Montclair State traveled to Madison, N.J. to participate in the Drew University Fall Festival and came out with wins over Cabrini College and Lebanon Valley College.
The Red Hawks finished their only two neutral-venue matches of the regular season with a combined advantage of 10-1.
The exceptional weekend began against Cabrini as the Red Hawks stormed to an early 2-0 lead inside the first six minutes, during which sophomore Kaitlyn Struss scored her second and third goals of the season. After Struss assisted on Jacinta Santos’ goal to stretch the lead to 3-0, Struss completed her second career hat trick just under 22 minutes into the game.
The scoring was capped off by Alexis Ambrosino, Danica Witty and Victoria Rossi. Cabrini would get one back thanks to Victoria Marchiani, but it would be far too late to mount a comeback. Sophomore Kaitlin Maguire faced the most shots and made the only save.
The Red Hawks returned the next day to take on Lebanon Valley and broke the deadlock with Kaitlyn Struss’ fifth goal of the year just past eleven minutes. Jacinta Santos’ third goal of the season and Alexis Ambrosino’s second capped off the scoring for Montclair State’s third win this year.
Senior goalkeeper Rebecca Brattole made five saves and played in all 70 minutes, recording her 13th shutout of her career.
When the first NJAC weekly awards came around, Struss and freshman Kailey Dalgauer earned Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Montclair State returned to action against New Paltz on Sept. 9. The Montclarion was unable to receive the result before this publication. To learn the score, check back to themontclarion.org for the quick recap.