Montclair State Stops Rams in Semifinals

Montclair State Stops Rams in Semifinals

Rams Season Ends in Skyline Semifinals

#1 Montclair State - 13, #4 Farmingdale State - 5

Montclair, N.J. – After grabbing the #4 seed for the Skyline Tournament, the Rams season ended with a 13-5 loss to top-seeded Montclair State on Wednesday evening. The Red Hawks led at the half, 10-4 and would hold Farmingdale to one goal over the final two periods, en route to the 13-5 victory.

Freshman attack Tyler Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J. / Ridge) scored five times while sophomore Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, N.J. / West Essex) added a pair of scores and three assists. Senior John Schiavone (Montclair, N.J. / Montclair) scored twice and won 10-of-16 faceoffs as the Red Hawks moved to 12-4 on the year and advance to the championship game. MSU, winners of six straight, will host third-seeded Kean University in the title contest on Saturday, May 2nd at Sprague Field, beginning at 1:00 pm, with the winner earning the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.

Joe Stroessenreuther (Bethpage, N.Y. / Bethpage) scored twice for Farmingdale (6-10), which ended its season at 6-10. The Rams, who fell to MSU for the second time this season, also had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Farmingdale jumped on top 1:06 into the contest as Jimmy Owsinski (Kings Park, N.Y. / Kings Park) fed Stroessenreuther for his 24th goal of the season. Montclair State would answer just over a minute later as Schiavone scored unassisted triggering a three-goal run by the Red Hawks. Meth scored the latter two goals eight seconds apart as Montclair went up 3-1 with 5:28 left in the opening period.

Stroessenreuther registered hits second goal with 4:47 to play, but Meth scored on the man-advantage and Sinicola followed with an unassisted marker as Montclair led 5-3 at the end of one period. The Red Hawks would put the first five goals on the board in the second period. Mike Corsetto (Kinnelon, N.J. / Kinnelon) scored a man-up goal 29 seconds in and defenseman Patrick Ferry (Clifton, N.J. / Clifton) ran the length of the field for his third of the year as MSU increased its lead to 7-3. Meth and Schiavone scored 39 seconds part midway through the period before Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) capped off the run with his 32nd with 4:53 remaining as Montclair would lead 10-4 at the break.

Erick Thomson (Floral Park, NY / Floral Park) cut the MSU lead to 10-5 early in the third quarter, but Meth finished off his night with his fifth of the game with 2:59 left as Montclair led 11-5 after three periods. Greg Fitzgerald (Glen Ridge, N.J. / Glen Ridge) and Sinicola closed out MSU’s scoring in the fourth for the final margin.

MSU goalkeeper Thomas Bowers (Hamburg, N.J. / Pope John XXIII) made four saves for MSU, which outshot the Rams, 39-16 in the game. Senior Teddy Leone (East Meadow, N.Y.. / East Meadow) had 12 saves for Famringdale.

Schiavone also added five ground balls while Bowers led Montclair with six ground balls. Collin Marsh (Asbury, NJ. / North Hunterdon) had four caused turnovers. Joe Nacarlo (West Babylon, N.Y. / West Babylon) posted four ground balls and eight faceoff wins for Farmingdale State.