No. 9 Field Hockey Slips Past Stevens in Overtime to Remain Unbeaten

Box Score

Montclair, NJ (10/5/11)
– Sophomore midfielder Brooke Hullings (Delran, NJ / Delran) flipped a shot inside the near post on the left side 1:49 into overtime as ninth-ranked Montclair State remained unbeaten, slipping past Stevens 3-2 at Sprague Field on Wednesday evening.

Senior forward Devin McNamara (Mount Royal, NJ / Gloucester Catholic) scored twice as the Red Hawks rebounded from a late Stevens’ goal to improve to 12-0 on the year.

Senior  Mallory Swanson (Princeton Junction, NJ / WW-Plainsboro South) had a goal and assist for the Ducks, who had their four-game winning streak snapped in falling to 5-5 on the year.

Hullings collected her first goal of the season as Montclair State won its third overtime contest this season.

In the 7-on-7 extra period, the Red Hawks pushed the ball toward the goal cage as Brittany Carroll (Kingston, NY / Rondout Valley) moved in along the right side before sliding the ball into the middle. Emily Burd (Newton, NJ / Newton) was able to push the ball over to Hullings, whose shot in the air got past Krysten Suarez (Long Valley, NJ / West Morris Central) for the game-winner.

Steven jumped out to a 1-0 lead 9:43 into the game as Chavez scored her sixth goal of the year on a penalty corner. Swanson picked up the assist as Chavez flicked the ball over MSU keeper Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) for the one-goal lead.

Suarez would make that lead hold up through the first half as she knocked away eight of Montclair’s 11 shots in the first half as the Red Hawks outshot the Ducks, 11-3 in the first period.

In the second, Montclair State would get the equalizer as McNamara scored the first of her two goals. Michelle Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) carried the ball for nearly 20 yards down the middle toward the cage before dishing off to McNamara, who banged in a shot for her ninth of the year tying the game at 1-1 just 3:44 into the second half.

Five minutes later McNamara put the Red Hawks in front with her second of the contest.

That’s the way the game would stay until Stevens tied the game with 4:21 remaining. Off a penalty corner, Swanson was able to bat in a loose ball in front for her fifth goal of the year as the Ducks knotted up the game at 2-2.

Suarez stopped 11 shots for Stevens while Bosland made two saves for MSU. The Red Hawks outshot the Ducks, 22-7 while also holding a 7-5 edge in penalty corners.  

The Red Hawks are back in action on Saturday, October 8 as they travel to Glassboro, NJ for an NJAC matchup with No. 13 Rowan at 1:00 pm. Stevens is on the road facing Nazareth College at 12:30 pm.