Montclair State vs. Haverford
March 2, 2005
The Game Story:
Montclair, NJ (3/02/05) –Freshman attacker Bryan Klimchak (right) scored off a feed from John Della Pesca midway through the fourth quarter as Montclair State tallied the only two goals in the final period in a 13-12 win over Haverford College at Sprague Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Evan Wehmeyer and James Kole each netted a hat trick for the Red Hawks (1-1), who trailed by one entering the final quarter and withstood a final shot by the Fords in the closing seconds. Joe Mauri had five goals for Haverford, which suffered its first loss following a season-opening 12-10 win over FDU-Florham.

MSU trailed 12-11 after three periods, but got the equalizer as Kevin Gondres notched his second of the game, a falling-down shot that beat Haverford goalkeeper K.C. Peterson inside the near post. The game would remain tied for the next two-plus minutes before Montclair took the lead for good. Della Pesca fed a cutting Klimchak, coming through the middle with 7:16 to play. Klimchak then fired a shot into the top portion of the goal for the eventual game-winner.

From that point on the game became a defensive battle with Haverford getting a final shot to tie the game. Taking advantage of an MSU turnover in the attacking zone with 28 seconds left, the Fords moved the ball down the field where they would get their chance. Ben Reed fired a point-blank shot from eight yards out that Red Hawk goalkeeper Tom Bowers stopped to keep Montclair State in front. The ball came back out in front, however, defender Ken Weinraub was there to scoop up the loose ball and run out the clock.

In a back-and-forth affair, Haverford took the lead in the third period as Matt Thorne-Fitzgerald and Neil Gordon scored to put the Fords in front, 11-9. Wehmeyer would get Montclair back within a goal, but Thorne-Fitzgerald answered to make the score 12-10 with 5:35 left in the period. Wehmeyer scored 28 seconds later as Haverford held a 12-11 lead heading into the final quarter.

Thorne-Fitzgerald finished with four goals for Haverford while Gondres had two goals and three assists for Montclair State. Wehmeyer added two assists for MSU, which also got a goal from senior Sean Pekarsky, the 100th of his career making just the eighth player in Montclair State history to score 100 goals in a career.

Bowers finished with 18 saves for Montclair State, which outshot Haverford, 46-43 in the game, including 13-5 in the final period. Peterson had 13 saves for Haverford.