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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (1/17/09) - For the second straight game, the Kean University men's basketball team limited a New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent to under 40 points, as the Cougars picked up a key 48-39 victory over New Jersey City University on Saturday afternoon in NJAC action. Juniors Brian Lytle (Union, N.J.) and Dean Hughes (Pemberton Twp., N.J.) each had 10 points for the Cougars (9-8, 3-3 NJAC). Freshman forward Rashawn Smalls (Jersey City, N.J.) recorded game-highs of 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Gothic Knights (6-7, 2-3 NJAC), as NJCU was limited to its lowest point output in 55 years.
In a defensive battle to start the game, nearly team scored for more than four minutes until the Cougars put the first points on the board 4:12 into the contest on a jumper by Lytle. The first half saw five lead changes and four ties, neither team led by more than four points and NJCU took a slim 21-19 advantage at the break.
Smalls had 11 points and nine rebounds in the opening half for NJCU, while sophomore Jonathan Jones (Linden, N.J.) and senior Sean Carter (Freehold, N.J.) each had four points.
The Cougars took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Hughes with 15:34 remaining in the game. After the Cougars extended the lead to nine points, NJCU pulled back to within five points with 59 seconds remaining before Kean sealed the win hitting 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch.
Sophomore Akinwande Oshodi (Florence, N.J.) added nine points and eight rebounds for the Cougars, while rookie Michael Oglesby (Neptune, N.J.) grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and senior guard Yasien Beatty (Jersey City, N.J.) made five steals.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (1/17/09) - Junior guard Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) scored a team-high 17 points to lead five players in double figures, as the Kean University women's basketball team cruised past New Jersey City University, 93-46, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon. The 24th-ranked Cougars (13-3, 6-0 NJAC) shot 53.0 percent from the floor for the game (35- of-66). Freshman guard Lashawn Overton (Jersey City, N.J.) scored a game-high 21 points for the Gothic Knights (4-11, 1-4 NJAC).
The Cougars shot a blistering 63.6 percent (21-of-33) from the floor in the first half to take a 50-30 lead at halftime. Kean had a 12-0 run early and later followed with a 15-0 spurt to break the game open.
Sophomore forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) had 11 first-half points, while Jackman (pictured right) chipped in with nine points for the Cougars. Overton paced the Gothic Knights with eight points, as the Cougars limited NJCU to just 7-of-32 shooting (21.9 percent).
In the second-half, the Cougars used a 13-3 run to extend the lead to as many as 49 points en-route to the 47-point victory and the Cougars scored more than 90 points for the second-straight game.
Patrick finished with a double-double, posting 15 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Also in double-figures for the Cougars, junior forward Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) hit all four of her field goals en-route to 12 points, while junior Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) and sophomore Angelica Bermudez (Belleville, N.J.) each came off the bench to score 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Senior guard Ebony Jackson (Newark, N.J.) posted nine points and eight assists.
New York, N.Y. (1/21/09) - The women's basketball team survived a late Baruch rally to record a 72-70 non-conference victory on Wednesday night at the ARC Arena in New York City.Kean, ranked #24 in the D3hoops.com poll and tied at #22 in the USA Today/ESPN Div. III Coaches poll, led for most of the contest and held a comfortable 68-57 advantage with only 1:42 left on the clock.
Baruch went on a last minute 13-2 rally to tie the game (70-70) with Awa Diop connecting on her sixth 3-pointer of the evening with 36 seconds left.
Ebony Jackson (Newark, N.J.) scored on KU's next possession with a jumper inside the paint for a two-point lead with 11 seconds remaining.
Baruch had the final possession and raced down the court, but missed their final two attempts.
Kean (14-3) dominated the scoring in the paint (28-14) and received balanced scoring with four players in double-figures to earn their 14th win of the season.
Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) led the Cougars with a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) in 38 minutes of action, while Angelica Bermudez (Belleville, N.J.) added a double-double of her own with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) missed a double-double with 13 points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots and four steals. Jackson, who hit the winning jump shot, finished with 12 points and also contributed seven assists and eight rebounds.
Pomona, N.J. (12/3/08) - Senior Melissa Beyruti (Union City, N.J.) notched a team-high 23 points as the women's basketball team outlasted Richard Stockton College, 88-80, Wednesday evening. The win keeps #3 Kean perfect at 5-0 this season and marks their first New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) win in opening night action.
After seven lead changes, the Cougars and Ospreys battled to a 40-40 tie after 20 minutes of action. Junior Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) recorded 10 first half points while Beyruti added 10 of her own.
Both teams again see-sawed in the early goings of the second half before Jackman initiated a 12-1 run with 12 minutes to go, contributing eight points in the span, for a lead KU would not relinquish.
Kean widened their lead to as many as 12 points (74-62) at 12:43 as Beyruti hit her third trey of the evening.
Jackman finished with 21 points while junior forward Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) had 11 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) recorded seven points and four rebounds in her first action of the 2008-09 season.
UNION, N.J. (11/25/08) - Senior guard Melissa Beyruti (Union City, N.J.) led four Cougars in double-figures, scoring a game-high 19 points to guide Kean University to a 84-38 victory over visiting John Jay College in non-conference women's basketball action on Tuesday evening. The third-ranked Cougars (4-0) shot 55.6 percent (20-of-36) from the floor in the first half and used a 34-2 run in the first half, while the Bloodhounds (1-2) hit just 22.9 percent (16-of-70) of their shots for the game.
Sophomore guard Maxine Jenkins (Astoria, N.Y.) led John Jay with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Tied at 6-6 with 13:21 remaining in the first half, Kean closed out the first half on a 43-9 run to build a 34-point lead at halftime.
Sophomore Angelica Bermudez (Belleville, N.J.) led the Cougars with 10 points, hitting 5-of-7 from the floor, while junior Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) added 10 rebounds in the opening half. Sophomore Dominique Grice (North Babylon, N.Y.) led John Jay with seven points.
The Cougars continued to extend the lead in the second half to close out the 46-point margin of victory, the second time this season they have won by at least 40 points.
Beyruti finished with three three pointers, while Bermudez hit all three of her second half shots to finish the night 8-of-10 from the floor with 17 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) had 16 points, while Brown had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
For the Bloodhounds, Grice finished with nine points, while junior forward Parker Griffin (New York, N.Y.) added seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.
PITMAN, N.J. (11/23/08) - Freshmen Thomas D'Ambrisi (pictured right) (Eatontown, N.J.) and Jamahl Williams (pictured below) (Passaic, N.J.) earned the final Rookie of the Week selections of the 2008 season from the New Jersey Athletic Conference following their performances in the Eastern College Athletic Conference South Atlantic Bowl Championship games. In their first taste of postseason action at the collegiate football level, D'Ambrisi and Williams were named Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Week, respectively, following Kean's 16-7 loss to Delaware Valley College.
A five-time offensive rookie of the week selection, D'Ambrisi completed 19-of-24 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown. The 2008 NJAC Offensive Rookie of the Year, D'Ambrisi finished his freshman season ranked third on Kean's single season record lists in both passing touchdowns (17) and passing yards (2,054).
Williams earned his defensive rookie honor for the second time his season after finishing with six tackles, including four solo stops, from his safety position. After moving into the starting lineup in the middle of the season, Williams finished the year ninth on the team with 37 tackles, as he also earned NJAC Honorable Mention accolades.
The Cougars finished the year with seven wins for just the fifth time in program history.
Pomona, N.J. (12/3/08) - The Richard Stockton men's basketball team made it four in a row as they defeated Kean University, 71-42, Wednesday evening as both team's opened league play. The Cougars were paced by junior Vinnie Darpino (Colonia, N.J.) (pictured right) with nine points. With the loss KU falls to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the NJAC.
Stockton (7-1, 1-0) took control early on and used a 12-0 run to open a 30-11 lead in the first half of action and headed into the break with a 38-15 advantage. Sophomore Akinwande Oshodi (Florence, N.J.) had six points in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Ospreys continued their pace in the second half and lead by as many as 31 in the final minutes of action.
For Kean, guard Dean Hughes (Pemberton Twp., N.J.) finished with eight points while teammate Oshodi added eight of his own.
UNION, N.J. (11/25/08) - Junior Dean Hughes (Pemberton, Twp.) paced a balanced Cougar attack, scoring a career-high 12 points to lead the Kean University men's basketball team to a 74-43 victory over visiting John Jay College in non-conference action on Tuesday evening. The Cougars (3-2) had eight different players score six or more points, while senior guard Miguel Garcia (New York, N.Y.) paced John Jay with a game-high 13 points.
In the opening half, Kean went on a 17-4 run to take a 29-17 lead with 4:07 left in the half, as Hughes netted six points in the run. The Cougars extended the lead to 32-19 at the break, as Hughes had eight points and senior Shavon Hogges (Paterson, N.J.) had seven points to lead the way. Sophomore forward Chris Jaeger (Hicksville, N.Y.) paced the Bloodhounds with eight points and five rebounds in the opening half.
An 8-1 spurt to open the second half, pushed the lead out to 20 points at 40-20 on a layup by Hughes just 2:45 into the half. The Cougars continued to extend the lead the rest of way en-route to the 31-point margin of victory.
Hughes connected on 6-of-8 from the floor, while junior Rodlin Pierre (Orange, N.J.) knocked down all three of his shots from the floor and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe to tie his career-high with 10 points in just nine minutes of action.
All 17 players that dressed for Kean saw action, with no Cougar playing more than 21 minutes in the game.
Garcia hit 6-of-10 from the floor to lead the Bloodhounds. Junior forward Vaughn Mason (Bronx, N.Y.) added 12 points, while Jaeger grabbed a game-high seven rebounds to go along with his eight points.
UNION, N.J. (11/16/08) - Junior Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) scored the game-winner midway through overtime to lift the Kean University field hockey team to a 3-2 overtime victory over Catholic University to win the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Mid-Atlantic Championship on Sunday evening. Freshman Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) delivered a pass to Gibbs, who was just outside the left post, where she tipped-in the golden goal for the program's first ECAC Championship with 7:14 remaining in the extra session.
With just 15 minutes remaining in the game, Gibbs tied the game at 2-2 when she knocked in the goal from the left post following a shot by Triano.
Catholic took a 2-1 lead in the first half behind two goals from sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Grumbein (Allentown, Pa.). Grumbein got the Cardinals on the board first, scoring off the assist from senior Ro Dixon following a penalty corner less than 11 minutes into the game.
The Cougars tied the game later in the half following four straight penalty corners, as senior Katie McGee (Cherry Hill, N.J.) took a shot from the top of the circle. Catholic goalkeeper Marian Cassilly (Gambrills, Md.) stopped McGee's shot, however Triano picked up the rebound and scored her 11th goal of the season with 8:38 remaining in the opening half. Triano has also scored a goal in each of the Cougars' three ECAC wins.
With less than four minutes left in the half, the Cardinals regained the lead as Grumbein scored from the right side of the circle off the pass from sophomore Andrea Baick (Gaithersburg, Md.).
For Catholic, Cassilly stopped nine shots, as the Cougars held a 13-4 edge in shots and a 13-2 advantage in penalty corners.
Gibbs, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after scoring five goals in the three games, closed out her record-breaking junior season with school records of 28 goals and 63 points.
The Cougars concluded the season with a school-record 17 wins (17-5), breaking the mark of 15 set by the 2003 team.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (11/22/08) - The Kean University football team closed out the 2008 season falling to Delaware Valley College, 16-7, in the Eastern College Athletic Conference South Atlantic Bowl Championship on a blustery Saturday afternoon. Senior Durell Dukes (Elizabeth, N.J.) closed out his record-setting career with three more program marks, as he finished with seven catches for 93 yards and one touchdown, breaking the single season and career records for receiving yards and tying the single season touchdown reception record.
For Delaware Valley, senior defensive back Anthony Byers (Lansdale, Pa.) earned ECAC Most Outstanding Player honors after making three interceptions and finishing with a team-high seven tackles in the win.
Turnovers proved costly for the Cougars, as Kean turned the ball over five times on the afternoon, including twice in the fourth quarter deep in Aggie territory.
Playing into the wind in the first quarter, the Cougars were forced to punt on each of their four first quarter possessions.
Delaware Valley got on the board late in the first quarter, as the Aggies capitalized on a fourth and long conversion with a 21-yard completion from Isgro to junior Chad Peterman (Hatboro, Pa.) to set-up first and goal at the 10-yard line. After an eight-yard rush by sophomore Matt Cook (Selinsgrove, Pa.), Cook took the ball again and scored on the two-yard run for the 7-0 lead after the extra point.
The Cougar defense prevented Delaware Valley from extending the lead in the second quarter, holding the Aggies on fourth down on one drive and intercepting a pass inside the 20-yard line on another drive.
After a Cougar punt, Delaware Valley took over at its own three-yard line and marched downfield to the Kean seven-yard line. On the 16th play of the eight minute drive, the Cougars held Delaware Valley on fourth and one to take over on downs with just 2:41 remaining in the half.
On the ensuing drive, the Cougars got unlucky when D'Ambrisi was intercepted by Byers when Dukes, the intended receiver, slipped and fell to the ground.
The Aggies took over with 1:05 remaining in the half at the Kean 13-yard line after the 25-yard return by Byers. On the third play of the drive, Kean junior defensive end Darnell Butler (Rahway, N.J.) picked off Isgro and returned the ball to Kean's 38-yard line with just 16 seconds left on the clock in the half to head into the half trailing just 7-0.
After a Delaware Valley field goal extended the lead to 10-0 with the only points of the third quarter, the Cougars got on the board on the first play of the fourth quarter when D'Ambrisi connected with Dukes on a 21-yard touchdown pass in the endzone. With the catch, Dukes tied Anthony Robinson (1994) for the single season record with his 11th touchdown reception of the season.
On the eight-play, 61-yard drive that spanned three and a half minutes of the third and fourth quarters, D'Ambrisi completed 4-of-5 passes for 60 yards, including three to Dukes for a total of 50 yards.
The Aggies extended the lead to nine points on their next possession, taking advantage of a Cougar penalty and a big fourth down conversion. The Cougars looked as if they had forced the Aggies to punt after pressuring Isgro to throw the ball away on third down, but Kean was penalized for the late hit on the quarterback to move the ball into Cougar territory and keep the drive alive.
On the same drive, the Aggies converted a fourth-and-four when Isgro connected with senior Matt Mariano (East Brunswick, N.J.) for the 20-yard completion along the Kean sideline to give the Aggies a first down at the KU-15. Cook went the final 15 yards for the Aggies, first carrying the ball seven yards before scoring on the eight-yard run with 8:40 remaining in the game for the 16-7 lead after the extra point attempt was missed.
Sophomore Louis Haynes (Tinton Falls, N.J.) returned the kickoff 33 yards into Aggie territory to give the Cougars good field position on the ensuing drive. D'Ambrisi completed a 16-yard pass to senior James Felton (Plainfield, N.J.) on the first play of the drive and the Cougars eventually earned a fresh set of downs after Haynes caught a 14-yard pass from D'Ambrisi to move the Cougars inside the red-zone to the Aggie 16-yard line.
On the next play however, D'Ambrisi was sacked for just the fifth time of the season, as sophomore Kyle Gesswein (Williamstown, N.J.) sacked him from behind and forced the fumble that was recovered by Aggie defensive lineman Dustyn Seifert (Quakertown, Pa.) to end the Cougar threat.
The Cougars got the ball back after forcing Delaware Valley to punt after three plays, and Kean again was in good field position after Dukes returned the ball into Aggie territory with an 11-yard return to the 39-yard line. Unfortunately, Byers again intercepted D'Ambrisi at the eight-yard line three plays later to essentially seal the Aggie victory.
Delaware Valley kept the clock moving on the ensuing possession, keeping the ball on the ground before being forced to punt with 26 seconds remaining. The Cougars got the ball to midfield, before D'Ambrisi's pass to Dukes fell incomplete as time expired to end the 2008 season.
Dukes fell 15 yards shy of becoming the first player in program history to finish with 1,000 receiving yards, as he finished the year with school-records of 68 receptions, 985 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns scored. In just three seasons in a Kean uniform, Dukes closed out his career with a program-mark 2,684 receiving yards, breaking the record of 2,659 held by Kevin McGuirl (1985-88).
D'Ambrisi completed 19-of-34 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown in his first season under center. The 2008 New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year ended the season with 2,054 yards and 17 touchdowns, the third highest totals in single season history.
On the ground, NJAC Offensive Player of the Year Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) carried the ball just 12 times and finished with 30 yards, increasing his own single-season rushing record to 1,405 rushing yards.
Defensively, the Cougars held Isgro, the Middle Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, to just 134 yards passing, as he completed 10-of-22 passes.
Butler finished with a team-high 10 tackles with the one interception for Kean , while senior Maurice Ginyard (Cape May Courthouse, N.J.) had a career-high eight tackles, including six solo stops.
For the Aggies, Cook carried the offense with 154 rushing yards on 37 attempts, while Byers led the defense with the seven tackles and tied the school-record with his three picks.
In a twist of irony, the two teams had never met prior to today's game. However, they had already agreed to battle in week two of the 2009 season, as the Cougars host Delaware Valley in their season-opener on September 12, 2009.
This game was also the final game in the careers of the team's 12 seniors, Matt Ali, Markal Ginyard, James Felton, Durell Dukes, George Williams, Maurice Ginyard, Tony Olamiju, Jake Pew, Chris Gould, Andrew DuPoux, Matt Dempsey and Rodney Holliday, as they posted three straight non-losing seasons for just the second time in school history and became the first class to advance to two ECAC Bowl Championships.
PITMAN, N.J. (11/21/08) - After one of the most successful football regular seasons in program history, Kean University took home three of the top honors awarded by the New Jersey Athletic Conference, as junior running back Jared Chunn, freshman quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi and senior Durell Dukes each earned a Player of the Year honor. For the third straight season, a Cougar garnered NJAC Offensive Player of the Year accolades, as Chunn earned the honor in 2008 after leading the conference in rushing yards and yards per game.
At quarterback, D'Ambrisi had the huge task of replacing two-time NJAC Offensive Player of the Year A.J. Roque (2006 and 2007) at quarterback. He started every game under center and earned NJAC Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, the same award Roque earned as a freshman in 2004, after a solid rookie campaign.
The team's most versatile athlete, Dukes was named NJAC Special Teams Player of the Year as he ranked second in the NJAC in kick returns.
A three-time all-NJAC running back, Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) had a breakout junior season that saw him set three school records with single season rushing yards (1,375) and rushing touchdowns (13), while also becoming the program's all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns (20). He averaged 137.5 yards a game to lead the NJAC and rank 14th in the nation.
The fourth different Cougar to earn the honor, Chunn became the first player in program history to rush for at least 200 yards in three different games after tying his career-high with 238 yards against Morrisville State College in NJAC action. In that game, his 54-yard touchdown run in the second quarter broke the single-season rushing touchdown record and put Chunn over 1,000 rushing yards for the season and 2,000 rushing yards for his career to become just the third person in each category in program history.
His 238 yards rushing against Morrisville and USMMA in the season opener are the sixth highest totals in single game history, while his 201 yards rushing in the NJAC victory over defending conference champion The College of New Jersey is the 11th highest total.
In 30 career games, Chunn ranks second in career history with 2,378 yards rushing, while his 20 career rushing touchdowns are a new program standard.
A four-time NJAC Rookie of the Week, D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) completed 147-of-241 passes for 1,844 yards and 16 touchdowns in a solid rookie season. He cracked Roque's top eight single game passing marks, throwing for 352 yards against NJAC Champion SUNY Cortland to rank second in school history, while his 1,844 passing yards and 16 TDs are both fourth in the record books.
D'Ambrisi, who transferred from Monmouth University after redshirting in 2007, becomes the fourth player in program history to earn top rookie honors.
Also the team's top receiver, Dukes (Elizabeth, N.J.) earns the conference's first ever Special Teams Player of the Year award after taking over kick return and eventually punt return duties for the Cougars.
He ran back his first two kicks of the season against The College of New Jersey, where he had a pair of returns for 98 yards to earn NJAC Special Team Player of the Week honors after the Cougars' 35-24 victory. A game later, he added a career-long 81-yard return in the NJAC win over Buffalo State College.
For the season, Dukes had 12 returns for 337 yards, as his 28.1 yards per return currently ranks third in single season program history.
Dukes also broke five other offensive records this year, as he became the program's all-time leader in total receptions (163), total touchdowns scored (32), total points scored (192), while also setting the single season reception mark (61) for the third straight season. His 14 receptions against Cortland also broke the single game record and his 13 touchdowns scored this season are tied with Chunn for the single season mark.
The trio guided the Cougars to seven wins this season, marking just the fifth time in program history Kean has recorded at least seven wins. It is also just the second time in school history that the Cougars have posted three straight non-losing seasons, with the only other time from 1992-1994.
Wayne, N.J. (11/12/08) - Junior Jenna Godwin (Kingwood, N.J.) recorded two goals as #5 Kean University defeated #4 William Paterson University, 2-0, in ECAC Metro Tournament action Wednesday afternoon. With the win the Cougars (12-7) advance to the semifinals which will be played on Saturday, November 15th. KU will await their opponent (#1 Stevens/#8 Drew), as all other matches are slated for Wednesday evening.
Godwin recorded what would be the winning goal early in the second half (56:24) as she collected a loose ball which senior Amanda Pitts (Rahway, N.J.) just fired off the post. Kean added an insurance goal at 77:02 as Godwin and Pitts reconnected again.
Keeper Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) stopped six shots for her fifth shutout of the season.
The Pioneers (10-7-1) held a slight edge in shots (12-11), while holding a commanding 7-0 advantage in corner opportunities.
UNION, N.J. (11/12/08) - Junior Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal with just over six minutes remaining to lift the Kean University field hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Frostburg State University in the first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Mid-Atlantic Tournament on Wednesday evening. The victory was the 15th of the year for Kean (15-5), tying the school record for wins in a season, as the third-seeded Cougars advance to face second-seeded Wilkes University (18-3) n semifinal action.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead early in the game, as rookie Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) scored her ninth goal of the year with a shot to the upper right corner of the cage just 7:20 into the contest.
With just 1:57 remaining in the first half, the Cougars extended the lead to 2-0 when freshman Lauren Kachnowski (Roselle Park, N.J.) picked up the loose ball off the right post and scored her first career goal.
In the second half, the Bobcats (15-7) quickly cut the deficit in half when sophomore Breanne Russell (Clements, Md.) scored just 1:50 into the half.
The Bobcats tied the game just 6:08 later, as sophomore Brooke Tapman (Salisbury, Md.) scored the unassisted goal to know the game at 2-2.
Gibbs provided the decisive goal with 6:05 remaining in the contest, scoring off the assist from senior Katie McGee (Cherry Hill, N.J.) for her 24th goal of the year.
With the assist, McGee now has 11 this season, breaking the single season mark of 10 held by Deanna Thomas (2003).
The Cougars had a 10-9 advantage in penalty corners, while Frostburg State held a 8-7 edge in shots.
Kean goalkeeper Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) stopped one shot in the victory, while junior back Liesa Bohannon (Myerstown, Pa.) made a defensive save for the Bobcats.
UNION, N.J. (11/8/08) - Sophomore Victor D'Arrigo (Staten Island, N.J.) made a game-high nine tackles and intercepted a pass just outside the goal line in the final minute, as the Kean University football team held off William Paterson University, 28-21, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Cougars (6-3, 5-3 NJAC) secure their third straight non-losing season for just the second time in program history (1992-1994), while Kean junior Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) finished with 121 yards rushing to break the single-season rushing record.
For William Paterson (3-6, 2-6 NJAC), quarterback Matt Marshall (Burlington, N.J.) completed 20-of-34 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cougars scored three straight touchdowns in the second half to break the 7-7 tie and build a 28-7 lead with 14:21 to go in the game.
The Pioneers were unable to get a punt off on their first drive of the second half and the Cougars took over at the WPU 13-yard line. Kean needed just one play to take the lead for good, as Chunn ran the ball in for the 13-yard touchdown and the 14-7 lead after the extra point by junior Rick Jaeger (Hazlet, N.J.).
Kean quickly got the ball back after forcing the Pioneers to punt after three plays. On the ensuing drive, rookie quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) connected on a 17-yard pass to junior tight end Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.) and a 34-yard completion to senior James Felton Plainfield, N.J.), the latter of which set-up first-and-goal at the three-yard line. After a one-yard rush by Chunn, sophomore fullback Sean Atkins (Perth Amboy, N.J.) punched the ball in from two-yards out and the Cougars extended the lead to two touchdowns at 21-7.
After the Cougars once again forced the Pioneers to punt after just three plays, Kean again drove deep into William Paterson territory, as D'Ambrisi hit sophomore Louis Haynes (Tinton Falls, N.J.) with an 18-yard completion on third and long. Kean would eventually move inside the 10-yard line on three straight carries by Chunn for a combined 20 yards, however William Paterson caught a break when senior Mike Lamego (North Arlington, N.J.) intercepted the D'Ambrisi pass in the endzone.
The Cougars got the ball right back though two plays later when junior Darryl Jackson (Red Bank, N.J.) recovered a fumble by the Pioneers at the WPU 35-yard line and ran it back 12 yards to the 23-yard line.
The Cougars built a 21-point lead, needing just three plays to extend the lead to 28-7, as Cade caught a D'Ambrisi pass inside the five-yard line and ran it in for the 16-yard touchdown reception.
The rest of the fourth quarter nearly belonged to the Pioneers, as William Paterson cut the deficit to 28-14 when Marshall had a three-yard touchdown pass to junior Joel Rivera (Hoboken, N.J.) to cap an eight-play, 49 yard drive with 10:27 remaining in the game.
The Pioneers recovered the on-side kick right at their own 40-yard line and nine plays later, Mashall had his third touchdown of the afternoon with a short two-yard pass to junior Derrik Rideg (Rochelle Park, N.J.) to pull the Pioneers to within touchdown and extra point at 28-21 with 6:42 left.
On the kickoff, William Paterson elected to kick the ball deep and the Cougars eventually moved the ball out to midfield following a 29-yard run by Chunn before being forced to punt with 3:31 remaining.
The Pioneers took over for their final drive at their own 39-yard line and quickly moved the ball inside the red-zone after back-to-back receptions of four and 38-yards by Rivera. WPU eventually had first and goal at the Kean five-yard line before Kean senior Jake Pew (Sussex, N.J.) pushed William Paterson back to the 11-yard line with the tackle for the loss of six yards. After a pair of incomplete passes, D'Arrigo intercepted the Pioneers' final attempt at the two-yard line to seal the Cougar victory.
The two teams combined for three turnovers in the opening quarter before William Paterson took the 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a nine-play, 44-yard drive that was capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Marshall to junior Victor Soares (Paterson, N.J.) with 9:17 left in the quarters.
Kean answered right back and tied the game on its very next possession, as they took advantage of three Pioneer penalties for 31 yards on the 10-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Chunn with 3:52 remaining in the first quarter.
On the ensuing possession for William Paterson, the Pioneers threatened in the final minute of the half at the Kean 20-yard line before Marshall was sacked twice for losses of seven yards apiece on back-to-back plays to end the half. Rookie Justin Laguna (Keansburg, N.J.) was a part of both sacks, while D'Arrigo assisted on the second sack to end the half and preserve the tie.
For the season, Chunn now has 1,316 yards rushing this season, breaking the mark of 1,311 held by Tidy Corbett (1998).
D'Ambrisi completed 12-of-16 passes for 131 yards and one touchdown, however he was picked off three times, including twice in the endzone. Cade was Kean's leading receiver, making four catches for 54 yards, as seven different Cougars caught passes.
Defensively, sophomore Jordan Cagle (Mount Holly, N.J.) added eight tackles, while Laguna (pictured left) finished with six tackles, including one and half sacks for a loss of 10 yards, and forced one fumble. Pew added six tackles, including two for a loss of 12 yards.
For William Paterson, Rivera caught eight passes for 72 yards and one touchdown, while Soares added six catches for 68 yards and one TD score.
Sophomore Marcus McKinney (Paterson, N.J.) led the Pioneer ground attack with 53 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Junior linebacker Jared Burke (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.) led the Pioneer defense with seven tackles, including a sack for 14 yards and two tackles for a loss of 19 yards. Sophomore defensive lineman Dyon Moore (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Doug Dudek (Rockaway, N.J.) each added five tackles.
The Cougars closed out their regular season at home on Saturday, November 15, when they hosted #21 Montclair State University in NJAC action.
UNION, N.J. (11/1/08) - The Kean University volleyball team closed out the 2008 season, falling to Delaware Valley College, 3-1, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon. Kean battled the Aggies in the four-set match (19-25, 15-25, 25-20, 18-25), closing out the season at 7-17.
Rookie Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) recorded the double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs, while freshman Yesenia Velasquez (North Arlington, N.J.) had 20 assists and 10 digs. Rookie Stefanie Santiago (Bayonne, N.J.) also added 18 digs and eight kills and freshman Danica Meade (Nutley, N.J.) had seven service aces.
For Delaware Valley (14-12), sophomore Ashley Mikulsky (Reading, Pa.) had a team-high 11 kills and 17 digs, while freshman Amy Estep (Lewisburg, Ohio) had 13 digs and six service aces.
UNION, N.J. (10/30/08) - The College of New Jersey won its third straight New Jersey Athletic Conference field hockey championship, defeating host Kean University, 4-0, on Thursday evening. The fifth-ranked Lions (13-2, 6-0 NJAC) scored twice in the first eight minutes of the game and added two more first-half goals to close out the scoring. With the victory, TCNJ wins their 22nd conference championship and earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
For the Cougars (13-4, 3-1 NJAC), sophomore Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) made three saves.
The Lions jumped out to the early 1-0 lead when senior Jenny Lubin (Moorestown, N.J.) took a pass from freshman Alex Okuniewicz (Toms River, N.J.) for the game-winner just 3:43 into the game.
Sophomore Leigh Mitchell (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) netted the next two goals off assists from senior Jackie Gelinas (Flemington, N.J.) at 7:44 and 17:33 to extend the lead to 3-0 midway through the first half.
With just 1.5 seconds remaining in the first half, Okuniewicz closed out the scoring with the unassisted goal.
The Lions held a 15-4 advantage in shots and a 15-5 edge in penalty corners.
Montclair, N.J. (11/1/08) - Freshman Symone Seldon (Trenton, N.J.) netted the game-winner just over five minutes into the match on a breakaway as #4 Montclair State University defeated #5 Kean University, 2-0, Saturday evening in the first-round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Tournament. In a highly offensive and physical affair, MSU outshot the Cougars, 18-14, while Kean held a slight 4-3 edge in corner opportunities.
Kean (11-7) had their opportunities as freshman Danielle Esposito (Holmdel, N.J.) had five shots, including four on goal.
MSU (10-9-1) put the game away in the 77th minute as sophomore Christyn Scillieri (Wayne, N.J.) took a feed from Rachel Senyszyn (Succasunna, N.J.).
The Cougars had previously defeated the Red Hawks by a score of 1-0 exactly one month ago, but it was MSU who found the back of the net this evening.
Sophomore keeper Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) stopped eight saves on the night in the loss.
GLASSBORO, N.J. (11/01/08) - Kean University scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, however were unable to overcome a 23-point second-half deficit in falling to host Rowan University, 30-22, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon. The Profs improved to 7-1 overall, 6-1 in the NJAC, while the Cougars fell to 5-3 overall, 4-3 in the conference.
Trailing 30-7 after three quarters of play, Kean looked for a repeat of last year's come-from- behind victory when they turned a 28-14 fourth-quarter deficit into a 35-28 overtime victory.
With just over 10 minutes remaining in the game, Kean junior nose tackle Darryl Jackson (Red Bank, N.J.) forced a Rowan fumble at the Prof 37-year line that junior defensive end Darnell Butler (Rahway, N.J.) recovered at the Rowan 35-yard line.
After losing two-yards on the first play of the drive, junior running back Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) turned a third-and-long into a 37-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 30-14 with 9:22 remaining after the extra point by junior Richard Jaeger (Hazlet, N.J.).
On the ensuing kick-off, the Cougars recovered the on-sides kick at the Rowan 37-yard line and just six plays later, freshman quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) connected with junior Derric Harris (Freehold, N.J.) on a 23-yard touchdown pass. The Cougars, who were aided by a Rowan holding penalty on fourth down to keep the drive alive, cut the deficit to eight points at 30-22 when D'Ambrisi found junior tight end Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.) for the two-point conversion with 7:20 remaining in the game.
The Cougars then forced Rowan into a three-and-out and took over on their own 21-yard line after the Rowan punt with 5:40 remaining on the game. D'Ambrisi hit sophomore Louis Haynes (Tinton Falls, N.J.) on back-to-back completions of 16-yards and 17-yards to move the Cougars into Prof territory at the Rowan 47.
Kean eventually got the ball inside the Rowan 10-yard line following an 11-yard rush by Chunn and a big 30-yard reception by Harris to give the Cougars first and goal at the Rowan 8-yard line with 1:15 remaining.
Chunn and D'Ambrisi combined for three yards on the next two plays, however a pair of D'Ambrisi passes fell incomplete in the endzone on the final two plays to end the chance of a second-straight comeback for the Cougars against Rowan.
The Profs took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter, taking advantage of a pair of Cougars fumbles deep inside Kean territory for the early scores.
Rowan extended the lead to 20-0 in the second quarter on a 32-yard pass from junior quarterback Frank Wilczynski (Pine Hill, N.J.) to junior wide receiver Marcus Lee (Vineland, N.J.), before the Cougars got on the board on a two-yard run by junior Sean Atkins (Perth Amboy, N.J.) to pull the Cougars to 20-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Profs again took advantage of Cougar turnovers to extend the lead to 30-7 after an eight-yard rushing touchdown by Wilczynski and a 19-yard field goal by freshman kicker Mark Getsinger (Deptford, N.J.).
For the Cougars, Chunn finished with 95 yards rushing and one touchdown, while D'Ambrisi completed just 14-of-31 passes with two interceptions for 157 yards with one touchdown. Dukes led all Kean receivers with four catches (37 yards), while Harris had a team-high 75 receiving yards on three receptions. Dukes also added two kick-off returns for 60 yards, while Haynes had three returns for 78 yards.
Defensively, rookie Jamahl Williams (Passaic, N.J.) led the Cougars with 10 tackles and one pass break-up, while Jackson added seven tackles, including three for a loss of nine yards, and two forced fumbles.
Wilczynski led Rowan's offense with 70 yards rushing and one touchdown on 15 carries, while also completing 5-of-13 passes for 57 yards and one TD.
Linebacker Drew Yezzi (Franklinville, N.J.), nose guard Justin Hinds (Port Reading, N.J.) and defensive end Matt Hoffman (Burlington, N.J.) all posted eight tackles. Yezzi registered five tackles for a loss (-22 yards), one sack (-3 yards) and one pass breakup.
MORRISVILLE, N.Y. - Junior running back Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) ran for 238 yards and two touchdown scores to lead visiting Kean University to the 38-28 New Jersey Athletic Conference win over host Morrisville State University on Saturday afternoon. It was the third game this season Chunn rushed for over 200 yards and it matched his career-high 238 yards he had in the season-opener against USMMA while also tying the sixth-most rushing yards in a single game in program history. His two touchdowns also gave him 10 for the season, breaking the single-season mark.
The Cougars (5-2, 4-2 NJAC) kept the ball on the ground most of the rainy and cold afternoon, only attempting 14 passes. Chunn carried the ball 37 times himself, the fourth most carries in program history in a single-game.
The Mustangs (0-7, 0-7 NJAC) scored on their first drive of the game, with senior quarterback Billy Poling (Waretown, N.J.) connecting with Josh Walczyk (Elma, N.Y.) on an 11-yard pass play for the touchdown with 5:02 remaining in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
Less than two-minutes later, the Cougars tied the game when rookie quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) hit junior tight end Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.) for the 27-yard touchdown pass reception to complete the five-play, 80-yard drive.
Trailing 14-7 after a Kris Childs' (Bolivar, N.Y.) 14-yard touchdown run, the Cougars scored on three straight possessions to take a 24-14 lead heading into halftime.
Junior Rick Jaeger (Hazlet, N.J.) hit a career-long 39-yard field goal midway through the second quarter to pull Kean to within 14-10, and Chunn followed on the second play of the next possession with a 54-yard touchdown run, breaking two tackles to give the Cougars the lead for good at 17-14.
With just over three minutes remaining in the half, Morrisville State coughed up the ball on the Kean 48-yard line where Kean sophomore Victor D'Arrigo (Staten Island, N.Y.) recovered and carried the ball 49 yards for the defensive score and 24-14 lead heading into the half.
In the third quarter, freshman Jahmahl Williams (Passiac, N.J.) intercepted a Poling pass, returning the ball 22 yards to the Morrisville 20-yard line, where D'Ambrisi capped off the four play drive with an 11-yard rushing score, extending the Cougar lead to 31-14 less than three minutes into the second half.
Midway through the quarter, Morrisville State's David Easley (Staten Island, N.Y.) intercepted D'Ambrisi in Cougar territory to set up Childs for the 33-yard rushing score and pulling the score to 31-21 with 8:18 left in the third quarter.
In the final minutes of the third quarter, Chunn added his second score of the afternoon, punching the ball in from one-yard out to give the Cougars the 38-21 advantage with 2:04 remaining in the quarter.
With time running out in the fourth, Childs found an open Eddie Hull (Syracuse, N.Y.) for the 35-yard passing score with 1:04 remaining and the 38-28 final.
On his 54-yard touchdown run, Chunn became just the third player in program history to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a season and 2,000 rushing yards in his career. In just his third season, Chunn has 2,103 career yards, the second highest total in program history, while his 1,100 rushing yards this season are just 10-yards shy of second place in single season history.
D'Ambrisi was 7-of-14 for 78 yards and a score, while Cade led the receiving unit with four catches for 54 yards, as the Cougars netted 355 yards total offense on the afternoon. With just 14 passing attempts in 67 offensive plays and a majority of the offense on the ground, Kean's leading receiver Durell Dukes (Elizabeth, N.J.) did not have a reception, however he contributed with two kick-returns for 37 yards.
Defensively, senior linebacker Jake Pew (Sussex, N.J.) led the Cougars with nine tackles, including six solo stops, while also recovering one of Morrisville's six fumbles on the afternoon. D'Arrigo and Williams (pictured left) each added eight stops, while D'Arrigo also forced a fumble and recovered two for 68-yards.
Daryle McClenic (Amityville, N.Y.) led Morrisville State in rushing, netting 105 yards on 20 attempts. Childs carried the ball nine times for 95 yards and two scores, while connecting on 2-of-6 passes for 39 yards and a score, as Morrisville State recorded 352 yards total offense.
Poling, returning to the field for the first time since week three following an injury, went 9-for-21 for 82 yards and a score. Hull led the receiving corps with five catches for 60 yards and a score.
Hodges Sneed (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the Mustang defensive unit with eight tackles, three solo, while forcing one of Kean's four fumbles on the afternoon, as he also recovered a fumble, returning the ball nine yards. Darrelle Butler (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Tommy Moyon (Woodside, N.Y.) added seven tackles a piece.
UNION, N.J. (10/25/08) - Elizabethtown College netted three goals in a 90 second span to break a 1-1 tie and defeat host Kean University, 4-1, in non-conference field hockey action on Saturday afternoon. The 13th-ranked Blue Jays (15-3) snapped the 12-game winning streak for the Cougars (13-3).
Elizabethtown senior Andrea Miles (Phoenix, Md.) scored two goals, including the game-winner, while Kean junior Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) scored her 23rd goal of the season.
In the final eight minutes of the game, Miles broke the 1-1 tie, scoring off the assist from junior forward Brenna Noon (Wyomissing, N.J.) at 62:04.
The Blue Jays scored again just 43 seconds later, as sophomore Liz DeMatteis (Newark, Del.) sent a pass to senior forward Megan Angstadt (Oley, Pa.) for the two-goal advantage. Elizabethtown tacked on one more goal, as Miles closed out the scoring just 89 seconds (63:33) after her first goal on the pass from sophomore midfielder Meg Cassels (Downingtown, Pa.).
Elizabethtown took a 1-0 lead at 11:13 into the game on a penalty corner when senior back Tiffany Vogel (Annville, Pa.) scored off the pass from Angstadt.
The Cougars quickly tied the game just 1:35 later, when junior Laura Janousek (Yardville, N.J.) sent a pass from the top of the circle that senior Stephanie Cirino (Warminster, Pa.) tipped over to Gibbs for the goal at 12:48.
Kean goalkeeper Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) and Blue Jays goalie Liz Hannegan (Lancaster, Pa.) each stopped three shots in the game. The Cougars held an 11-3 edge in penalty corners, however Elizabethtown had a slight 11-10 advantage in shots, including a 7-2 edge in the second half.