Field Hockey Tops Catholic to Advance to ECAC Title Game

Montclair, NJ (11/14/09) – Junior forward Diana Colombo (Westampton, NJ / Rancocas Valley) and Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) each scored a goal for Montclair State while junior forward Jen Kaye (Altamont, NY / Guilderland) and Brittany Baughman (Niskayuna, NY / Niskayuna) each scored twice for Hartwick as the Red Hawks and Hawks advanced to the championship game of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Championship at Sprague Field on Saturday evening.

Second-seeded Montclair (14-6) blanked No. 6 Catholic, 2-0 while eighth-seeded Hartwick (13-7) pulled off its second straight upset as the Hawks ousted fourth seed Alvernia University, 4-0 in the second semifinals. MSU and Hartwick will square off in the title game at Sprague Field on Sunday, November 15 at 5:00 pm. Montclair State will be seeking its third title in the last four years and fifth overall while the Hawks go after their third championship to go along with crowns won in 1992 and 1995.

Montclair State scored what turned out to be the only goal it would need 1:59 into the contest as Colombo collected her fourth tally of the season. That would be the way the game would stand until the 55th minute when Justine DiPaolo (Lanoka Harbor, NJ / Lacey Township) sent a ball into the circle past two defenders. Hagel picked up the pass and moved to the left side before letting go of a reverse chip that went past goalkeeper Marian Cassilly (Gambrills, MD/Archbishop Spalding) for the 2-0 lead.

Freshman Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) made that lead hold up as she stopped seven shots, including five in the second half. It was the second shutout of the season for Bosland and MSU’s seventh. Cassilly posted six saves for the Cardinals, who ended their season at 12-7.

Catholic outshot Montclair State 11-9 and also held the edge in penalty corners, 13-5.

In the second semifinal, Kaye and Baughman accounted for all the scoring as Hartwick limited Alvernia to just three shots in the game. The Hawks, who knocked off top-seeded Wilkes in overtime on Wednesday, took a 1-0 lead at the 10:03 mark as Kaye put forth a shot that was stopped by Crusaders’ keeper Abby Eby (New Holland, PA / Garden Spot). However the ball bounced back out Kaye, who tapped in the rebound for her eighth goal of the season.

Kaye would extend the lead to 2-0 at the 24:40 mark off an assist from Baughman and then returned the favor in the second half as she assisted on the first of Baughman’s two goals as Hartwick led by three with 20:49 remaining in the game. Baughman then put the game away with her second goal in a 2:15 span, knocking in a rebound off an initial stop by Eby. It was Baughman’s fifth goal of the season.

Goalkeepers Mackenzie Chapman (Niskayuna, NY / Niskayuna) and Megan Campbell (Rutland, MA / Wachusett Regional) helped preserve the shutout as Hartwick registered its seventh shutout of the year. 

Eby made eight saves for the Crusaders, who ended their season at 12-9. Alvernia  was making its second ECAC Tournament appearance and first since 2004 when it finished as the runner up.