Montclair, N.J. (4/8/14) – Senior Carly Seidel netted a team-high three goals as the Kean University women's lacrosse team fell just short to rival Montclair State University by the final of 11-9 Tuesday evening in NJAC action.
After falling behind 5-0 in the first period, the Cougars (6-5, 0-2 NJAC) mounted a rally, scoring five of the game's six next goals. Seidel broke up the shutout with a free position goal with 9:27 on the clock, followed by two quick goals in the span of 13 seconds as Meghan Schneck and Jordan Blanda both found the back of the net. MSU's Tierney Conlon answered right back with a quick goal of her own, but Kean found the momentum again, pulling within one at 6-5. Montclair (12-0, 2-0 NJAC) closed out the half with two goals for some breathing room, with the score at 8-5 at the halfway point.
Kelly Schoneveld pushed the lead out to four with back-to-back goals early in the second half. Kean clawed their way back and scored three straight, with two off the hands of Seidel (pictured left) to edge within one (10-9) with 9:09 on the clock. Unfortunate turnovers gave MSU the ball back, of which they capitalized with 5:10 to go as Kasey McGuire added insurance.
After winning the final draw control of the match, the Red Hawks held the ball to pull away with the win.
On paper, the two teams were evenly matched as both teams won 11 controls. MSU held a one shot advantage (19-18) and one groundball advantage (12-11).
Kean returns home to face Richard Stockton College on Saturday at 1 p.m.