MONTCLAIR, NJ - Senior Avery Nesmith scored a hat trick and had two assists, leading Montclair to a 11-5 win over Columbia at Woodman Field in Montclair.
The home side, now with a 7-6 record, took initiative early on in the match, as junior Brock Bowers found Torin Ottaway open to put Montclair ahead on the scoreboard.
The Mounties were quick to follow, as they picked up the pressure leaving no gaps for Columbia to cause any sort of offensive threat.
Montclair entered the second half with a 5-2 lead, the Mounties were able to maintain the pace for the entirety of the second period, securing a comfortable win following goals from senior Sam Crutchfield and junior Will Wrede.
Ottaway finished the game with a hat trick, while Wrede and Crutchfield each contributed with two goals apiece.
The Mounties now prepare to make their debut in the Essex County tournament, facing Livingston, also 7-6, 4PM at Woodman Field in Montclair.
The Lancers beat Columbia 8-6 last week in the round of 16 before advancing to the next round.
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