Mansfield, CT (3/12/10) - In a battle of 2009 NCAA tournament teams and conference champions, Eastern Connecticut snapped a three-game losing streak at the hands of Montclair State with its second one-goal in three days, 11-10 in overtime Friday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex
Senior crease attack Vinny Tornatore (Norwalk)scored his second goal of the match 2:24 into sudden-death overtime with a shot from in front of the cage on an assist from freshman attack Matthew Janssen (Hillsborough, NJ) to end the match. The lead was only Eastern’s second of the match and first since the Warriors led 5-4 with 3:20 left in the first half.
Matthew Prongay (Edison, NJ / Edison), Tyler Meth (Basking Ridge, NJ / Ridge) and Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) each scored two goals for Montclair State which fell to 1-3 on the season. The Red Hawks' three losses this year have come by a combined five goals.
Montclair led 4-1 late in the first quarter and 9-7 with nine minutes left in the game after Meth scored his team-leading 11 goal of the season. Trailing 10-9, Eastern tied the match for the fourth time in the match when senior midfielder Zach Malouf (Norwich) scored on a pass from junior attack Grant Albertson (New Canaan)with just 85 seconds left in regulation.
Montclair started the overtime period with possession and a man up after Eastern was whistled for a push with eight seconds left in regulation. The Red Hawks were unable to capitalize on three overtime possessions, with two of their shots blocked by Eastern defenders. Eastern cleared the ball successfully, then called time out to set up the winning goal.
Making his second career start, Eastern freshman netminder Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA) recorded seven saves to earn his first career win in his first career decision. Eastern junior faceoff specialist Eric Vasil (Southington) won 22 of 24 faceoffs to improve his nation-leading percentage to .850 (68-for-80) and also picked up 13 ground balls. Vasil, the team-leader with 53 ground balls, led Division III last year in faceoff percentage and ground balls.
The Red Hawks are back in action on Monday, March 15 as they return home to face Wesleyan University at 4:30 pm.