Montclair, NJ (8/18/10) – The Montclair State field hockey team was picked to finish third as the New Jersey Athletic Conference released its 2010 Preseason Coaches Poll on Wednesday.
The Red Hawks were selected to finish behind defending league champion Rowan and The College of New Jersey. Montclair State also received one first-place vote. William Paterson was fourth followed by Kean University, Richard Stockton, which was picked as the league's "Dark Horse" team and Ramapo.
The 2009 Red Hawks placed third in the NJAC regular season with a 4-2 conference record in 2009 and captured the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship for the third time in four years. Montclair ended the year at 15-6 overall. . Under the
Montclair State returns a trio of all-conference performers from its ECAC Championship squad including senior forward Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex), senior back Jessica Murphy (West Long Branch, NJ / Shore Regional), and the reigning NJAC Rookie of the Year in sophomore goaltender Megan Bosland (Lincoln Park, NJ / Boonton).
Hagel was one of the top scorers in the NJAC last season as she put together one of the top offensive seasons by a Red Hawk player in the past decade. The First-Team All-NJAC selection led the team in scoring with 39 points, a figure that ranked second in the NJAC. A three-time Offensive Player of the Week pick by the league, Hagel scored 17 goals, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. Included in Hagel's total were a pair of hat tricks, including one against William Paterson in a 6-1 victory on October 31. She ranked third in goals and eighth in assists in the NJAC. Hagel was also an NFHCA All-Region pick.
Murphy was a two-time NJAC Defensive Player of the Weekin 2009 and was an integral part of a defensive unit that allowed the fewest number of goals in the NJAC last season (21). In addition she has contributed on the offensive end scoring seven goals and adding two assists for 16 points.
Bosland appeared in 20 games starting
19 of them. She made 51 saves and recorded three shutouts while
registering a goals against average of 0.89 which not only led the NJAC
but was the fourth-best in Division III in 2009. That number was the
second-best single-season goals against average in program history. In
the final six games of the year – all MSU wins – she allowed just two
goals and posted four shutouts, including three straight in the ECAC