Privateers Drop Defensive Struggle to Montclair State

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (April 27, 2011) Despite excellent defense and spectacular goaltending by senior Keith Messina (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) that held Montclair State scoreless in the second half, #3-seed Maritime fell short of the #2-seed Red Hawks, 4-3, Wednesday night at Sprague Field in the Skyline Conference semifinals. With the loss, the Privateers end the 2011 season with a 7-9 record, while Montclair improves to 9-6.

Messina finished with 16 saves on the night as well as four groundballs, while junior defender Steven Tonn (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) matched the game-high with five ground balls and four caused turnovers.

The Privateers got on the board first just four and a half minutes into the game when senior Andrew Marklin (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) found the back of the net off a pass by classmate Jesse deBoer (Ridge, N.Y./McGann Mercy). The Red Hawks answered with one of their own later in the first and tallied another before time expired in the opening period to take a 2-1 lead.

Play was quiet for most of the second quarter, until Montclair scored two goals just 1:12 apart to go up 4-1. The Red Hawks took that lead into the locker room for halftime.

Sophomore Matthew Messina (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) scored the first goal of the second half just 53 seconds after the opening faceoff to make it 4-2. The younger Messina picked up an errant pass and fired it, through traffic, past Montclair's goalie from 15 yards out. That served to be the only goal of the third quarter.

Senior Seth Collins (Owego, N.Y./Owego Free Academy) scored just over a minute into the fourth to pull the Privateers within one, 4-3. Classmate TJ Beaudette (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) earned the assist after a great pass to a wide open Collins right in front of the goalie.

The Red Hawks controlled the ball for a great chunk of time down the stretch, but turned it over on a bad pass with 1:33 left, setting up Maritime for a chance to get the equalizer. However, the Privateers could not cash in, as they had three shots go wide and the last one was saved with two seconds left and time ran out.

Montclair was led by junior Matthew Prongay, who tallied two goals, including the eventual game-winner in the second quarter. Senior Robert Sinicola registered one goal and one assist on the night, while junior Thomas Ring rounded out the scoring for the Red Hawks.

In goal, junior Mark Glander earned the win after stopping seven shots. Senior Dustin Malaszuk had five ground balls and senior Anthony Dzienkiewicz caused four turnovers. Montclair advances to face Farmingdale State in the Skyline Championship game on Saturday in Long Island. The top-seeded Rams defeated #4-seed Kean, 7-6, earlier on Thursday.


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