Men's Lacrosse Rolls Past Eastern Connecticut

Montclair, NJ (3/7/09) – Junior midfielder Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) scored five goals while freshman Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) added three and two assists as Montclair State got back on the winning track with a 14-8 victory over Eastern Connecticut at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon.

Matthew Prongay ( Edison, NJ / Edison) added two goals as the Red Hawks bounced from their first loss to No. 3 Cortland on Wednesday to move to 3-1 on the year.

Matxim Fantl, Matt Savage and Brian Fetchmann each had two goals for Eastern Connecticut which fell to 1-1 on the season.

Eastern Connecticut jumped out to a 1-0 lead with 4:21 into the opening period as Fetchmann scored off the first of Michael Glennon’s three assists. Montclair would come back with a goal just over a minute later as defender Anthony Dzienkiewicz ( Jackson, NJ / Jackson Memorial) found the back of the net for his first career goal and a 1-1 tie. Fantl’s goal put the Warriors back in front, however MSU’s John Schiavone ( Montclair, NJ / Montclair) retied the team 55 seconds later on a man-up tally with 7:50 to play. Savage connected 41 seconds later as the Warriors led 3-2 after one quarter.

In the second Sinicola’s man-up marker tied the game with 6:51 to play, but Ben Raccio connected with 4:55 showing as Eastern Connecticut led 4-3. But Montclair would score the next two goals to take a two-goal lead at the break. Bonner registered his first with 3:15 to play and Prongay scored with 2:18 to go giving Montclair a 5-4 advantage. Freshman Tyler Meth ( Basking Ridge, NJ / Ridge) scored with 12 seconds led 6-4 at the break.

Bonner would make it a four-goal run by Montclair as he scored his second with 10:38 showing in the third. After ECSU closed within 7-5, Bonner scored with a man-advantage as the Red Hawks put six in the back of the net in the period and led 12-7 heading into the final period.

Montclair State goalkeeper Thomas Bowers ( Hamburg, NJ / Pope John XXIII) registered 13 saves for the Red Hawks, who held the 39-31 edge in shots in the game. Zienkiewicz, Patrick Ferry ( Clifton, NJ / Clifton) and Dustin Malaszuk ( Clifton, NJ / Clifton) each had five ground balls in the game.

Kyle Savage had 10 saves for the Warriors, who got four caused turnovers from defender Steve Lane while Mike Silvenstrini added three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Eric Vasil won 16-of-23 faceoff attempts and collected eight ground balls.

Montclair State returns to action on Tuesday, March 10 as the Red Hawks host Neumann College at Sprague Field beginning at 7:00 pm.