Montclair State vs. Farmingdale
April 29, 2009
The Game Story:

Montclair, NJ (4/29/09) Ė Freshman attack Tyler Meth (Basking Ridge, NJ / Ridge) scored five times while sophomore Robert Sinicola (North Caldwell, NJ / West Essex) added a pair of scores and three assists as top-seeded Montclair State scored 10 times in the first half en route to a 13-5 victory over No. 4 seed Farmingdale State in the semifinals of the Skyline Conference Tournament at Sprague Field on Wednesday evening.

Senior John Schiavone (Montclair, NJ / 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 2 at Sprague Field beginning at 1:00 pm with the winner also earning the leagueís automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Menís Lacrosse Championship. The Red Hawks won the regular-season meeting with the Cougars, 6-4 on April 8 at Sprague Field.

The game will take place nearly a year to the day of last seasonís thrilling contest won by Kean, which scored the final three goals, including the game-winner with 57 seconds to play, for an 8-7 victory. The Cougars reached the championship contest by scoring twice inside the final 31 seconds for a 7-6 win at No. 2 seed Richard Stockton also on Wednesday.

Joe Stroessenreuther (Bethpage, NY / Bethpage) scored twice for Farmingdale, 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, NY / 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, NJ / Kinnelon) scored a man-up goal 29 seconds in and defenseman Patrick Ferry (Clifton, NJ / 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, NJ / Glen Ridge) and Sinicola closed out MSUís scoring in the fourth for the final margin.

MSU goalkeeper Thomas Bowers (Hamburg, NJ / Pope John XXIII) made four saves for MSU, which outshot the Rams, 39-16 in the game. Senior Teddy Leone (East Meadow, NY / East Meadow) had 12 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, NY / West Babylon) posted four ground balls and eight faceoff wins for Farmingdale State.