Field Hockey Holds off RPI for Second Straight Win, 3-2

Box Score

Montclair, NJ (9/5/10) – Senior midfielder Diana Colombo (Westampton, NJ / Rancocas Valley) and classmateMelissa Flaherty (Fishkill, NY / John Jay) each scored goals early in the first and second half, respectively as Montclair State jumped out to a three-goal lead before holding off Rensselaer for a 3-2 victory at Sprague Field on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Lincoln Park) stopped seven shots, including a penalty stroke in the first half as the Red Hawks won their second straight moving to 2-1 on the year.

Senior Jessica Corrigan (South Burlington, VT/Northfield Mount Hermon) and Alex Lamparski (Malvern, PA / Country Day School of the Sacred Heart) had a goal apiece for the Engineers, who fell to 1-1 on their weekend trip to New Jersey. RPI knocked off William Paterson 2-1 in penalty strokes on Saturday.

The Red Hawks started off fast putting the first goal on the board 46 seconds into the contest. Taking possession and moving down toward the circle, Colombo intercepted a clearing pass five yards in front of the cage. She then fired a shot over the right shoulder of goalkeeper Briana Earle (Baldwinsville, NY / C.W. Baker) into the left corner of the game giving MSU a 1-0 advantage.

Rensselaer would get a golden opportunity tie the game just over eight minutes in. The Engineers put four shots on goal during a flurry, including one by Holly Dupuis (Brookfield, MA /Worcester Academy) that was stopped by Bosland and two by Corrigan, whose first attempt was batted away by defender Rebekah Keller (Berlin, NJ / Eastern) and the second hitting the post. MSU would then be whistled for a foul giving RPI a penalty stroke. Lamparski stepped to the line and fire a shot that was batted away by Bosland keeping the margin at 1-0 and eventually looming large in the end result.

Using the momentum, Montclair came right back down the field and extended the lead at the 9:27 mark. Off a penalty corner, Jessica Murphy (West Long Branch, NJ / Shore Regional) fired a shot that was stopped by Earle. However, the ball bounced back out in front to Murphy who banged in the rebound for her first of the season as Montclair took a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Flaherty put the Red Hawks ahead 3-0 just 1:08 into the second half.  Murphy started the play with a shot from the top left side of the circle. Freshman Allison Jullions (Hainesport, NJ / Holy Cross) deflected the ball over to the right side where Flaherty was able to knock in the shot for her second tally of the young season.

RPI would not go away quietly however as the Engineers got on the board at 48:46 on a goal by Lamparski off a penalty corner. Sandy Turnbull (Upperville, VA / Chatham Hall) inserted the ball to Alissa Peterson (Gaithersburg, MD/ Quince Orchard) who then slid the ball over to Lamparski. Lamparski then flipped the ball past Bosland for a 3-1 MSU lead.

Earle would make three saves to keep RPI close and the Engineers would eventually take advantage as Corrigan scored with 5:51 left bringing Rensselaer within a goal.  But that would be as close as it would get as Montclair was able to keep the ball in the attack end the majority of the final time to preserve the win.

Earle finished with 13 saves for RPI, which also got a defensive save from Lamparski in the game.

Montclair outshots the Engineers 22-13 and held a 7-6 edge in penalty corners.

Both teams are back out on the road for their next contests. Montclair State is off until Saturday, September 11 when they head to Allentown, PA to face Muhlenberg College at 1:00 pm. RPI is in Oneonta on Wednesday, September 8 taking on Hartwick College at 7:00 pm.