Pomona, NJ (10/22/11) – The Montclair State field hockey team, ranked eighth in Division III, received an early scare from Richard Stockton before the Red Hawks regrouped for a 4-2 victory over Richard Stockton in an NJAC matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Jennifer Tafro (Little Falls/Passaic Valley) scored a pair of goals as MSU bounced back from an early two-goal deficit to improve to 16-1 overall, 4-1 in the NJAC.
Stockton scored the first two goals of the day as Susie Balidemaj (Hamilton/Hamilton East) netted her team leading 10th goal of the season. Nancy White (Ocean City/Ocean City) assisted on the play, which came just 7:16 into the match. Just under six minutes later, White hit the net with an unassisted tally giving the Ospreys a 2-0 lead.
The Red Hawks came right back with two goals before the half as Tafro scored twice, including one on a penalty corner after time had expired. Devin McNamara (Mt. Royal/Gloucester Catholic) assisted on Tafro’s second goal, which came on a shot lifted just over the outstretched arm of Stockton goalie Liz Stankiewicz (Freehold Twp. /Freehold Twp.).
Montclair State broke the tie with two goals in the second half. Michelle Hagel (Fairfield/West Essex) struck for the go-ahead marker while the Red Hawks were a player short due to a yellow card. Hagel tapped in a feed from Brittany Carroll (Kingston, NY/Rondout Valley). McNamara tallied an insurance goal with less than four minutes remaining for the fourth and final score.
Stankiewicz made five saves in defeat for Stockton while Megan Bosland (Boonton/Boonton) made two saves in picking up the victory for Montclair State.
The Red Hawks return to action on Wednesday, October 26 as they host local rival William Paterson at Sprague Field beginning at 7:00 pm. It will be MSU's Breast Cancer Awareness Night and also Senior Day as Montclair will honor its four seniors - McNamara, Kelly Churchill (Newton, NJ / Newton), Chelsea Keelen (Tinton Falls, NJ / Middletown South) and Molly Hartman (Pemberton, NJ / Pemberton).