March 3, 2014

MD3 Notebook: Montclair Was Ready for Upset

Montclair State senior goalie Michael Dorn made 20 saves in the Red Hawks victory over Dickinson. It was MSU's first win over a Top 10 team in the 43-year history of the program. (Montclair State Sports Information)

Montclair State knew they were heading into a hornets nest. Traveling to Carlisle on the heels of Dickinson's stunning, 10-goal loss to Cabrini midweek, the Red Hawks assumed the Red Devils would be looking to get their season back on course.

"I figured they'd be chomping at the bit to get after anybody else," said Montclair head coach Chris Kivlen. "It just happened to be us."

Meanwhile, MSU was entering the game 2-0 after needing a nearly miraculous five-goal comeback against RPI the week before. This contest had all the looks of trouble brewing for Kivlen's bunch.

And after the first quarter, it was 6-1.

In favor of Montclair State, as the Red Hawks scored five consecutive goals to finish the opening stanza, including a back-breaker by Brett Mangan – one of his five on the day – with six seconds left.

"We came out ready to go," Kivlen said. "The guys were fired up to be out there. We were loose before the game, but in control. We got out there and things went well for us in the first quarter and we just kept it going throughout the game."'

Predictably, Dickinson responded from the initial onslaught, scoring six of the next nine goals to trim the lead to 9-7 early in the third quarter. It was something that was discussed prior to the contest.

"As a coaching staff, heading into the game we talked about it being a game of runs," Kivlen said. "We learned that during the RPI game. Playing Dickinson, you know they are not going to get shutout. They are going to make a run because they are a great team. We really kept our composure during the game. At one point I looked at the scoreboard and it was 10-7 and thought, 'We're in control of the game and they're the ones who have the pressure on them.'"

Ratcheting up the pressure on Dickinson was Montclair senior goalie Michael Dorn. The All-American turned away 20 shots, including seven in the fourth quarter when the Red Devils made their last ditch effort to get back in the game. Kivlen wasn't that surprised.

"He's been unbelievable leader for us and was amazing in the goal today," the coach said. "I've never seen anybody work as hard as he does. He is always hanging out after practice and on the weekends. He is just always around the building getting shot on. He does all the extras, so it's a credit to him for him to work hard and make himself a better player. It's just showing. He stepped up today on the big stage."

Dorn was aided by the play of the close defense led by rising star Kiel Dietrich. The junior was instrumental in forcing Dickinson to generate its offense through the midfield and away from the highly-decorated attack unit. Brian Cannon, Brian Gleason and Will Scott combined for 14 shots on the day, the same amount as Devils midfielder Chris Menard. "Hopefully he's somebody who gets more attention for how well he is playing," said Kivlen of Dietrich.

The Red Hawks settle in at 3-0 to start the season – which includes the first Top 10 win in the 43-year history of the program – with just two games over the next two weeks before consecutive contests against St. Mary's and Stevens four days apart. They'll be targeted now as big win for every other team on the schedule, meaning Montclair's heads can only be in the clouds for so long after this monumental win.

"Monday is going to be the toughest practice of the season to bring them back down to earth," Kivlen said, laughing. "We'll get after it then. We're enjoying this one right now and then we'll get back to work. This team has, after a couple of years of being together, an understanding of how to be humble and how to prepare for games. We're proud to be 3-0, but I think they are looking forward to getting back to work."

Lacrosse Magazine's Player of the Week

Michael Dorn, Sr., G – Montclair State
Montclair State posted the first win against a Top 10 team in the program's 43-year history on Saturday when the Red Hawks took down then-No. 5 Dickinson. They couldn't have done it without the play of senior goalie Michael Dorn. "He certainly made some of the spectacular-type saves," Montclair head coach Chris Kivlen said. "We want to be an up-tempo team and that's everywhere, so we put pressure on defense and sometimes we give up looks right on him, and he bails us out. He has the ability to make that one-on-one save and he did that today."

Honor Roll
Matt Beebe (Keuka), Brandon Body (Western N.E.), Nick Bologno (Richard Stockton), Stefan Basile (Union), Chris Griffin (Calvin), Jim Cusick (Washington College), Ryan Davidson (Randolph-Macon), Adam Fiore (Guilford), Jake Giudice (Brockport), Jack Kreitler (Colorado College), Mike Leyden (Cabrini), Brett Mangan (Montclair State), Breanainn McNeally (RPI), Connor Morgan (Hamilton), Mikey O'Neal (Otterbein), Tony Rossi (Stevenson), Austin Sayre (Colby), Philip Schaefer (Farmingdale), Chris Schoenhut (Tufts), Kyle Schnitzer (Alma), Dylan Sheehan (Springfield), Pat Slawta (Ithaca), Eric Waibel (Eastern), Jakob Works (Huntingdon), Derek Youngman (Colby).

Pool Duty

Pool B
1. Eastern (3-0)
2. Sewanee (2-1)
3. Colorado College (2-2)
4. Otterbein (1-1)
5. Whittier (0-0)

Pool C
1. York (3-1)
2. Dickinson (2-2)
3. Nazareth (0-1)
4. St. Mary's (2-1)
5. Washington & Lee (2-2)

Slides & Rides

- By any measure, this was not a good week for Dickinson. It's not panic time for the Red Devils by any means, but Dave Webster will have to sift through the ashes of the Cabrini and Montclair losses and find out what happened. He'll be able to take his time doing it as Dickinson finally gets a breather. After opening up the season with four games in 10 days, the pace slows considerably, with only three games over the next three weeks. Montclair head coach Chris Kivlen admitted that having a week to prepare for the Devils was helpful in them pulling off the upset, especially with the Devils on a short week. You can bet Webster will be take a long look at his future schedules to make sure he's not playing at a disadvantage.

- Speaking of the Centennial, if Dickinson looks in the rearview mirror, it'll see Washington College right on its bumper and Gettysburg not too far behind. The Shoremen went into Lexington and manhandled Washington & Lee, 15-8, and chased the Generals starting goalie after 16 minutes. Five different players had at least two goals for the Geese, who are now 2-0 with a midweek game against St. Mary's looming. Gettysburg was neck-and-neck with Salisbury, but the Bullets were undone by eight penalties (the Gulls converted four for goals) in the 11-9 loss. Still, the 'Burg appears to have an offense to go along with its stout defense this year.

- The NESCAC season kicked off on Saturday, and the shocker of the day was Tufts' 24-6 dismantling of Middlebury. It was the worst loss for the Panthers since a 23-3 setback against Harvard in 1961 – a span of 53 years. The conference is starting play a week earlier this year, which may have played a role in the lopsided score, but the Jumbos played like they were in a different division. Wesleyan, the only other ranked team heading into the weekend, needed overtime to tame Hamilton and gave up 11 goals – not a good sign for the Cardinals zone. Colby, Bowdoin and Amherst looked solid in their home openers while Conn. College managed to beat non-con foe Roger Williams by a goal.

- Ohio Wesleyan gained a measure of revenge for its ouster from the tournament last year by downing Aurora, 7-5. The Spartans are now 0-2 to start the season...the announcers for the Stevenson-Western New England broadcast on said that WNE attackman Adam Knapton broke his wrist in the loss to Keene State and was not available. There was no word on how long Knapton will be out, but that's a blow to the Golden Bears and a rotten turn of events for a senior primed for a big year...Stevenson bounced WNE, 14-5...congrats to Dickinson's Brian Cannon and Cortland's Joe Slavik for their inclusion on the Tewaaraton award watch list. I would guess that Cabrini's Corey Elmer will be showing up on future lists, if only as a token...Ithaca hung around for a while, helped by six goals from Pat Slawta, but RIT eventually pulled away for a 15-11 win...Springfield is now 3-0 after knocking off Stevens on the road, 14-10...

- If the ODAC wants to get three teams in the tourney again this year, it better pick up the pace. In addition to Washington & Lee's loss to WAC, Lynchburg dipped below .500 with a 16-11 setback to Cabrini and Roanoke is still languishing at 1-2 despite beating Colorado College on Sunday. The 10-team ODAC is 17-14 in non-conference action so far this year, mostly because Guilford and Randolph – two teams that finished a combined 13-19 in '13 – are 5-0 to this point.

- Congrats to DePauw, which registered its first victory in its second year of existence. Freshman Robert Lapp and Adam Bridges both scored six goals and set up a seventh to lead the Tigers to a 14-6 victory over Elmhurst. DePauw lost to Elmhurst, 14-4, last spring...first-year Mitchell head coach John Keysor picked up his first collegiate win with a 14-8 victory over Anna Maria...Capital and head coach Bill Olin won their first-ever game, taking down Franciscan, 13-4...Jack Sandler won his inaugural game on the Colby sidelines, dismantling Trinity, Elizabethtown head coach Drew Delaney is 2-0 with the Blue Jays.

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