Union, N.J. (4/7/15) – Montclair State University used a strong first half to pull away from the Kean University women's lacrosse team by the final of 13-4 in NJAC action on Tuesday evening.
The Red Hawks (6-4, 2-0 NJAC) held the Cougars (2-8, 0-2 NJAC) scoreless in the first 30 minutes, sprinting out to a 9-0 lead.
After a quick goal from Alexa DiPiero, the defense took over for both teams as neither team was able to put another tally on the board for the next 10 minutes. Francesca Verrone broke through with a free position goal at 18:57 and MSU paced their way to a 4-0 lead through the midway point of the first period. The Red Hawks then powered their way toward the break, scoring five goals in the final six plus minutes to jump out to the 9-0 advantage.
Seven different Red Hawks scored in the first 30 minutes, with Aviana Paraggio and Jenna Bussiere each netting two.
After pushing ahead to a double digit lead with the first goal of the second half, the Cougars erased the shutout with a free position goal from junior Jordan Blanda. Trailing 12-1, Kean put together string of three consecutive goals, two from rookie Eliza Clark (pictured left) and the final from Sam Gnapp.
For MSU, Bussiere and Paraggio each had a hat trick, with Parragio adding an assist. Senior Tierney Conlon registered six groundballs, two draw controls and three caused turnovers on the night.
Kean will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Manhattanville College in a rescheduled matchup at 4 p.m.