Men's Lacrosse Edges Maritime to Advance to Skyline Conference Title Game, 4-3

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Montclair, NJ (4/27/11) – Junior attack Matthew Prongay (Edison, NJ / Edison) scored a pair of goals as second-seeded and two-time defending champion Montclair State held off Maritime College to advance to the title game of the Skyline Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship with a 4-3 victory at Sprague Field on Wednesday evening.

The Red Hawks, who have won six straight, improved to 9-6 overall with their second one-goal win against Maritime this season. MSU will travel to Farmingdale State on Saturday, April 30 for the championship contest. The winner of the game will also receive the Skyline’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. 

It will be the fourth straight championship game appearance for Montclair State, which fell to Farmingdale, 9-6 on April 6. The loss was MSU’s first league loss since 2007, a span of 17 Skyline contests. 

Senior goalkeeper Keith Messina (West Sayville, NY / Sayville) made 16 saves for Maritime, which ended its season at 7-9. The Privateers also fell to the Red Hawks, 6-5 at home on April 13.

Montclair State fell behind 1-0 3:29 into the game as Andrew Marklin (Smithtown, NY / Smithtown East) scored his 14th goal of the season off an assist from Jesse deBoer (Ridge, NY / McGann Mercy).  The Red Hawks would tie the game with 3:14 left as Sinicola netted his 18th goal finishing a feed from Jack Skeels (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex). Prongay then gave Montclair the lead with 18 seconds showing as he got the first of his two as MSU led 2-1. 

In the second, Thomas Ring (Nutley, NJ / Nutley) tallied an unassisted goal as he whipped in a shot from the left wing with 6:14 to go extending the lead to two goals. Off a clear attempt, Robert Glander (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) pushed the ball to midfield and found Sinicola along the left side in transition. Sinicola slid a pass across to Prongay on the doorstep for the goal as the Red Hawks led 4-1 at the break.

Maritime quickly cut the lead back to 4-2 inside the first minute of the second half as Matthew Messina (West Sayville, NY / Sayville) picked up a loose ball and fired a shot into the back of the cage for his 19th of the year. 

The game stood that way until the fourth quarter when Seth Collins (Owgo, NY / Owego Free Academy) scored with 13:05 left as the Privateers pulled within a goal at 4-3. 

From there the teams traded possessions until Montclair’s Kyle Hearn (Sussex, NJ / Vernon) forced a turnover and gave the Red Hawks possession with 10:19 remaining. Montclair proceeded to take nearly six minutes off the clock working the ball around the offensive zone. MSU did get four shots off, however Keith Messina stopped three of them and Robbie Smith’s (Randolph, NJ / Randolph) attempt clanked off the crossbar. 

The Privateers managed to get the ball back with 4:46 to go but turned the ball over quickly on the clear attempt and the Red Hawks took advantage again chopping off another 3:13 on the clock before turning the ball back over to Maritime with 1:33 left. 

Maritime would get two shots off that went wide and called timeout with 34 seconds to play. After moving the ball around, Alexander Korb (Islip, NY / Islip) tried a back-to-the-goal shot that bounced high over the cage with two seconds left. On the restart, Korb would get another chance in front, but Red Hawk keeper Mark Glander (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) caught a piece deflecting it away as Montclair came away with the 4-3 victory. 

Mark Glander finished with seven saves for Montclair State, which got outshot Maritime 34-23. Defender Anthony Dzienkiewicz (Jackson, NJ / Jackson Memorial) forced four turnovers and added two ground balls while Dustin Malaszuk (Clifton, NJ / Clifton) added three caused turnovers and a team-high five ground balls. 

Steven Tonn (Wantagh, NY / Wantagh) had five ground balls and four caused turnovers for the Privateers with Keith Messina picking up four. T.J. Beaudette (Floral Park, NY / Floral Park Academy) and Matthew Messina collected three ground balls apiece.