Story courtesy of Montclair State
Red Hawks senior attack Kevin Gondres tallied six points and was named the Most Valuable Player as top-seeded Montclair State captured its third straight Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro Menís Lacrosse championship with a 13-8 win over third-seeded Farmingdale State at Sprague Field on Sunday afternoon.
Gondres scored four times and assisted on two others as the Red Hawks closed out their 2005 season by winning their fifth ECAC title overall. Bryan Klimchak had three goals and two assists for MSU. Joe Meola had three goals and an assist for Farmingdale (9-7), which fell to Montclair for the second time this season. MSU posted an 11-10 win in Long Island on March 23.
Montclair State led 7-3 at halftime, however, Farmingdale scored the first three goals of the second half the final one by Gianluca Carrabs with 10:08 to play as the Rams trimmed the lead to 7-6. Gondres answered with a goal with 5:55 left in the period and recorded the hat trick as he scored unassisted with 3:41 to play as MSU led 9-6 heading into the final period.
Mike Cullen got a goal back for Farmingdale to start the fourth quarter cutting the lead to 9-7, but Gondres again scored two straight, the first coming on a man-advantage midway through the period. The second goal occurred with 5:37 left as MSU was down two players. Defenseman Allister Edwards launched a long pass from the defensive backline that hit the turf and bounced high into the air in the attack zone. Farmingdale goalkeeper Tony Sheridan and Gondres both collided but Gondres kept his balance, picked up the loose ball and fired into the open net making the score, 11-7 with 5:37 remaining.
Brian Fischer had two goals, two assists and nine face off wins for Montclair State, which also got a goal and two assists from Dave Armstrong . Goalkeeper Thomas Bowers made 22 saves for the Red Hawks. Gondresí four goals gave him 103 for his career, making him the first player in program history to record over 100 goals and 100 assists in a career (103 gls, 115 asts.)
Sheridan finished with 19 saves for the Rams, who received a two-goal effort from Cullen.