Women’s Lacrosse Ends Homestand with Win

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Published April 2, 2016
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Goalkeeper Rebecca Myers defending the Red Hawks' goal against Farmingdale College. Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics
Goalkeeper Rebecca Myers defending the Red Hawks' goal against Farmingdale College. Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics

Goalkeeper Rebecca Myers defending the Red Hawks’ goal against Farmingdale College.
Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics

After defeating Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Montclair State women’s lacrosse team continued their winning ways on March 31 with a 14-5 win over the Farmingdale State Rams at Sprague Field, ending their three-game homestand.

Farmingdale State junior attacker Janisha Sanchez got it started for the Rams with a quick goal in the first minute of the game to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. The Red Hawks offense arrived on the scene soon after this initial score, however, earning six unanswered goals in the next 17 minutes, which included back-to-back goals by junior midfielder Francesca Verrone, senior midfielder Kasey Maguire, sophomore midfielder Chelsea Orban, junior attacker Linsay Lare and senior attacker Serena Hitchins.

The Red Hawks and Rams would both add one more goal to their totals before the half, courtesy of Farmingdale junior midfielder Brittany Rosino and Montclair State’s Verrone, her third of the contest.

At halftime, Montclair State had a commanding lead over Farmingdale State 7-2. In the first half, the Red Hawks outshot the Rams 17-6 and Montclair State forced 15 turnovers.

In the first 35 seconds of the second half, Orban scored her second goal of the night to increase the lead to 8-2. Moments later, Verrone followed up with her fourth goal of the contest to push the lead to 9-2, and it was all Red Hawks from that point. Following another Rams goal by Sanchez to cut the deficit to 9-3, the Red Hawks would add to the damage by scoring another five unanswered goals, thanks to two goals by Orban, followed up with goals by Lare, Hitchins, and junior attacker Aviana Paraggio to give the Red Hawks a 14-3 lead.

The Rams added two more goals to their total in the final minute of action, scored by junior midfielder Kristen Keller, but in the end, the Red Hawks would pick up their second straight win and knock off the Rams by a score of 14-5.

Orban and Verrone both had a successful night, as they each scored four goals in the game, and the Red Hawks combined outshot the Rams on goal 25-12.

With their most recent win, the Red Hawks now have a record of 6-3 on the season, and they have won four of their last five contests.

The Red Hawks will look to make it three straight wins on April 2 at 1 PM as they travel to Madison to face the Farleigh Dickson University Devils.

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