Montclair, NJ (2/26/11) – The Montclair State men's lacrosse team held a moment of silence to remember the loss of John Greco prior to its season-opening contest on Saturday. The Red Hawks then went out and honored their fallen coach downing Muhlenberg College, 9-5 at Sprague Field.
Sophomore attack Jack Skeels (Roseland, NJ/West Essex) and freshman midfielder Trevor Teel (Oakland, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) both scored a pair of goals with senior midfielder Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ/West Essex) adding a score and four assists as Montclair State opened its 2011 season with its 11th straight regular season home victory and the 15th triumph in its last 16 home contests, dating back to 2009. The Red Hawks never trailed in the game as they led from start to finish.
On a very emotional afternoon a Montclair State men's lacrosse game was played without Greco for the first time since 1997. A former player turned assistant coach then head coach in 2003, Greco passed away suddenly on November 4, 2010. In his eight seasons at the helm of the program, Greco compiled a 96-43 mark and led Montclair to back-to-back Skyline Conference championships in 2009 and 2010 as well as appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament - the only two in the history of the program.
Long-time assistant, former teammate and friend Adam Torrisi, who took over the reigns of the team in December, earned his first victory as a head coach.
MSU held a 1-0 lead after the first quarter with Teel scoring the period’s only goal at the 12:46 mark. Sinicola provided the assist as the Red Hawks capitalized on a man-up situation.
Monclair State increased its lead to 3-0 in the second quarter. Teel set up junior attack Matthew Prongay (Edison, NJ/Edison) and then freshman midfielder Anthony Rybek (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) scored an unassisted goal.
Muhlenberg, which dropped to 0-2 on the season, finally got on the scoreboard with 5:33 left before halftime as senior attack Brent Siebold (Mountain Lakes, NJ/Mountain Lakes) found the back of the net.
The teams then traded goals to give Montclair State a 4-2 margin at the intermission.
Skeels provided both Red Hawk goals in the third quarter. He opened the scoring in the period off a pass from Sinicola to extend the lead to 5-2 with 7:50 on the clock. But a pair of Muhlenberg goals, just 12 seconds apart, quickly cut the deficit to just one goal at 5-4. The combination of Sinicola to Skeels work again for MSU as it closed out the quarter, ahead 6-4.
But Muhlenberg didn’t give up. The Mules once again cut the margin to one at 6-5 as junior midfielder Clint Watkins (Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge), who led the Mules with a goal and two assists in the game, scored an unassisted goal with 13:11 to play in the fourth quarter.
Montclair State responded with three straight goals to wrap up the contest. Sinicola started the outburst with an unassisted goal with 8:37 remaining and was followed by freshman midfielders Michael Chiavetta (Clifton, NJ/Clifton) and Robbie Smith (Randolph, NJ/Randolph), who notched their first collegiate goals, the latter with just 2:02 left.
Junior Mark Glander (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) made 10 saves for MSU, which was outshot by the Mules, 35-34. Mike Horowitz (Randolph, NJ / Randolph) had 11 saves for Muhlenberg.
MSU will play host to Dickinson College in a non-conference
game next Saturday (March 5) while Muhlenberg looks for its first
victory of the year when it travels to play Scranton.