Newburgh, NY (4/19/11) – Junior attack Matthew Prongay (Edison, NJ / Edison) scored
three goals and assisted on two others as Montclair State won its
fourth straight beating Mount St. Mary, 14-3 in Skyline Conference
action on Tuesday evening.
John Talamo (Freehold, NJ / Freehold) recorded a hat trick while Tyler Meth (Basking Ridge, NJ / Ridge) added two goals and three assists as the Red Hawks moved over the .500 mark for the first time this season at 7-6 overall, 4-1 in the Skyline Conference.
MSU currently sits in second place in the Skyline and can earn a first-round home game in the Skyline Conference Tournament with a win against local rival Kean University on Friday, April 22 at Sprague Field.
A victory would make the Red Hawks no worse than the No. 2 seed with a chance at the top spot should Farmingdale State lose its two final games. A loss to Kean would put MSU, Maritime College and Kean in a three-way tie which would then be decided by tiebreaking procedures.
Scoreless through the first quarter, Montclair did all of the scoring in the second with five goals. Prongay scored off a feed from Michal Chiavetta (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) with 10:40 to play and then assisted on Meth’s first goal 40 seconds later for a 2-0 lead. Jack Skeels (Roseland, NJ / West Essex) made three scores in a 1:24 span for a three-goal advantage. Meth collected his second with 5:44 showing on the clock and Prongay got his second tally eight seconds later as Montclair went into the break up 5-0.
The Knights broke the string with a goal 99 seconds into the third quarter but Prongay answered back with 11:12 left making the score 6-1. Mt. St. Mary cut the lead back to four goals just over two minutes later however Montclair State put the game away with a seven-goal run that spanned the third and fourth periods as MSU built a 13-1 lead.
Meth assisted on three of the goals in the run, including two to Talamo, who accounted for the final Montclair State goal in the game.
Bobby Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) finished with two goals and an assist for Montclair State, which outshot the Knights, 60-9 in the contest. Mark Glander (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) stopped two shots for MSU while Anthony Dzienkiewicz (Jackson, NJ / Jackson) was 10-of-14 on faceoffs with three caused turnovers.
Friday night's game will also be Senior Night for the Red Hawks as they will honor the eight seniors prior to the contest with the Cougars.