Men's Lacrosse Claims Skyline Regular-Season Title

Montclair, NJ (4/21/08) – Senior attackman Bryan Klimchak (Clark, NJ / Arthur L. Johnson) scored three times in the first period, including the 150 th of his career as Montclair State claimed the Skyline Conference regular season title with a 19-3 victory over College of Mt. St. Vincent at Sprague Field on Monday evening.

The Red Hawks got scoring contributions from 17 different players, including 13 goal scorers as they moved to 10-4 overall, 4-0 in the league. MSU will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which gets underway on Wednesday, April 30. A.J. Bachman ( Montville, NJ / Mountain Lakes), Ronnie Umphenour ( Bridgewater, NJ / Bridgewater-Raritan) and Jeffrey Roberts ( Kinnelon, NJ / Kinnelon) each scored twice for MSU.

Freshman Mike Shea (Congers, NY / Clarkstown North) and Junior Ryan O’Dougherty (Morristown, NJ / Morristown) each had a goal and an assist for the Dolphins, who fell to 2-10 overall, 0-4 in the Skyline Conference with their third straight defeat.

The Red Hawks scored the first 11 goals of the game as Mario Passafiume ( Boonton, NJ / Mountain Lakes) scored 47 seconds in and Tyler Meixner ( Hamburg, NJ / Vernon) tallied a goal just under three minutes later. Klimchak and Bachman collected man-up goals midway through the quarter and Klimchak scored twice more as Montclair State led 6-0 with 5:41 left. The goals were the 149 th and the 150 th for Klimchak, who passed John Della Pesca for second place on the MSU career goals list.

Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) tallied the third man-up goal with 3:38 to play and Brad Van Kalsbeck (Lincoln Park, NJ / Boonton) scored just before the horn (:03) as MSU led 8-0 after the first period. Bachman registered his second goal 1:25 into the second quarter and Patrick Nann (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) made it 10-0 with 3:36 to play on an unassisted tally before Vic DeMaio (Vernon, NJ / Vernon Township) connected on a man-up tally eight seconds later as Montclair had its 11-goal cushion going into halftime.

Mt. St. Vincent would get on the board with 9:58 left in the third as O;Dougherty scored. Montclair then ran off eight consecutive goals, including two by Umphenour before Jason Reynolds ( Centereach, NY/Newfield) and Shea closed out the scoring with goal inside the final two minutes for Mt. St. Vincent.

Faceoff specialist Marc Guido ( North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) was 8-of-11 with four ground balls for the Red Hawks while VanKalsbeck was 5-of-6 as MSU won 20-of-25 in the game. Thomas Bowers ( Hamburg, NJ / Pope John XXIII) and Joseph DiGangi (Belle Meade, NJ / Montgomery) each made one save in a quarter of work while Andrew Rosado ( Elmwood Park, NJ / St. Joseph’s (Montvale)) had two stops.

Sophomore Mike Nuzzzi ( Westbury, CT/Clarke) had 12 saves for the Dolphins, who got five caused turnovers and six ground balls from Cody Green ( Waldwick, NJ / Don Bosco Prep).

M ontclair State returns to action on Saturday, April 26 as the Red Hawks close out their regular season with a league game against Richard Stockton at 1:00 pm.