Montclair, NJ (5/9/10) – In arguably the finest season in the history of the men’s lacrosse program at Montclair State, the Red Hawks will add another honor as it will host Endicott College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Wednesday, May 12 at Sprague Field. Game time is set for 6:00 pm.
It will be the first time that NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse action comes to MSU as Montclair will be making just its second appearance in the national tournament. The winner of the game will head to Tufts University (16-1) for the second round on Saturday, May 15
Montclair State (15-3), earned its way into the NCAAs 23-team field for the second consecutive year by capturing the Skyline Conference championship and earning the league’s automatic bid. MSU defeated Kean University, 12-8 in the title game behind the five-goal effort from junior Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex)who scored five goals in that contest.
Likewise, Endicott also entered via the automatic bid as the Gulls (13-7) defeated New England College, 11-6 to capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference title. Brad Lipkvich and freshman Connor McCormack each tallied three goals apiece while goalkeeper Eric Hagarty made 14 saves as Endicott advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in its history.
The teams are not new to each other however it has been 11 years since they last squared off. Back in 1999, Montclair topped the Gulls 17-5 at Sprague Field. The teams also share a common opponent in Stevens. Endicott fell to the Ducks, 7-6 at home while Montclair posted an 8-5 win on March 20. It was MSU’s first win over Stevens since the 2000 campaign.
Both teams come in on a roll. Endicott has won its last five while Montclair has won 14 in a row last falling to Eastern Connecticut in overtime on March 12. The 15 victories by MSU this season ties the school record set by the 1989 squad that went a perfect 15-0 but had to settle for an ECAC Championship. Montclair also garnered its first national ranking in school history as the Red Hawks climbed to No. 17 in the USILA poll.
Montclair State and Endicott were both well represented on their respective All-Conference Teams.
Senior midfielder Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) was selected as the Skyline Conference Player of the Year while head coach John Greco was named Coach of the Year after leading MSU to its third straight undefeated conference slate while capturing the league title for the second time in as many years. Senior defender Pat Ferry (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) earned his fourth honor as the Red Hawks placed a total of eight players on the team, including five on the First Team. Joining Bonner and Ferry on the First Team were sophomore Tyler Meth (Basking Ridge, NJ / Ridge) and Sinicola on attack as well as defenseman Anthony Dzienkiewicz (Jackson, NJ / Jackson). Senior defender Collin Marsh (Asbury, NJ / North Hunterdon) and goalkeeper Andrew Rosado (Elmwood Park, NJ / St. Joseph’s (Montvale)) were named to the Second Team along with midfielder Douglas Kennedy (Rumson, NJ / Rumson-Fair Haven).
Hagarty (.718 GAA, 172 SVS, .585 SV%) was named the Commonwealth Coast Defensive Player of the Year while Lipkvich (34 GLS, 7 AST, 41 PTS) was named to the First Team. Leading scorer Jack Curtis (18 GLS, 31 AST, 49 PTS) was named Second Team while Jonathan Prentice (36 GLS, 42 PTS) was chosen Honorable Mention.
Last year, Montclair State fell to Cabrini College in the opening round 17-3 in Radnor, PA.