A second-half collapse by the Montclair State University field hockey team put their six-game winning streak to an end as they narrowly lost to seventh-ranked Kean University 3-2.
With the loss, Montclair State falls to 6-5 and 1-1 against New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) opponents.
The Red Hawks opened the scoring about 10 minutes in off of a short corner. After a couple of deflections, the ball found the back post where sophomore forward Gab Maisto was waiting for an easy tap-in and a 1-0 lead.
Montclair State kept the pressure on and found another goal just one minute into the second period and it was Maisto finding the back of the goal once again. Maisto is having a strong sophomore season as she has already tied her goal contribution total from last season with four goals and three assists.
Kean University came out firing in the second half and seemed like they were the ones with something to prove.
Goals from fifth-year forward Ja’Carra Jackson and senior forward Peyton Mann in the third period would make the game level at two.
The Cougars kept searching for a winner and they would not be denied as sophomore defender Maddison Gonzales netted the game-winner.
The Red Hawks will now take on Stockton University in another NJAC matchup in an attempt to get back on track on Saturday at 1 p.m.