Early Scoring Propels Field Hockey Past Kean, 2-1

Union, N.J. (10/20/09) - Montclair State's Annalisa Valerio (Norristown, PA / Kendrick Kennedy) scored what would be the game-winner in the first half of action as the Red Hawks picked up their first conference win of the season, defeating host Kean University, 2-1, Tuesday evening.

The victory boosts MSU record to 9-5 overall, 1-2 in the NJAC while the loss drops the Cougars to 10-3 overall and 2-2 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

The Red Hawks scored first as senior Justine DiPaolo (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.) cleared her own lane and notched the game's first goal at 19:06 in the first half.  Just four minutes later, Valerio took a pass from senior Rebecca Dobiesz (Old Bridge, N.J.) in front of the cage to put MSU up 2-0.

Kean fought back and pulled within one as sophomore Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) scored off a pass from junior Kelly Mataya (Woodland Park, N.J.) at 34:11.

That would be all the scoring, though, as both teams failed to convert in the second half.

The Red Hawks controlled the first half attempting 17 shots (17-1) and 11 penalty corners (11-2) while the Cougars took the second half edge with five shots (5-1) and six corners (6-1).

Junior Lauren Dobbs (Palmyra, N.J.) made six saves for KU while freshman Megan Bosland (Boonton, N.J.) had two saves on the night.

Montclair State returns to action on Saturday, October 24 as they travel to Upstate New York to face sixth-ranked and unbeaten SUNY-Cortland at 12:00 pm.