No. 19 Field Hockey Nipped by No. 12 Montclair State in NJAC Semis

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (11/2/16) – The No. 19 Kean University field hockey team was on the short end of a 1-0 thriller in the NJAC semifinals against No. 12 Montclair State on Wednesday night. The Cougars were the third seed in the tournament and MSU was No. 2.

The game between the rivals was exceptionally tight and featured two green cards, a yellow card and a red card.

A big save by Kean goaltender Erin Smith (pictured left) on a wicked shot from five yards out with two minutes to go in the first half kept the game scoreless. It would prove to be the only shot on goal for either team in the first half. Montclair managed a total of three shots and three corners, while the Cougars were held without a shot.

The Red Hawks scored five minutes after the break. Kaitlyn Struss forked the ball over the plywood and into the twine after a penalty corner for the 1-0 Montclair lead. It was her 13th goal of the season.

The Cougars earned their first penalty corner with 23 minutes remaining. Shauna LaMaina crushed a shot that was blocked down in front. MSU goaltender Kaitlyn Maguire sprawled to make the initial save and was also able to make the stop on Katie-Lynne Lussier's follow-up bid during Kean's best scoring chance of the night.

Montclair finished with 10 total shots but put only two on-net. Kean took three shots but tested Maguire on all of them. MSU also led the corner count 6-2.

The field hockey team is currently 16-3 on the season and is awaiting the announcement of the eight-team ECAC Tournament field early next week.