Dover, DE (11/27/10) - Montclair State's run in the NCAA Division III Playoffs came to an end on Saturday as the Red Hawks fell to No. 1 overall seed and third-ranked Wesley College, 44-7 in the second round at Scott D. Miller Stadium.
The loss ended the Red Hawks' season at 10-2 as Montclair matched the single-season record for wins with its second straight and fifth 10-win season in program history.
Wesley, which now advances to the quarterfinals next week against Mary-Hardin Baylor, took advantage of three MSU turnovers as the Wolverines (11-0) turned those miscues in to 17 points, including one on the opening drive as Marcus Wilson returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead 2:20 into the contest.
Junior Dan Keegan (Fairfield, NJ / Fairfield) scored the lone touchdown for Montclair as he pulled in a 25-yard pass from James Melody (Union, NJ / Union) in the fourth quarter. Defensively, senior linebacker Ed Kirschenbaum (Lake Como, NJ / Manasquan) had 15 tackles, inlcuding three for losses and a forced fumble. Senior safety Mario McLean(Montville, NJ / Montville) added 14 tackles while cornerback Gary Knoeppel (West Long Branch, NJ / Shore Regional) added 10 tackles.
MSU was making its 10th appearance overall and second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Playoffs. The Red Hawks matched the single-season win mark set by the 1981 squad and equalled in 1985, 1986 and 2009. It is the second time that Montclair had posted back-to-back 10-win campaigns.