Montclair State vs. Eastern Connecticut
March 15, 2005
The Game Story:
Montclair, NJ (3/15/05) - Sophomore attacker Chris Elrod scored four goals and goalkeeper Will Holland made 16 stops as Eastern Connecticut State held off Montclair State, 11-10, in NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse action at Sprague Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Senior attacker Brian Hebron had three goals and two assists for the Warriors (2-0), who won their second straight one-goal contest of the season. ECSU upset No. 16 Rochester Tech in overtime, 12-11, in their season opener on March 6.

James Kole had three goals for the Red Hawks, who lost their second straight and fell to 1-3 on the season.

Eastern Connecticut led 8-4 at halftime and led 9-4 just over a minute into the third as Hebron scored his third at the 13:26 mark. But back came MSU with three straight goals to cut the lead to 9-7. Brian Fischer scored on the man-advantage and Kevin Gondres made the score 9-6 with 12:08 left. Kole then scored three minutes later pulling MSU within two.

Hebron's fourth tally with 4:22 left in the third pushed the lead back to 10-7, but Montclair struck twice more to get within a goal. Kole scored off an assist from Evan Wehmeyer at 4:10 and Sean Pekarsky tallied with 2:50 to play.

Rob Quamily got what proved to be the game-winner with 11:40 left as he notched his second of the season. However, MSU would not go away as John Della Pesca converted a Dave Armstrong pass to make the game, 11-10. MSU had it chances to tie the game, but Holland came up with a pair of big saves and Wehmeyer just missed getting the equalizer, hitting the post.

Tim Condron had six saves for Montclair State. Condron replaced Tom Bowers in the second half. Montclair outshot ECSU, 40-32, but the Red Hawks capitalized on just 1-of-8 man advantage opportunities, including three in the final period.

Elrod scored all four goals in the first half, including two 11 seconds apart as the Warriors led 2-0 at the end of one period and 8-4 at halftime. Holland helped that lead grow as he made nine saves in the opening 30 minutes.

The Red Hawks return to action on Saturday, March 19 as they travel to Allentown, PA to face Muhlenberg College at 1:00 pm. Eastern Connecticut returns home for a Monday, March 21 meeting with Tufts at 4:00 pm.