Kloss Keys Late Surge as No. 18 Men's Lacrosse Knocks Off Farmingdale, 12-8

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Montclair, NJ (4/14/10) – Junior midfielder Ryan Kloss (Flemington, NJ / Hillsborough) ignited a four-goal run as 18th-ranked Montclair State used that surge to hold off Farmingdale State, 12-8 for its eighth straight win in a Skyline Conference matchup at Sprague Field on Wednesday evening.

Junior attack Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) scored three goals and added two assists while senior Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) netted three goals as the Red Hawks improved to 9-3 overall this season, 2-0 in the Skyline. It was the 13th straight regular-season conference victory for Montclair.

Freshman Pete Siemsen (West Babylon, NY / West Babylon) had two goals and three assists for Farmingdale, which had its five-game winning streak snapped with the loss. The Rams are now 10-4 overall, 3-1 in the Skyline.

Montclair State led 5-2 after one period and 8-4 at halftime before the Rams closed that gap to a goal in the third quarter. Siemsen scored the first 2:03 into the period and then fed Jimmy Owsinski (Kings Park, NY / Kings Park) at the 7:55 mark pulling Farmingdale to within 8-6. Just over two minutes later, Erick Thomson (Floral Park, NY / Floral Park) scored from the right side of the cage as the Rams were within one with 4:38 remaining in the period.

The Red Hawks would break that momentum. After defenseman Sean Gilmore (Elmwood Park, NJ / Bergen Catholic) forced a turnover, MSU quickly moved the ball down the field inside 10 yards where Sinicola found Kloss in front of the cage. Kloss took the pass with his back turned to the net and flicked a blind back-handed shot past Patrick Delventhal (Westbury, NY / Holy Trinity) with 1:15 to go as Montclair led 9-7 after three periods.

The play sparked MSU as t would score the first three goals in the fourth. Kloss started it off 66 seconds in as he blistered a shot from 15 yards out for his second goal and a 10-7 Red Hawks lead. Sinicola then set up Matthew Prongay (Edison, NJ / Edison) on a man-up goal with 10:01 left and Bonner’s third tally with 7:18 to go put Montclair in front 12-7.

Meanwhile the Red Hawk defense tightened allowing the Rams just five shots over the final 15 minutes while also killing off two man-advantage opportunities by Farmingdale. Siemsen got the final goal with 14 seconds left for the 12-8 final.

Tyler Meth (Basking Ridge, NJ / Ridge) finished with two goals for Montclair with Bonner collecting a team-high nine ground balls along with a pair of caused turnovers. Faceoff specialist Marc Guido (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) was a solid 19-of-24 with six ground balls. Goalkeeper Andrew Rosado (Elmwood Park, NJ / St. Joseph’s (Montvale)) made seven saves in goals with Mark Glander (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) adding one.

Thomson and Owsinki had two goals apiece for the Rams. Delventhal made 14 saves for the Rams in addition to registering four ground balls. Joe Ciaravino (Levittown, NJ / Island Trees) had three ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Montclair outshot Farmingdale, 48-23, including 23-11 in the second half.

Montclair State is back in action on Saturday, April 17 as the Red Hawks head to Union, NJ to face Kean University in a rematch of the last two Skyline Championship games. MSU won last year’s title contest 7-6 after falling to the Cougars 8-7 in the 2008 championship game. Faceoff is set for 7:00 pm. Farmingdale is off until next Wednesday, April 21 as they too will go to Kean for a 7:00 pm contest.