes while mustering 11 of its own.

Hagel added her second goal 4:10 into the second period as got the hat trick at the 43:46 mark as she took a pass from Diana Colombo (Westampton, NJ / Rancocas Valley) and scored her 13th of the season.

Sheehan would help the Pioneers avert the shutout as William Paterson got on the board at the 47:07 mark. Chelsea Winklespecht (Sicklerville, NJ / Washington Township) moved in along the right side and flipped the ball to Sheehan, who knocked in the pass for her eighth tally of the year.

DiPaolo would account for the final Montclair score as she too registered her eighth of the season with 1:56 to play.

Freshman goalkeepers Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) and Noell Gomez (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) combined on the victory with Gomez making the lone save as MSU outshot William Paterson 21-3. Auger made seven first-half stops before giving way to Meghan Trivett (Highlands, NJ / Middletown North), who made four in the second half.

Both teams close out their regular-season schedules with road conference contests. The Pioneers are in Union, NJ on Tuesday, November 3 to face Kean in a 7:30 contest. Montclair State is at Richard Stockton the following day (November 4) at 3:30 pm.