Union, NJ (3/29/11) – Sophomore midfielder Kailee Beal (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) scored six times while junior Cora Delfini (New Egypt, NJ / New Egypt) added five goals, including the 100th of her career as Montclair State won its fifth straight, topping Kean University in a shootout 20-16 at Alumni Stadium on Tuesday.
Senior Kayla Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) also collected five goals as the Red Hawks improved to 5-2 overall while remaining unbeaten in both the Skyline and New Jersey Athletic Conferences at 3-0 and 2-0, respectively.
After Montclair scored three of the game’s first four goals, the Cougars (2-5, 2-1 Skyline, 0-2 NJAC) scored three straight to take a 4-3 lead on the unassisted goal by rookie Ciara Mastrodomenico. Montclair followed with two straight goals for the 5-4 lead, before Lyndsey Cannon, who finished with 10 goals, answered with back-to-back scores for the 6-5 lead with 9:37 left in the first half. The Red Hawks would take the lead for good with three straight goals en-route to building a 10-8 lead at halftime.
Delfini scored four times in the first half, her final tally with 2:20 remaining giving her 100 career goals as she became the 13th player in school history to reach that mark.
Montclair State opened the second half with four straight goals, one each by Henderson, Meghan Spitzer (Mount Olive, NJ / Mount Olive), Beal and Delfini to extend the lead to 14-8 just three minutes into the half. A pair of goals by Cannon pulled Kean back to within 14-10, however the Cougars could pull no closer than four goals the rest of the way, as Beal netted five of her six goals in the second half.
Spitzer finished with two goals and five assists giving her 11 in her last two contests. Freshman Kelly Schoneveld (Denville, NJ / Morris Knolls) added two goals along with seven draws, five ground balls and five caused turnovers. Delfini led the team with eight draws and collected three ground balls while Henderson posted four draws and three caused turnovers.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tiffani Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) stopped six shots.
The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, April 2 as they face Mount St. Mary in Newburgh, NY beginnign at 3:00 pm.