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COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY: SUNY New Paltz stuns nationally ranked Montclair State

NEW PALTZ – Two goals in a span of 4:11 in the first half helped vault the State University of New York at New Paltz field hockey team to a stunning 2-1 win over No. 11 Montclair State University on Wednesday afternoon in the Hawks’ 2015 home opener at the North Turf Field.

It marks the Hawks’ first win over the Red Hawks in program history, as New Paltz had fallen 13 times to Montclair State before coming up with a signature victory Wednesday. It also signifies the program’s first win over a nationally-ranked team since a 5-2 triumph over then-No. 9 William Smith College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Nov. 13, 2013.

New Paltz rises to 4-0 overall with the win.

The Hawks showed they belonged in the same class as the Red Hawks from the get-go in the first half. In an opening 35 minutes that saw few offensive chances, freshman midfielder Samantha Ackerman put New Paltz on the board first in the 12th minute, as she inserted a ball on a penalty corner, crashed the circle and tipped in a hard pass from the top of the circle from senior back Jessica Caruana.

Just 4:11 later, New Paltz cashed in on yet another penalty-corner opportunity, as junior forward Kayla McKeveny rattled the back of the cage off a hard blast from the top of the circle. That would serve as the halftime margin, as each team registered just four shots in the first half.

Montclair State spent most of the second half in its attacking third of the field, but New Paltz’s stout defense prevented the Red Hawks from mounting a comeback. Freshman midfielder/defender Kailey Dalgauer halved the Hawks’ advantage after tipping in a hard pass from senior defender Charisse Myers in the 54th minute, but despite taking 11 shots and earning 11 penalty corners in the second half, Montclair State was never able to find the equalizer.


One Comment

  1. Ed Burke

    September 22, 2015 at 8:01 am

    They beat 5th ranked Skidmore this past Saturday as well 3-2 after trailing 2-0

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