UNION, N.J. -- Top-ranked Montclair State got three goals in the first half from three different players as the Red Hawks wrapped up the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular-season crown for the second consecutive season with a 5-0 victory against Kean on Wednesday evening.
Freshman forward Gianna Moglino, the NJAC rookie of the week, had a goal and assist as the Red Hawks (17-1) also claimed the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NJAC tournament. Montclair, the defending league champion, will host a semifinal contest against an opponent yet to be determined.
Sophomore forward Maura Johnston got MSU on the board at the 11:17 mark of the first half as she put away a rebound on the left side after Moglino's initial shot was stopped by Cougar keeper Katie DiCarlo. The lead was extended to 2-0 less than five minutes later as Stephanie Lewis was there to put in another rebound.
Katie Lipsit made it a three-goal margin with 5:30 to play in the first half as she sprung free on a perfectly-placed pass from Moglino who then got a goal of her own in the second half to make the score 4-0. Meghan Weiss completed the scoring with 6:55 left as the Red Hawks capitalized off a penalty corner with Jennifer Tafro picking up the assist.
No. 9 TCNJ 4, Messiah 1
EWING, N.J. -- TCNJ scored four unanswered goals as the Lions netted a 4-1 non-conference win against visiting Messiah on Tuesday.
The Lions trailed by a goal in the opening period, but responded in impressive fashion tying the game by the half and then exploding for three more goals in the final frame. The win put the ninth-ranked Lions at 14-3 on the season, while the 13th-ranked Falcons fell to 12-4.
Freshman Amanda Krause made four saves to earn the win.
In goal for the Falcons, senior Molly Gebrosky finished with eight saves.