No. 20 Field Hockey Bounces Back to Beat King's in OT, Stay Unbeaten
Wilkes-Barre, PA (9/18/11) – Sophomore Brittany Carroll (Kingston, NY / Rondout Valley) scored two goals, including one 3:57 into overtime as No. 20 Montclair State recovered from a game-tying goal after time expired in regulation to defeat King’s College, 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Michelle Hagel (Fairfield, NJ/ West Essex), senior Devin McNamara (Mount Royal, NJ / Gloucester Catholic) and sophomore Jennifer Tafro (Little Falls, NJ / Passaic Valley) each had a goal as the Red Hawks remained unbeaten at 7-0, their best start since the 2008 campaign.
Earlier this week, Montclair State stunned Kean University as McNamara tied the contest in the closing seconds forcing overtime, a game which MSU would win 3-2 on a goal by Carroll. On Sunday, the Red Hawks experienced the same situation on the other end however they were able to bounce back for the victory.
Leading 3-2 with time running down, the Lady Monarchs got a penalty corner and converted the opportunity as Jenera Quinones, who scored two of King’s three goals, knocked in a shot inside the left post sending the game into overtime.
But Carroll would help save MSU’s day with her seventh goal of the year less than four minutes into overtime. Kelly Churchill (Newton, NJ / Newton) slid a pass across the goal where Carrol was able to redirect it in for the game-winner.
The Red Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 16:52 of the game. Tafro fired a shot from the top of the circle that beat Lady Monarchs goalkeeper Megan Withrow. It was Tafro’s third goal of the season.
King’s would tie the game less than two minutes later as Quinones collected her eighth goal of the year on a shot from the right wing that ducked inside the left post. The Lady Monarchs, who managed just two shots in the first half, made it 2-for-2 on its scoring chances as Jackie Sikora converted a penalty stroke at 27:45 for a 2-1 lead.
Montclair State regained the lead scoring twice in a four-minute span during the second half. Carroll banged home a scramble in front of the cage at 46:14 tying the score at 2-2 and Hagel put the Red Hawks up with her second of the year sweeping a ball past Withrow in front.
MSU finished the game with a 23-4 margin in shots and had a 15-6 advantage in penalty corners.
The Red Hawks continue their five-game road swing on Wednesday, September 21 as they head to New Paltz, NY for a 4:30 pm contest with the Hawks.