The Red Hawk field hockey team put together the finest
season in its history as Montclair State finished 19-3 and advanced to the
second round of the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship Tournament. Led
by NJAC Coach of the Year Beth Gottung, the Red Hawks began the year with 14
consecutive victories and reached the championship game of the inaugural NJAC
Tournament falling to eventual national champion TCNJ. Montclair State earned
an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and knocked off Rhodes College (TN) in
double-overtime 3-2 in the first round before falling to Salisbury University
in the second round. Montclair State placed four players on the All-NJAC
Team—Brittany Carroll (Kingston, NY), Chelsea Keelen (Tinton Falls, NJ),
Jennifer Tafro (Little Falls, NJ), and Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ). Keelen,
Carroll and Bosland were also named to the National Field Hockey Coaches
Association (NFHCA) All-Region squad.
Ranked nationally throughout the season, the Red Hawks
football team finished 8-2 overall, which included the first game played in a
driving snowstorm as Montclair plowed through Western Connecticut, 38-7 during
Homecoming in October. A total of 18 players were selected to the All-NJAC Team,
including seniors Chad Faulcon (Cranford, NJ) and Dan Keegan (Fairfield, NJ),
who were named Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Year, respectively.
Women’s soccer posted a 13-5-2 mark and reached the
semifinals of the NJAC Tournament. The 13 victories were the third-highest
single-season total in program history and the most since 2006. Montclair State
was ranked for several weeks in both the National Soccer Coaches Association of
America (NSCAA) and NCAA Regional Polls. The Red Hawks also placed six players
on the All-NJAC Team, including senior Rachel Senyszyn, who earned her third
career All-Conference honor.
Volleyball qualified for the NJAC Tournament for the sixth
consecutive year and 19th time overall. Under first-year head coach Eddie
Stawinski, the Red Hawks had three players selected to the All-NJAC Team,
including sophomore Kaitlyn Irwin (Cranford, NJ), who was named the league’s
Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Junior Alyssa
Batiste (Manahawkin, NJ) and freshman Daniella Salemo (Ramsey, NJ) also landed
spots on the All-Conference Team.
Seniors Chris D’Andrea (Union, NJ), Chelsea Keelen (Little
Falls, NJ), and Kevin Brown (Wayne, NJ) finished off their careers in fine fashion
as they were named All-America.
D’Andrea became the 12th player in football history to be
selected to the prestigious American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
Division III All-America Team. He led the nation in rushing yards during the regular
season with a school record 1,583 yards as he shattered the previous mark which
had stood for 30 years. D’Andrea also scored 16 touchdowns during 2011 and led the
NJAC in four different categories.
Keelen is the eighth field hockey player in program history
to be named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division
III All-America Team. Keelen anchored one of the top defensive units in the
nation as the Red Hawks allowed just 28 goals this season and 185 shots, an average
of 8.4 per contest. The Red Hawks rank 20th in Division III in goals against average
(1.24). Keelen also added two goals and an assist offensively.
Brown, who helped the men’s soccer team to its first Final
Four appearance, was selected Third-Team by the National Soccer Coaches
Association (NSCAA). Brown anchored one of nation’s top defenses as the Red
Hawks finished second in the NJAC and 38th overall in Division III in goals
against average allowing 20 goals in 26 games (0.75 GAA) while posting an NJAC-leading
12 shutouts. Brown also contributed offensively as well with two goals, none
bigger than his goal with 16:12 remaining against Stevens in the Sectional Final
at Amherst that punched Montclair State’s ticket to the Final Four.
1987 Baseball National Championship Team to Be Honored in
Twenty-five years ago, Leroy Horn hit “The Shot Heard Round
Montclair.” In 1987, Montclair State reached the pinnacle of Division III
baseball winning the NCAA Division III national championship in dramatic fashion.
Down a run in the bottom of the tenth inning, Horn blasted a two-run homer giving
Montclair the first of its three NCAA titles. On Saturday, April 28, the Red
Hawks will honor the team in between games of its doubleheader against The
College of New Jersey at Yogi Berra Stadium. The first game is scheduled for
11:30 a.m. Visit montclairathletics.com
for more details.
Montclair State to
Host NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship
The NCAA will bring its Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament to Montclair State in May. The national semifinals will be held at Sprague Field on May 19-20. Montclair State will also serve as the host for the Division II and Division III championships in 2013. The 2012 event will mark the second time that an NCAA national championship will take place at the University. In 2009, Montclair State hosted the Division III Softball Championship at the MSU Softball Stadium. Visit montclairathletics.com for more details and ticket information.