Women's Lacrosse Falls to Franklin & Marshall in NCAA Tournament
Senior midfielder Kayla Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) and junior midfielder Cora Delfini (New Egypt, NJ / New Egypt) had two goals apiece for the Red Hawks, who complete their season at 13-6. Montclair was making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance overall. MSU reached the NCAAs via the automatic bid from Skyline Conference as it captured the league crown for the fifth time in six years on April 30.
The Diplomats (18-2) started quick out of the gate with three goals in first 3:55 of the contest, including two by Caroline Krohn. Montclair would counter with a three-goal run of its own tying the game with 21:38 to play in the opening period.
Maggie Fallon (Cherry Hill, NJ / Camden Catholic) got the Red Hawks on the board with her 26th goal of the season on a free-position attempt. Montclair would win the ensuing draw and took just 25 seconds to score again as Delfini netted her 59th goal unassisted. Kailee Beal (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) tied the game on another unassisted tally, her 45th goal of the year.
Franklin & Marshall went on a nine-goal run, including the final eight of the period for an 11-3 halftime lead. Delfini ended that spurt with her second of the game at 26:14 remaining and Stephanie Cantillo (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) scored off an assist from Fallon as Montclair closed within 12-5 with just over 24 minutes to go.
Maggie Mae Shields scored twice for the Diplomats and Lauren Ehrhardt a goal with 17:46 to go as Franklin & Marshall restored its lead to 15-5. Henderson collected her two goals off free-position attempts 31 seconds apart for MSU’s final two scores. F&M closed out the game with three goals, including two by Ehrhardt, who finished with four goals.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tiffani Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) finished with 13 saves for Montclair State. Beal had four draws to finish the year with 86. Cantillo recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers.