Union, NJ (9/13/11) – Earlier in the day, the Montclair State field hockey team entered the the NFHCA Division III National Poll at No. 20. By night's end, it looked as through that time in the poll would be short-lived. That was until senior Devin McNamara (Mount Royal, NJ / Gloucester Catholic) came up with one of the biggest plays in her MSU career.
McNamara, the NJAC Offensive Player of the Week, stunned Kean University tying the game with 6.3 seconds remaining and sophomore Brittany Carroll (Kingston, NY / Rondout Valley) capped off an amazing comeback in double overtime as Montclair State remained unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over the Cougars at Kean Alumni Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Junior Michelle Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / Fairfield) had a hand in all three goals as the Red Hawks rebounded from a 2-0 halftime deficit to move to 5-0 on the year, the first ime MSU has started the season with five consecutive wins since the 2008 campaign.
Kean's Stephanie Soares scored at the 24:13 mark of the first half putting Montclair State in a deficit for the first time this season and that deficit grew 1:41 later as Soares redirected in a shot off a penalty corner as the Cougars led 2-0 at the break.
Montclair State would cut that lead in half 4:06 into the second period as Hagel collected her first goal of the season. Carroll fired a shot that hit the post but for Montclair the ball took a fortunate bounce right to Hagel, who banged in the rebound for the goal.
From that point on, Montclair dominated out shooting Kean 9-2 however it was unable to find the equalizer. The Red Hawks would get four penalty corners in the final 2:48 and looked as though they would tie the contest with 17 seconds remaining as Carroll's shot off the third corner headed for the goal only to be knocked away by the Cougars' Olivia Triano on a great defensive save.
MSU would get one last opportunity with five seconds left and this time made the most of it as McNamara tipped in shot by Hagel for the tying goal, stunning the host Cougars and sending the game into overtime.
In the first OT, each team put three shots on goal only to be denied by the goalkeepers. MSU's Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) came up with stops against Soares and Triano early in the period and Kean keeper Erin Langan denied Carroll at 77:47. On the play, Langan was injured and had to leave the game. Kylie Vaughn-Kuehl came on and made two saves on the first two shots she faced. Bosland closed out the period with a kick save of Triano's shot from the top of the circle off a penalty corner as the contest went into a second overtime.
Carroll would come up with the game-winning goal 1:31 into the secon overtime period. Off a penalty corner, Montclair's 18th of the game, Hagel got the ball at the top of the circle and fed Carroll in front. Carroll then got around Vaughn-Kuehl before lifting the ball into the cage for the goal, her fifth of the season.
Bosland finished with five saves for MSU, which outshot the Cougars, 30-13. Langan had eight saves before leaving the game and Kelly Bachovchin made two defensive saves for Kean.
The Red Hawks are now off until Saturday, September 17 when they travel to Dallas, PA to face Misericordia Unviersity at 1:00 pm in the first of a weekend set in Pennsylvania. The following day, Montclair takes on King's College in Wilkes-Barre at 1:00 pm.