Carroll Hat Trick a Treat for Field Hockey as MSU Downs King's, 4-1

Box Score

Montclair, NJ (10/30/10) – Freshman midfielder Brittany Carroll (Kingston, NY / Rondout Valley) collected her first career hat trick while senior Melissa Flaherty (Fishkill, NY / John Jay) added a goal and three assists as Montclair State posted its second straight victory, downing King’s College 4-1 at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) stopped five shots as the Red Hawks notched their 10th win of the season, improving to 10-6 overall. MSU registered 10 or more wins for the 11th consecutive season and the 12th time in program history.

Senior forward Danielle Terracciano (Columbus, NJ / Northern Burlington) scored for King’s, which suffered just its fourth loss in 18 outings this season. The Monarchs also had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Each team traded scoring chances within the first three minutes of the contest before Montclair got the first goal on the board at 15:22 of the opening period. Moving the ball down inside the circle, Flaherty moved along the right side before firing a shot from the top toward the goal. Carroll was there to redirect the tip in for her sixth of the season as MSU grabbed a 1-0 lead.

King’s answered back just over seven minutes later. Terracciano lifted a looping shot in the air over the head of Bosland, however MSU’s Kelly Churchill (Newton, NJ / Newton) stopped the ball from going in with a defensive save. The ball the trickled back up and Terracciano alertly tapped in the rebound for the goal, her 12th as the Monarchs tied the game at 1-1 with 12:17 to go before halftime. 

Montclair State countered with two goals in the final seven minutes of the first half. The Flaherty-Carroll connection struck again with 6:57 left. Off a penalty corner, Flaherty moved in along the right side before flipping a pass to Carroll in front for the goal as MSU regained the lead. Flaherty collected her goal with 55 seconds remaining putting a rebound into the cage as the Red Hawks took their 3-1 lead at the half. 

Carroll netted the hat trick with the only goal of the second half scoring at the 44:40 mark. Flaherty got the assist. 

Senior goalkeeper Erin McGinley (Kingston, PA / Wyoming Seminary) had eight saves for the Monarchs.

Montclair State outshot King’s 19-12 and had an 8-6 advantage in penalty corners. 

The Red Hawks return to action on Monday, November 1 as they take on Kean University in the completion of their suspended on September 22. In that game, Montclair was leading 3-0 with 7:53 to play in the first half when lightning and rain forced the game to be suspended. King’s now turns its attention toward the Freedom Conference Tournament as the Monarchs host FDU-Florham in the opening round on Wednesday, November 3 at 4:00 pm.