Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/16/19
From Press Release
Junior Justin Monaghan (Ridley) scored on a rocket from the left wing 50 seconds into the second overtime lifting host DeSales past Montclair State, 14-13, in the region’s Division III season opener Friday evening.
Monaghan had three goals overall and DeSales got six goals from Zach Bowen (Appoquinimink, DE).
Final Score: DeSales – 14, Montclair State – 13 (2 OT)
Records: DeSales (1-0 overall); Montclair State (0-1 overall)
How it Happened
The Bulldogs stormed out of the gates in this one scoring seven goals in the first 7:40 of the game to take a 7-0 lead as sophomore Bowen led the way with five of the seven tallies.
The Red Hawks turned the momentum, taking advantage of a few Bulldogs mistakes to score five straight goals before DSU scored with 1:47 left to take an 8-5 first quarter lead.
The second quarter was much more defensive as each team scored twice giving DeSales a 10-7 halftime lead.
The third quarter was a carbon copy of the second with teach team scoring twice as the Bulldogs clung to a three-goal advantage heading into the final 15 minutes.
MSU pulled within one goal at the 11:53 mark but DeSales regained a two-goal advantage (13-11) with 11:02 remaining.
The Red Hawks got within with just over minutes left but DSU held that one goal lead inside one minute in the game.
After a Bulldog shot hit the post, resetting the shot clock, DeSales was whistled for an illegal pick giving Montclair State the ball on the ground ball pickup.
The Red Hawks called timeout and with 52 ticks on the clock were able to tie the game for the first time since it was 0-0 as the game headed into overtime.
Neither team was able to get a shot off in the first overtime period.
DeSales won the face-off to start the second OT and 50 seconds into the second extra period, junior Matt Brown found Monaghan on the left wing and he rifled a shot into the upper corner of the net to give DeSales the season opening win.
Top Bulldog Performers
Bowen was outstanding at the start scoring six goals, five in the first 7:40 of the game.
Senior Joe Neggia finished with three goals and one assist and Monaghan added three goals.
Freshman Tom Connors had two goals.
Brown and freshman Sean Wiser each had two assists, while junior Frank Krug (La Salle), freshman Kai Taylor (Wilmington Charter), sophomore Matt Motto (Paul VI, NJ), and sophomore Dylan Valinchus each had assists.
Krug finished with a team-high seven ground balls and caused three turnovers.
Sophomore Vince Maria had a team-high four caused turnovers.
Senior Matt Barry had 14 saves in between the pipes.