Flaherty Keys Field Hockey's Fourth Straight Win

Box Score

Hoboken, NJ (9/15/10) – Senior forward Melissa Flaherty (Fishkill, NY / John Jay) had a hand in all three goals as Montclair State picked up its fourth straight victory, knocking off Stevens, 3-1 at the De Baun Athletic Complex on Wednesday afternoon.

Freshmen Brittany Carroll (Kingston, NY / Rondout Valley) and Sierra Rauchbach (East Brunswick, NJ / East Brunswick) each collected goals as the Red Hawks improved to 4-1 with their second consecutive 3-1 final.

The Ducks looked to apply much of the pressure in the early going, firing three of the game’s first four shots over the first 15 minutes of action. Stevens’ sophomore forward Marguerite Chavez and Chamberlain would each test Montclair State goalkeeper Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) in the 20th and 21st minutes respectively, but the sophomore netminder turned away both tries, preserving the scoreless tie. 

Ducks’ junior Mallory Swanson  also tested Bosland in the 22nd minute following a Stevens’ penalty corner, but the Boonton, N.J. native again made the save, allowing the Red Hawks to head into the locker room with a 0-0 draw despite a decisive 6-3 shot deficit. 

After MSU’s Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) opened up the second half with a shot on the Ducks’ net, Stevens again went on the offensive, earning a penalty corner in the Red Hawk zone less than two minutes later. Chamberlain would then redirect a Karen Federico  shot into the back of the Montclair State goal to stake Stevens to a 1-0 advantage. 

However, the Red Hawks would quickly respond, netting the equalizer in the 43rd minute, when Carroll capped off a 2-on-1 break by sliding a Flaherty pass from the right side into the Ducks’ net. 

Montclair State then took the lead at the 51:57 mark when Rauchbach, the NJAC Rookie of the Week, tipped a Flaherty shot into the goal. With Stevens pushing forward on a Ducks’ penalty corner in the 61st minute, the Red Hawks caught Stevens with a counter-attack, breaking out of their own zone, to tally an insurance tally on Flaherty’s breakaway score. 

Stevens finished with a 14-11 shot advantage and a 7-1 edge in penalty corners, but Bosland tallied nine saves en route to her fourth win of the season. 

Montclair State returns to action on Saturday, September 18 as MSU hosts Susquehanna University at Sprague Field beginning at 6:00 pm.