Tourney Bound: Montclair St. Stags Skyline
from press release
MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Sophomore midfielder Cora Delfini (New Egypt, NJ / New Egypt) scored six goals and added an assist, earning Most Valuable Player honors as top-seeded Montclair State reclaimed the Skyline Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship with a 17-6 victory over No. 2 seed Ramapo College at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Kayla Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) added four goals while Lauren Adams (Jackson, NJ / Jackson Memorial) collected three goals and four assists as the Red Hawks (12-4) claimed the conference crown for the fourth time in five years while also earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship. Selections for the NCAA will be announced on Sunday, May 9.
It will be MSU's third trip to the NCAAs having gone in 2007 and 2008.
Sophomore Amanda Baretta (Roseland, NJ / West Essex) and freshman Adrianna Tepedino (Freehold, NJ / Freehold Township) had two goals apiece for Ramapo (10-6), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Roadrunners reached the final by knocking off defending champion Farmingdale State, 15-10 in the semifinals on Thursday.
Montclair State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the game. Adams set up Delfini for the first goal 1:55 into the contest and then fed Henderson for her first with 24:24 left as MSU went up by two. Morgan MacPhee (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) followed with an unassisted tally two minutes later and Delfini's first 34 seconds after that put the Red Hawks in front by four with 21:38 remaining.
Barretta would get Ramapo on the board with an unassisted score with 19:57 to play however Montclair would go on a six-goal run to open up a 10-1 lead. Henderson and Delfini started off the spurt with unassisted goals and MacPhee connected off an assist from Jess Curran (Yorktown Heights, NY / Lakeland) to make the score 7-1. Delfini's third of the contest came on a free position shot with 8:27 to go and unassisted goals by Kailee Beal (Succasunna, NJ / Roxbury) and Henderson (player-down goal) capped the run as Montclair led 10-2 at the break.
Delfini and MacPhee scored the first two goals in the second half to push the lead to 12-2 for Montclair before Ramapo answered back with goals by Tepedino and Jenna Pfarr (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) to make the score 12-4 with 21:54 on the clock. Adams found Henderson a minute later and then scored one of her own with 19:19 left as MSU restored the lead to 14-4.
Freshman goalkeeper Tiffani Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) made eight saves for Montclair State, which outshot the Roadrunners, 32-17 in the game. Delfini added five draws and two ground balls while defenders Ashley Krzysik (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) and Kristin Quigley (Mount Laurel, NJ / Lenape) had four ground balls apiece. Kryzsik, Sara Watson (Medford Lakes, NJ / Shawnee) and Jamie Hudacko (Montville, NJ / Montville) each forced two turnovers. Hudacko also had three draws as did Quigley.
Senior goalkeeper Megan Tierney (Wayne, NJ / Wayne Hills) stopped 11 shots for Ramapo, which got four draws from Barretta. Pfarr added three draws while Tepedino collected six ground balls, two draws and three forced turnovers. Kristen Jakubik (Cranford, NJ / Cranford) had two caused turnovers.
The championship also continued Montclair State's dominance in the Skyline Conference since joining the league in 2006. In the last five years, Montclair has won four regular-season and tournament titles and has posted an overall mark of 40-2 in the league which includes regular-season (31-1) and post-season contests (9-1).
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