Women's Lacrosse Drops Season Opener with Drew

Montclair, NJ (2/28/09) – Sophomore Brook Connell (Little Silver, NJ / Red Bank Regional) scored three goals and added an assist while Stacie Brown (Upper Marlboro, MD / Calverton School) and Sloane Coles (The Plains, VA / Foxcroft School) each collected hat tricks as Drew University topped Montclair State, 13-9 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.

Lyndsay Rossi ( Pennington, NJ / Pennington School) scored a pair of goals as the Rangers jumped out to a four-goal lead en route to their second straight win against MSU.

Sophomore Kayla Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) scored three times for Montclair State, which suffered its second straight opening day loss. MSU fell to the Rangers 19-14 in the 2008 opener.

Brown gave Drew a 109 lead 2:32 into the game as she scored unassisted. Connell followed two minutes later with a tally off a free-position attempts and Samantha Silver (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) gave Drew a three-goal advantage with 23:13 left before Connell capped the run with her second as the Rangers led 4-0 eight minute into the contest.

Montclair State would respond with three straight goals. Freshman Cora Delfini (New Egypt, NJ / New Egypt) got the Red Hawks on the board and Morgan MacPhee (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) added a goal before Marykate DiBenedetto ( Cinnaminson, NJ / Cinnaminson) brought MSU within 4-3 with 12:01 to play before halftime.

Brown registered her second goal with 9:18 left and Coles first score, unassisted helped Drew take a 6-3 lead into the intermission.

The teams traded goals to open the second half and Drew widened its lead with two goals in a 14 second span as Rossi and Brown each scored to make it 9-4 with 25:17 to go. Montclair State would trim the lead back to 9-6 on goals by Henderson and Adams, but Drew countered with three goals in a 1:11 span to go up 12-6. Coles had two of those as the Rangers moved in front 12-6 with 9:44 left.

Junior goalkeeper Stef Rutkowski ( Wilmington, De / Tower Hill School) made six saves for Drew, which outshot Montclair State 33-21. Freshmen goalkeepers Demi Masterson ( Long Valley, NJ / West Morris Central) and Tracey Manella ( Hawthorne, NJ / NV –Demarest) had five and three saves, respectively for MSU.

Montclair State returns to action on Wednesday, March 4 as they travel to Carlisle, PA to face 15 th-ranked Dickinson College at 4:00 pm.