Following an 11-7 loss against Muhlenberg College on March 19, the Montclair State women’s lacrosse team rebounded with a 16-8 victory over the Rensselaer Polytechnic College Engineers on March 26 at Sprague Field.
The Red Hawks drew first blood just five minutes into the contest when sophomore midfielder Chelsea Orban scored the opening goal of the game. Senior midfielder Kara Crampton would follow up with two goals in the same minute to push the Red Hawks to an early 3-0 lead.
Rensselaer would find themselves on the scoreboard just moments later following 2 fouls on Red Hawk senior defender Nicole Francis and junior midfielder Emily Wong, which allowed Rensselaer junior attacker Sophie Hager to punch in their first goal of the afternoon.
The Red Hawks would not let the momentum switch, as they would score 7 more goals in the half, including 4 unanswered goals in the final eight minutes to end the first half with a 10-3 lead.
Rensselaer quickly turned the tables against the Red Hawks in the opening minutes of the second half, as sophomore attacker Morgan Doyle scored back-to-back goals within 21 seconds and freshman midfielder Maddy Aslansan added to the scoring with a goal of her own. Within the first five minutes of the second half, the Engineers brought themselves back into the game with 3 unanswered goals to cut the deficit down to 10-6.
Rensselaer would not stay in the game for long, however, as the Red Hawks would outscore the Engineers 6-2 in the final 20 minutes of play, thanks to goals by senior attacker Alexa DiPiero, junior attacker Lindsay Lare and 3 second-half goals by junior midfielder Francesca Verrone.
The Red Hawks never looked back, as they finished off the Engineers by a score of 16-8 at Sprague Field, doubling their opponent’s score.
The Red Hawks outshot the Engineers 25-16 and forced 12 turnovers on the afternoon.
The Red Hawks have won three of their last four games and, with this most recent win, they have improved to a record of 5-3 on the season.
The Red Hawks will finish up their latest homestand on March 31, when they host Farmingdale State at 7 p.m.