Upper Montclair, N.J. ...
Second-seeded Montclair State scored three second-half goals, including two in under a five-minute span, to defeat sixth-seeded Frostburg State, 3-1, in the semifinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Championship at Sprague Field Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Red Hawks (13-5) advance to Sunday's final, where they will face fourth-seeded St. Lawrence, which upset top-seeded Wesley, 3-1. The Bobcats, who made their second straight ECAC Tournament appearance, ended their season with an 11-7 overall record.
Frostburg State junior Katie Harrington (Prince Frederick, Md./Calvert) gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead just four minutes into the match as she beat Montclair goalkeeper Trisha Winkle with a shot from the right side.
Bobcat senior goalie Crystal Carter (Hurlock, Md./North Dorchester) kept the Red Hawks off the board with nine first-half saves as Frostburg State took their one-goal advantage into halftime.
However, in the second half, Montclair State kept the pressure on and finally broke through with 26:34 left when junior Allison Bellino scored off a penalty corner. Junior Laura Popes put the Red Hawks ahead for good less than five minutes later as she knocked in a loose ball in front of the cage.
Senior Alison Bonavita capped off the scoring with 11:39 remaining.
Junior Donna Wixted had a pair of assists for the Red Hawks, who a school record with their 13th win of the season. The Red Hawks broke the mark of 12 set in 1997.
Carter made 17 saves for the Bobcats, including her second stop of a penalty stroke in as many games, while Winkle turned away seven shots for MSU. The Red Hawks outshot the Bobcats, 14-12, and held a 10-4 advantage in penalty corners, eight which came in the second half.
"We played an excellent first half, but there were some very questionable calls on penalty corners in the second," said Bobcat first-year head coach Rita Hegeman. "Overall, it was a very good season."
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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303