The Red Hawks dropped a convincing 18-6 win on April 30 at home against the Maritime College Privateers (7-7), extending their win streak to six games and making their overall record 10-6. The trouncing has also upheld their Skyline Conference lead, making them 6-0 and the sole undefeated team left going into the upcoming conference tournament.
Closing out the regular season four wins over .500 is a welcome turn after the team started surprisingly slow to begin the season, compiling a 1-5 record to open 2016.
The Red Hawks’ senior leaders did not disappoint as midfielder Zack Schreck and attackers Brett Mangan and Don Finn all produced at a high level – a consistency they have displayed all season long.
Schreck’s seven point performance (5G, 2A) went a long way, earning him the Skyline Conference Player of the Week award – the second time in a row a Red Hawk has taken home that honor, as Mangan did it the week before.
Mangan could have just as easily been considered for the award as he posted an astounding nine point game (6G, 3A), continuing an already team leading season for the veteran Red Hawk.
As he is undoubtedly known for, Finn showed up as the point guard of the team, contributing three assists early in the first quarter, helping Montclair State jump out to an early lead.
That lead then developed exponentially quickly as the over-matched Privateers fell down to the Red Hawks 10-1 before the second quarter even began.
After Schreck put up a 12th minute goal on a Finn assist to open the scoring, Maritime answered back just 30 seconds later with a goal of their own by sophomore attacker T.J. Ragusa. But not a peep would be heard out of them again until early in the third quarter, as Montclair State unloaded for 12 goals in a row before the Privateers showed any other signs of life.
The Red Hawks had over a 50% shooting success rate as they scored their 18 goals on just 30 shots on goal. The team also went 2-for-3 on man up opportunities, continuing their recent trend of scoring when they should.
Penalties continue to be a slight issue for Montclair State with five total, which allowed four man up opportunities for Maritime, though they did keep them out of the net during those chances. Turnovers were down though with just 12 after committing 18 or more the last two games.
The win also came on Montclair State’s Senior Day – a time for the campus to bid farewell to the team’s outgoing players. The Red Hawks’ most valuable contributors will be on their way out, including Finn, Mangan, Schreck, and senior midfielder Connor Cunningham – a group comprising four of the top five team leaders in points for the season.
Junior attacker Brady Wulster is expected to be the heir of the Red Hawks’ leadership role next season after scoring 28 goals in a very successful junior campaign, placing him second on the team in that category.
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