Union, NJ (4/17/10) – Senior attack Patrick Nann (Livingston, NJ / Livingston)
scored a pair of goals as Montclair State, ranked 18th in Division III,
held off a furious rally by Kean University in the fourth quarter for a
7-6 Skyline Conference victory on Saturday evening.
Junior Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) had a goal and two assists for the Red Hawks, who won their ninth straight win. MSU is now 10-3 overall while more importantly remaining unbeaten in the Skyline at 3-0.
The games proved to be another in a recent series of thrilling games between the two teams the last two-plus seasons. Ironically the final score was the same as last year's Skyline Championship contest won by MSU at Sprague Field. In fact in the last four meetings the games have been decided by a goal three times and two goals once. Kean won the first of those four, 8-7 in the 2008 Skyline final with Montclair winning the last three by scores of 6-4, 7-6 and 7-6.
Montclair State controlled the first half as they headed into the break with a 5-2 lead, aided by a four goal second quarter. Nann provided two goals in the span. Kean’s bright spot in the second quarter came as senior Jazimar Bailey (Hoboken, N.J.) scored as Kean was a man down.
But Kean surged late in the fourth quarter as Mike Terry (Maplewood, N.J.) scored off an assist from Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.) to put the score at 7-4. In the final minute of action, KU scored a quick goal by Bailey off an MSU turnover to pull within two. Just 14 seconds later and with 23 seconds to go, the Cougars pulled within one as Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.) took a pass from Bailey. After winning the final faceoff, Kean had one last attempt at tying the match, but the shot sailed wide for the final.
Keeper John Gesumaria (Cranford, N.J.) had seven saves in the loss while Red Hawk keeper Andrew Rosado (Elmwood Park, NJ / St. Joseph's (Montvale)) made eight in the win.
The Red Hawks are back in action on Monday, April 19 as they travel to Mount St. Vincent for a 7:00 pm Skyline Conference matchup with the Dolphins in Riverdale, NY.