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UNION, N.J. (10/29/08) - Freshman Danielle Esposito (Holmdel, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal in 78th minute to lead the Kean University women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Ramapo College in the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season finale on Wednesday evening. With the victory, the Cougars (11-6, 5-4 NJAC) earn the fifth seed in the upcoming NJAC playoffs and will face fourth-seeded Montclair State University in the opening round of the playoffs. The Roadrunners close out the season at 6-10-2 overall, 2-6-1 NJAC.
After a scoreless first half, Esposito netted the game's lone goal when her shot deflected off the crossbar and just back across the line for the 1-0 lead with just 12:05 remaining.
Esposito had three more chances to tally the insurance goal, however Ramapo goalkeeper Jessica DaRold (Sayreville, N.J.) stopped all three shots to hold the Cougars to one goal. DaRold finished with 10 saves in the game, including nine in the second half.
Kean sophomore goalkeeper Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) made three saves, including a diving stop with less than four minutes left, to preserve the shutout victory.
Union, N.J. (10/19/08) - Junior Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) recorded two goals on her way to a new KU single season record to propel the Cougars to a 3-0 victory over visiting Rhodes College Sunday afternoon at Kean Alumni Stadium. With her two goals, Gibbs has tallied 21 for the season, breaking the mark previously set by Patrice DiFabio of 20 set in 1973.
The win improves the Cougars to 12-2 overall this fall while the loss drops Rhodes to 8-4.
After taking a penalty corner, Gibbs touched in the game's first goal off a shot from senior Katie McGee (Cherry Hill, N.J.) in the 10th minute. Less than a minute later, Gibbs recorded her second of the afternoon of an assist from freshman Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.). The score would remain that way through the break before sophomore Erica Kelly (West Deptford, N.J.) closed out the scoring with a goal at 56:18.
Sophomore Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) had two saves in her third shutout of the season. For the Lynx, backup keeper Valerie Clarke (Clarendon Hills, Ill.) had one save.
UNION, N.J. (10/18/08) - Junior Nicolette Maggio (Tenafly, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal with less than 10 minutes remaining to lift the Kean University women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Rutgers-Newark on Saturday evening. The win gave the Cougars their 10th victory of the season (10-4, 4-3 NJAC), while the Scarlet Raiders fell to 8-6-2, 2-4-1 in the conference. With just 8:20 remaining, Maggio fired a shot that a Rutgers-Newark defender attempted to clear but was unable to prevent it from finding the back of the net.
After a scoreless first half, the Cougars took the 1-0 lead early into the second half when sophomore Samantha Ciccone (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.) collected her own rebound off the goalkeeper and scored on the second chance just 2:39 into the half.
Playing down a man for a majority of the second half, Rutgers-Newark tied the game on a penalty kick by freshman Julia Caseres (Union, N.J.) in the 70th minute.
The Cougars held a 21-5 edge in shots and a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Scarlet Raider goalkeeper Kat Renteria (North Bergen, N.J.) made eight saves, while sophomore Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) stopped three shots in the victory for Kean.
UNION, N.J. (10/18/08) - The College at Brockport scored the game-winning touchdown with just six seconds remaining to stun Kean University, 36-34, in front of 1,514 Homecoming fans at Kean Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon. After the Cougars took the lead at 34-30 with just 1:31 left, Brockport senior running back Garet Lynch (Valley Stream, N.Y.) scored on a one-yard run with 6.5 seconds remaining to regain the lead for the Golden Eagles (3-3, 3-2 NJAC). A Cougar pass on the final play of the game was knocked down to preserve the two-point victory.
For the Cougars (4-2, 3-2 NJAC), senior wide receiver Durell Dukes (Elizabeth, N.J.) (pictured right) had another solid all-around game, with a total of 191 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, while also breaking the single season touchdown record and a pair of career records.
Lynch had 125 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead Brockport, while senior quarterback Zack Luke (Cambridge, N.Y.) had nearly half of his 161 passing yards on the game-winning drive.
In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, the Cougars (4-2, 3-2 NJAC) took a 34-30 lead with just 1:31 remaining when sophomore fullback Sean Atkins (Perth Amboy, N.J.) rumbled across the goal line from less than a yard out. The Cougars attempted to extend the lead to six points, however the pass attempt on the two-point conversion failed.
The Golden Eagles started their game-winning drive back at their own 20-yard line after a holding penalty on the kick return. Luke completed 4-of-5 passes, including a 35-yard completion to junior Felipe Diaz (Syracuse, N.Y.) on third-and-two and a 30-yard completion to junior Hector Rosas (Angola, N.Y.) to give Brockport first-and-goal at the Kean three-yard line.
On first-and-goal, Lynch ran the ball two yards to just outside the goal line and then followed with the touchdown run of 1-yard to lift the Golden Eagles. On the extra-point attempt, a low snap forced holder Chris Grace (Allegany, N.Y.) to pick the ball up before being brought down by the Cougars.
Kean sophomore Louis Haynes (Tinton Falls, N.J.) returned the ball 15-yards on the kickoff to the Cougars' 29-yard line with less than a second remaining, before the pass attempt from rookie quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) to junior Derric Harris (Freehold, N.J.) was knocked down by sophomore Nick Dadamio (Port Crane, N.Y.) to end the game.
The Cougars had a comeback of their own in the works, trailing 27-14 in the third quarter, before regaining the lead on two separate occasions in the final minutes. Dukes capped a 12-play, 84-yard drive spanning the third and fourth quarters, scoring on the first play of the final quarter with a 15-yard rush to pull the Cougars to within 27-21.
On the next Brockport possession, Kean senior outside linebacker Jake Pew (Sussez, N.J.) intercepted the Luke pass on the second play of the drive at the Brockport 31-yard line. The Cougars took advantage of the short field position, and D'Ambrisi connected with Dukes on a 27-yard catch and run to give the Cougars the 28-27 lead after the extra point by freshman Billy Daniels (Ridgefield, N.J.).
Brockport regained the lead on its next drive, taking advantage of a kick-off that went out-of-bounds and a face-mask penalty that would eventually move the ball into Cougar territory. After getting the ball down to the 14-yard line, sophomore Jeff Cook (Rochester, N.Y.) gave the Golden Eagles a 30-28 lead on the 30-yard field goal.
On the short kickoff, Dukes returned the ball 15 yards to the Kean 44-yard line, giving the Cougars good field position with 5:39 left in the game. Chunn carried the ball five times and D'Ambrisi added a 15-yard rush to move the Cougars inside the Brockport 10-yard line. After a Chunn seven-yard run moved the ball to within inches of the endzone, Atkins crossed the goal-line for the touchdown and the 34-30 edge.
In the first-half, turnovers proved costly for the Cougars with three trips inside the red-zone resulting in a blocked field goal attempt, an interception and a fumble.
With the first drive of the game, the Cougars pushed the ball inside the red-zone. After four rushes for 37 yards and a face-mask penalty moved the ball to the 11-yard line, a Chunn rush of five yards gave the Cougars first-and-goal at the Brockport six-yard line. The Golden Eagle defense forced the Cougars back to the 13-yard line and after an incomplete pass, the Cougars attempted the 30-yard field goal. The Daniels kick was blocked by sophomore Neil Fay (Olean, N.Y.) and junior Cevon Carver (Bronx, N.Y.) picked the ball up and ran it back for a touchdown and the early 7-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles took advantage of a D'Ambrisi interception on the Cougars' next possession, as Lynch was responsible for all 33-yards, carrying the ball six times and capping the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run. The Cougars blocked the extra point attempt to keep the Brockport lead at 13-0 with 6:36 left in the first quarter.
On the next drive, the Cougars kept the ball on the ground, as D'Ambrisi rushed for 24 yards on two carries and Chunn carried the ball four times for 20 yards, moving the ball inside the Brockport 20-yard line. On fourth and seven at the Brockport 17-yard line, the Cougars elected to go for it and D'Ambrisi was picked off by senior Ryan Hynes (Dansville, N.Y.) at the 13-yard line to end the Cougar scoring threat.
The game's lone punt of the afternoon in the second quarter gave the Cougars excellent field position at the 36-yard line, and D'Ambrisi and Dukes connected on a 25-yard touchdown reception to cut the lead to 13-7 early in the second quarter.
After the Golden Eagles extended the lead to 19-7 when Lynch scored on a 8-yard run with 9:47 remaining in the first half, the Cougars went back to work on the ground, carrying the ball at least four yards on each of their six attempts and adding nine-yard completion to junior Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.). Dukes closed out the drive with a six-yard touchdown run and the Cougars pulled to within 19-14 after the extra point attempt was good by Daniels.
The Cougars forced a turnover on the next Golden Eagle possession, as sophomore Jordan Cagle (Mount Holly, N.J.) forced the fumble and junior nose tackle Darryl Jackson (Red Bank, N.J.) recovered the ball at the Kean 47-yard line, giving the Cougars the ball back near midfield with 4:40 remaining in the half.
On the ensuing drive, Chunn carried the ball four times for 30 yards and a three-yard carry by Dukes gave the Cougars a third and one at the Brockport five-yard line. However, the Cougars fumbled the snap on the exchange and Brockport recovered to end the threat as the first half drew to a close.
Brockport scored the only touchdown of the third quarter on the first drive of the half, as Luke completed a 10-yard pass to Diaz and then ran the ball in on the two-point conversion for the 27-14 lead with 11:57 remaining in the third.
Dukes became Kean's all-time receptions and touchdown leader after making five catches for 67 yards, while his four touchdowns are tied for the second most in a single game and gave him 13 touchdowns for the season to break the mark of 12 held by Joe Troise (1974).
In just three seasons, Dukes has 145 career receptions, breaking the mark of 142 held by Kevin McGuirl (1985-88). He also has 32 career scores to surpass the record of 30, also held by McGuirl. Dukes added 77 yards rushing on 12 carries and had two kick-off returns for 47 yards.
For the fourth time this season, Chunn rushed for over 100 yards, as he carried the ball 30 times for 145 yards. D'Ambrisi had a solid afternoon running the ball, gaining 76 yards on just eight carries. Through the air, the rookie was just 8-of-16 for just 108 yards and two touchdowns, while also throwing three interceptions.
In the win for Brockport, Lynch had 125 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 29 carries, while Luke completed 16-of-22 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown. Diaz made six receptions for 79 yards.
Kean sophomore Victor D'Arrigo (Staten Island, N.Y.) (pictured right) had a team-high seven tackles, while rookie Joseph Laguna (Middletown, N.J.) and senior Tony Olamiju (Teaneck, N.J.) each added six tackles.
UNION, N.J. (10/16/08) - Rutgers-Camden rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat host Kean University, (21-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-18, 15-10) in New Jersey Athletic Conference volleyball action on Thursday evening. Kean (7-13, 1-5 NJAC) won the opening two sets by a combined six points, before the Scarlet Raptors (8-12, 1-5 NJAC) rallied to win the next two sets to force the decisive fifth set. In the final set, the Cougars took a 4-0 lead, but Rutgers-Camden again rallied to tie the match at 4-4 before pulling out the win.
Freshman Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) and sophomore Ivana Kapetanovic (East Brunswick, N.J.) (pictured right) combined for 21 kills for the Cougars.
For the Scarlet Raptors, senior Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, N.J.) registered a match-high 20 kills and added 16 digs and four solo blocks, as Rutgers-Camden recorded just their second NJAC win in program history and extend their school-record wins in season.
In the victory, sophomore setter Krista White (Cherry Hill, N.J.) had 21 assists, while freshman Katherine Crosby (Marlton, N.J.) had eight service aces and nine digs.
Kean freshman setter Yesenia Velasquez (North Arlington, N.J.) had a match-high 32 assists and classmate Mary Aldana (Jersey City, N.J.) recorded a match-high 24 digs.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (10/11/08) - Senior Durell Dukes (Elizabeth, N.J.) had 300 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns to help Kean University defeat host Buffalo State College, 45-25, in New Jersey Athletic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon. Dukes had nine catches for 146 yards, including touchdown grabs of 10 and 13 yards, while also adding six rushes for 73 yards and one kick-off return for 81 yards to lead the balanced Cougar (4-1, 3-1 NJAC) offensive attack. Rookie quarterback Tom D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) was 15 of 22 for 201 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, and added a rushing touchdown.
Junior Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) (pictured right) paced the Cougars on the ground with 13 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown, giving him eight rushing touchdowns this season to tie the single season record. On the afternoon, Kean gained a total of 528 yards, including 327 on the ground, while the Cougar defense limited the Bengals to 77 yards rushing.
For Buffalo State (0-5, 0-4 NJAC) freshman quarterback Kenny Murphy (Lancaster, N.Y.) was 18 of 42 for 254 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
After Buffalo State took a 7-0 lead on a two-yard run by E. Todd Hurlbut (Phoenix, N.Y.) in the opening quarter following a 59-yard interception return by Paul Gruber (Levittown, N.Y.), the Cougars tied the game on a 19-yard pass from D'Ambrisi to junior Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.). Chunn then found the endzone on a one-yard run to take the lead for good. Both scoring drives were aided by big plays, with Chunn breaking a 44-yard run on the first scoring series, and Chris Aquino (Somerville, N.J.) broke a 54-yard run on the next drive.
Buffalo State cut the deficit to 14-13 early in the second quarter with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Murphy to Joe Russell (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) that capped a 10-play 79-yard march.
Dukes carried the Cougars on the ensuing drive, busting loose for a 64-yard run, before reeling in a 10-yard touchdown strike from D'Ambrisi to extend the advantage to 21-13.
Buffalo State had an answer again, connecting on a 38-yard pass from Murphy to Russell to move the ball downfield, and then scoring on a 19-yard run by Sammy Smith (Buffalo, N.Y.). After a failed two-point conversion, the Bengals trailed just 21-19.
On the ensuing kick-off, Dukes returned the ball 81-yards deep into Bengals territory and the Cougars eventually extended the lead to 24-19 on a 23-yard field goal by junior Richard Jaeger (Hazlet, N.J.). After forcing a Bengal punt, the Cougars completed the first-half scoring with a 16-yard run by Derric Harris (Freehold, N.J.), one play after a 61-yard catch and run by Dukes.
The Cougars pushed the advantage to 38-19 with the only score of the third quarter, coming on a 13-yard pass play from D'Ambrisi to Dukes.
Buffalo State added a fourth-quarter score on a 3-yard catch by Greg Meyer (Lancaster, N.Y.) from Murphy, and Kean completed the scoring with a 13-yard quarterback keeper by D'Ambrisi.
Defensively for the Cougars, sophomore Terrance Hardy (South Toms River, N.J.) had a team-high six tackles, including four solo stops and one pass break-up. Classmate Chris Lauda (Staten Island, N.Y.) intercepted a pass for the second straight week and had a team-high five solo stops.
For Buffalo State, Russell caught seven passes for a career-high 124 yards and a score, while Meyer added seven catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Healy (E. Meadow, N.Y.) led the Bengals defense with 10 tackles.
Glassboro, N.J. (10/15/08) - Two second half goals lifted Rowan University to a 2-1 win over Kean University in men's soccer action Wednesday evening at the Rowan Soccer Field. Rowan, who improves to 6-7-3 overall and 1-4-1 in the NJAC held a slight edge in shots, 14-11. KU falls to 4-10-1 overall and 0-6 in NJAC play with the loss.
Kean got on the board in the first half as Mark Wallis (New Gretna, N.J.) took a feed from both Rob Sopko (Lake Como, N.J.) and Andres Berriel (Las Piedras, Uruguay) at 35:40. The score would stay that way through the first half.
Rowan tied things up at 54:54 as Tommy Orr (Delran, N.J.) headed the ball of a corner by Mike Pascale (Toms River, N.J.). RU went ahead for good as Jay Vigilante (Manasquan, N.J.) scored an unassisted goal at 63:20.
Keeper Alfredo Oquendo (North Plainfield, N.J.) tallied four saves in the loss while the Profs' Charlie Cunliffe (Lakewood, N.J.) recorded three.
Union, N.J. (10/15/08) - Senior Emilie Wilson (Succasunna, N.J.) headed what would be the winning goal in the first half as #14 Rowan University shutout Kean University, 4-0, Wednesday evening at Kean Alumni Stadium. The win improves Rowan to 10-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in NJAC action while the loss drops KU to 9-4 and 3-3 in conference play.
In a tight first half, the Profs broke through at 31:39 as Wilson headed the ball of a cross from junior Mandy Silvesti (Turnersville, N.J.).
Rowan then exploded with three goals in a three minute span early in the second half to seal the victory. Sophomore Michelle Carrocino (Mickleton, N.J.) got things started with a penalty kick goal at 51:19. One minute later sophomore Jess Babice (Groveville, N.J.) notched an unassisted goal of a deflection, while Carrocino rounded out the scoring with her second goal of the night on a breakaway at 54:18.
Rowan's Sarah Volkomer (Glen Rock, N.J.) recorded five saves in the shutout while KU's Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) had four in the loss.
Union, N.J. (10/7/08) - Freshman Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) led all players with 11 kills and six service aces to lead Kean to a 3-1 (25-19, 13-25, 25-20, 25-19) win over visiting Rutgers-Newark Tuesday evening at Harwood Arena. With the win Kean picks up their first New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) win of the season to improve to 1-3 and 6-10 overall while the loss drops Rutgers-Newark to 1-16 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Freshman Yesenia Velasquez (North Arlington, N.J.) picked up a match-high 27 assists for the Cougars while libero Mary Aldana (Jersey City, N.J.) tallied a match-high 15 digs. For the Scarlet Raiders, freshman Toni Moppert (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) collected a team-high six kills to go along with six digs while teammate Rosa Anna Beljour (Hackensack, N.J.) had nine digs and three kills in the loss.
Edwardsville, Pa. (10/7/08) - Junior Jenna Godwin (Kingwood, N.J.) scored what would be the game-winner with just over four minutes remaining in the first half to propel Kean to a 2-0 shutout over host Wilkes University Tuesday afternoon. Kean improves to 8-3 overall with the win while Wilkes falls to 5-7-1 with the loss.
Godwin scored an unassisted goal at 40:59 from 25 yards out to give Kean a 1-0 edge at the break. KU held an 8-1 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes of action.
Freshman Leigha Czerwinski (Neptune, N.J.) gave the Cougars a cushion as she notched her first collegiate goal in the 72nd minute off a pass from sophomore Danielle Bussiere (South Brunswick, N.J.).
Sophomore Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) tallied her third shutout of the year with two saves in net.
EWING, N.J. (10/3/08) - Junior running back Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 2:48 remaining to lift the Kean University football team to a 35-24 victory over host The College of New Jersey in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.. Chunn carried the ball 27 times and scored on an 18-yard run with less than three minutes remaining as the Cougars (3-1, 2-1 NJAC) erased a 10-point second half deficit to defeat the Lions (2-2, 2-1 NJAC) in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history.
Kean sophomore Chris Lauda (Staten Island, N.Y.) intercepted a Chris James (Brick, N.J.) pass as time expired and ran the ball back 62-yards for the game-ending touchdown to seal the 11-point victory.
For TCNJ, James was 18-of-41 for 232 yards in the game.
Trailing 24-17 with 11:01 left in the game, Chunn capped an eight-play, 73-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run to pull the Cougars to within one point. On the extra point attempt, TCNJ freshman Scotty Mathurin (Mahwah, N.J.) blocked the Kean kick to preserve the Lions' 24-23 lead with 7:21 left in the game.
The Cougars regained possession after a TCNJ punt, and took advantage of good field position as Kean moved the ball 49-yards on seven plays, with Chunn scoring the go-ahead touchdown on an 18-yard scamper into the endzone for the 29-24 lead. The Cougars loook to extend the lead to a touchdown and extra point, however Kean fumbled the two-point conversion attempt and settled for the five-point advantage.
TCNJ had two more possessions in the final two minutes, however a fumble ended one drive and then Lauda intercepted the James pass at the Kean 38-yard line and his 62-yard touchdown return ranked tied for third in program history for longest interception return.
Both teams came up empty on their first possessions of the game, after a 65-yard returns by Kean senior Durell Dukes (Elizabeth, N.J.) gave the Cougars excellent field position at the TCNJ 34-yard line. After a rush for a loss of three-yards and a pair of passes fell incomplete, the Cougars were forced to punt the ball and pinned the Lions inside the 10-yard line.
On the Lions' first drive of the game, TCNJ moved the ball 78-yards on 13 plays but the 31-yard field goal attempt was wide left and both teams were still scoreless.
On the enxt possession, the Cougars took over on their own 20-yard line and got the ball to Chunn on five straight plays, as he moved the ball 42 yards and into Lion territory. After a 31-yard pass completion to senior James Felton (Plainfield, N.J.) gave the Cougars first and goal inside the 10-yard line, sophomore Chris Aquino (Somerville, N.J.) scored from seven-yards out for his first touchdown of the season. The Cougars took the 7-0 lead after junior Rick Jaeger (Hazlet, N.J.) converted the extra point.
In the second quarter, the Lions got on the board with a long 47-yard field goal by junior Mark Zucconi (Marlton, N.J.) to cut the Cougar lead to 7-3.
Late in the quarter, the Cougars took over at their own 42-yard line and moved back into Lion territory on a 17-yard reception by Dukes with less than 30 seconds remaining in the quarter. However on the next play, TCNJ junior Paul Mychalczuk (Hillsborough, N.J.) intercepted a pass by Kean freshman Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) and returned the ball 67-yards for the touchdown and a 10-7 TCNJ lead after the extra point conversion.
In the third quarter, the Lions looked to build on the momentum of the end of the first half, as they received the kickoff and had a first and ten on their own 37-yard line after a face mask penalty on Kean. The Cougars looked to catch a break when junior Kyle Maher (Red Bank, N.J.) intercepted the James pass, however the Lions forced and recovered the fumble right back near the original line of scrimmage to regain possession.
The Lions then proceeded to move the ball down the field and James connected with junior Jeffrey deZutter (Bedminster, N.J.) for the 27-yard touchdown reception and a ten-point lead at 17-7, following the extra point conversion.
On the Cougars' next possession, Kean looked to have a touchdown when Dukes took a D'Ambrisi pass 18-yards into the endzone, however the play was called off due to a late flag for a Cougar false start and Kean had to settle for a 31-yard Jaeger field goal to cut the deficit to 17-10 midway through the third quarter.
After TCNJ missed a 28-yard field goal, the Cougars took over and moved the ball 80-yards in eight plays, as sophomore Sean Atkins (Perth Amboy, N.J.) plunged into the endzone from just outside the goal line to tie the game at 17-17 just 37 seconds into the fourth quarter.
TCNJ answered right back, retaking the lead on a one-yard run by junior Chase Misiura (Holmdel, N.J.) with 11:01 left in the game for the 24-17 lead after the extra point.
Chunn rushed for over 200 yards in a game for the second time this season, as his 201 yards rank 10th in single game history. In the season-opener, Chunn had 238 yards rushing. His seven rushing touchdowns this season are also tied for second in single season history, while his 14 career rushing TDs are tied for third in single season history.
A three-time NJAC offensive rookie of the week already this season, D'Ambrisi connected on just 9-of-20 attempts. Dukes, the NJAC leader in receiving yards per game, had just two catches for 25 yards, while Felton had four receptions for 64 yards.
Defensively for Kean, Maher finished with 12 tackles and his one interception, while Lauda had four tackles and four pass break-ups to go alongwith his game-ending interception. Sophomore defensive back Terrance Hardy (South Toms River, N.J.) had seven tackles and one forced fumble, while rookie Joseph Laguna (Keansburg, N.J.) added six tackles, including four solo stops.
Misiura, who transferred to TCNJ from Kean last season, finished with 15 carries for 82 yards and one touchdown. Junior defensive lineman Marc Fabiano (Scotch Plains, N.J.) had eight tackles and one forced fumble, while Mychalczuk and junior Justin Beres (Galloway, N.J.) each had eight tackles.
Madison, N.J. (9/30/08) - The Kean University women's tennis team improved to 4-3 as they defeated host College of St. Elizabeth, 8-1, Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Lisette LaForge (Roselle Park, N.J.) was victorious in both first singles (10-3) and first doubles (8-1) paired with sophomore Katherine Arauz (Newark, N.J.). Arauz was also 2-0 on the afternoon with a second singles victory (10-5).
In doubles action, Willmaria Miranda (Newark, N.J.) and Radhee Sheth (Springfield, N.J.) won at second doubles (8-4) while senior Andrea Grahlmann (Linden, N.J.) and junior Michelle Tofel (Union, N.J.) picked up the win at third doubles (8-1).
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (9/30/08) - The Kean University volleyball team fell, 3-0, to host New Jersey City University in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Tuesday evening. The Gothic Knights (9-4, 4-0 NJAC) extended their NJAC regular season winning streak to 15 straight matches with the straight set (25-12, 25-18, 25-11) victory over the Cougars (5-7, 0-3 NJAC).
For the Cougars, freshman Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) tied for game-high honors with seven kills and nine digs. Classmate Mary Aldana (Jersey City, N.J.) added 11 digs, while rookie Yesenia Velasquez (North Arlington, N.J.) (pictured right) dished out 18 assists.
In the victory, NJCU had a team hitting percentage of .304 with 29 kills and just eight errors, as senior Sarah Torres (Elizabeth, N.J.) led the way with seven kills., while also adding two blocks. Sophomore setter Alex Johanesen (Bridgewater, N.J.) with 27 assists and four service aces.
CAMDEN, N.J. (9/27/08) - Sophomore goalkeeper Alfredo Oquendo (North Plainfield, N.J.) made nine saves, however the 10th-ranked Rutgers-Camden men's soccer team scored the game-winner in double overtime to defeat Kean University in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday evening. The Scarlet Raptors (8-1-1, 1-1-1 NJAC) held a 26-7 edge in shots and an overwhelming 20-0 advantage in corner kicks over the Cougars (4-6-1, 0-3 NJAC).
With just 2:30 remaining in the second and final overtime session, sophomore Shane McGrory (Stratford, N.J.) netted the game-winner from the top left side of the box.
Rutgers-Camden scored the first goal of the game when senior Andrew Dorsey (Mount Lau rel, N.J.) found the back of the net off the assists from sophomore Steve Shincarick (Mays Landing, N.J.) and Stan Reahm (Deptford, N.J.) in the seventh minute.
The Cougars tied the game up less than seven minutes later when rookie Andres Berriel (Las Piedras, Uruguay) (pictured right) scored the unassisted goal, as he fell to the turf.
For the next 94 minutes, the two teams battled in scoreless action before McGrory scored his third goal of the year for the game-winner.
UNION, N.J. (9/27/08) - Freshman quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) completed a school record 34 passes and senior Durell Dukes (Elizabeth, N.J.) had a school-record 14 receptions, however the Kean University football team dropped a heartbreaker to 17th ranked SUNY Cortland, 32-28, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon. Cortland sophomore Anthony Giuliano (Thornwood, N.Y.) blocked a key fourth-quarter punt in Kean territory and would catch a 24-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining in what proved to be the game-winning score, as Cortland scored 22 fourth-quarter points to escape with the victory.
After forcing a pair of Cortland turnovers in the third quarter, the Cougars finally capitalized and took their only lead of the game on an eight-yard touchdown pass from D'Ambrisi to Dukes, capping a 10-play, 45-yard drive for the 14-10 lead with 2:29 remaining in the quarter.
Kean forced the Red Dragons to punt early in the fourth quarter and had the ball at midfield before a fumble pushed the Cougars back into their own territory. After an incomplete pass led to fourth down, Giuliano blocked the Cougar punt and recovered the ball at the Kean 23-yard line, setting up the eventual 11-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Ray Miles (Port Byron, N.Y.) to senior Jeffrey Lang (Dryden, N.Y.) for the go-ahead touchdown three plays later, giving the Red Dragons the 17-14 lead with just under 11 minutes to go.
On Kean's next possession, the Cougars managed one first down before punting the ball down inside the Cortland 20-yard line. However, the Red Dragons struck on the first play of the drive as Miles found senior wide receiver Eric Hajnos (Grand Island, N.Y.) across the middle and Hajnos broke away from the Cougar defense for the 81-yard touchdown reception.
On the extra point attempt, holder Wayne Wheeler (Memphis, N.Y.) could not cleanly get the snap down, picked up the ball and found Lang, the Red Dragon kicker, who bounced off a few Kean defenders to score the two-point conversion and give the Red Dragons the 25-14 lead.
The Cougars answered right back on their next possession, as D'Ambrisi completed all three of his pass attempts, including a 31-yard touchdown reception to Dukes, and added the two-point conversion to junior Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.) to pull within three points at 25-22 with 6:44 remaining.
Kean had a chance to get the ball back without allowing a score, as Cortland faced a pair of long yardage situations on the ensuing drive. After converting a third and 12, the Red Dragons then found themselves facing a fourth and 10 at the Kean 24 that resulted in the 24-yard touchdown reception by Giuliano for the 10-point lead with just 1:35 remaining. That touchdown proved to be the game-winner, as the Cougars marched the ball back down field, scoring on a three-yard touchdown catch by senior James Felton (Plainfield, N.J.) as time expired. On the drive, D'Ambrisi connected on 6-of-9 passes for 60-yards.
In the opening half, Cortland took a 10-0 lead on a one-yard touchdown run by senior Andrew Giuliano (Thornwood, N.Y.) and 34-yard field goal by Lang. Kean cut the lead to 10-7 when Felton scored on a five-yard touchdown run with 6:46 left in the second quarter.
Cortland threatened on its next possession, however Kean sophomore Chris Lauda (Staten Island, N.Y.) intercepted the Miles pass at the nine-yard line to keep the Red Dragons off the board on the drive.
The Cougars had a chance to add points to the board in the closing minutes of the half after four complete passes and a roughing the passer penalty gave the Cougars a first and ten at the Cortland 12-yard line. However, a pair of bad snaps over D'Ambrisi's head forced the Cougars back to the 41-yard line and out of field goal range.
Both teams came in with the top two rushers in the nation in Cortland's Andrew Giuliano and Kean junior Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.), however both defenses kept the two in check, as Andrew Giuliano had just 80 yards on 27 carries, while Chunn finished with just 13 carries and 27 yards rushing.
D'Ambrisi completed 34-of-48 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to the school-record completions, his 352 yards ranks second in single-game history and 48 attempts are fourth.
For the third straight game, Dukes had more than 150 yards receiving, as he finished with 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns to move into second place in program history with 2,174 career receiving yards and 129 career receptions. His 14 receptions broke the mark of 13 set by Mike Tharp against Rowan in 1999.
Felton had 52 yards receiving on a career-best 10 catches, tied for the fifth most catches in single-game history.
Defensively, rookie Joseph Laguna (Keansburg, N.J.) had a team-high nine tackles, while sophomore Victor D'Arrigo (Staten Island, N.Y.) added eight tackles and senior Matt Ali (Keasbey, N.J.) had seven tackles, including a sack. The Cougar defense also forced four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions and two fumbles.
Miles finished with 304 yards and three touchdowns, completing 15-of-24 passes, while Lang and Hajnos each had over 100-yards receiving.
The Red Dragon defense was led by sophomore defensive back Chris Hanlon (Patchogue, N.Y.) with a game-high 12 tackles. Senior Matt Berman (Scarsdale, N.Y.) added seven tackles, one forced fumble and one interception, while sophomore Brian Haas (East Aurora, N.Y.) added nine tackles and one forced fumble.
Union, N.J. (9/22/08) - Sophomores Lisette LaForge (Roselle Park, N.J.) and Katherine Arauz (Newark, N.J.) both finished with two wins on the day as Kean University defeated visiting Lehman College, 9-0, Monday afternoon at the Kean Alumni Stadium Tennis Courts. With the win the Cougars improve to 3-2 overall while the Lightning fall to 1-6 this season.
LaForge captured first singles with scores of 7-6 and 6-2 while Arauz (pictured right) picked up the win in second singles by scores of 6-3 and 7-6. Together they combined for an 8-1 win at first doubles.
Junior Michelle Tofel (Union, N.J.) also picked up two wins on the afternoon with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking in sixth singles and combined with senior Andrea Grahlmann (Linden, N.J.) with an 8-0 win at third doubles.
The Cougars returned to action on Ramapo College in NJAC action on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 4 p.m.
Union, N.J. (9/23/08) - Junior Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) recorded a hat-trick as Kean University defeated visiting Richard Stockton College, 4-1, Tuesday evening at Kean Alumni Stadium in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) opener for both. Kean, who outshot the Ospreys, 33-6, improves to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in NJAC play while Richard Stockton falls to 0-6 and 0-1 in conference action.
KU got on the board in the 29th minute for the only goal of the first half as Gibbs scored unassisted, despite outshooting Stockton, 18-1, in the first 35 minutes.
Stockton surged out of the break and tied things up at 45:11 on a goal from junior Christy Barbetto (Hammonton, N.J.). The Cougars would go-ahead five minutes later on Gibbs' second goal of the evening of an assist from senior Katie McGee. The two would reconnect at 57:04 for Kean's third goal of the night. Sophomore Kelly Mataya (West Paterson, N.J.) closed out the scoring off an assist from Gibbs at 63:15.
Keeper Debi O'Kane (Cologne, N.J.) recorded 10 saves for the Ospreys while sophomore Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) tallied three.
UNION, N.J. (9/20/08) - Senior Durell Dukes (Elizabeth, N.J.) had 163 yards receiving and junior Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) rushed for 159 yards to lead the Kean University football team to a 43-26 victory over Western Connecticut State University in the New Jersey Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars racked up more than 500 total yards of offense, while limiting the Colonials running game to just 21 yards rushing. Kean led just 23-20 after three quarters of play before scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away, as the 43 points scored was tied for the second most in program history in a conference game.
Rookie Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) was 15-of-22 for 249 yards and two touchdowns as the Cougars won their second game to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 1994.
For WestConn (0-2), quarterback James Williams (Wolcott, N.J.) completed 28-of-40 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns.
The Cougars scored on the opening drive when D'Ambrisi rolled out to the Kean sideline, eluded the Colonial defenders and found Dukes downfield, where he made an acrobatic catch behind a WestConn defender and took the ball in untouched for the 74-yard touchdown reception. It was the tandem's second touchdown pass of at least 74 yards in as many games and is tied for the fifth longest passing play in program history.
WestConn answered on their first possession of the game, going 60 yards in nine-plays, as Williams completed all seven of his pass attempts, including a six-yard pass to senior Chris Kelly (Willington, Conn.) for the touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
The Cougars took the lead for good on their next possession when Dukes ran the ball in from five-yards out to cap a 7-play, 70-yard drive in which Chunn carried the ball 5 times for 55 yards.
In the second-quarter, Kean extended the lead to 20-7 when senior James Felton (Plainfield, N.J.) scored on a 12-yard touchdown run before the Colonials cut the deficit to 20-14 following a two-yard touchdown reception by sophomore tight end Justin Cruickshanks midway through the second quarter. The Cougars tacked on a field goal late in the half when junior Rick Jaeger (Hazlet, N.J.) connected on a 20-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining to give the Cougars a 23-14 lead heading into halftime.
The Colonials cut the deficit to a field goal with the lone touchdown of the third quarter, a 34-yard touchdown pass from Williams to sophomore Keith Rosedom (Stamford, Conn.) with 1:46 remaining in the quarter, pulling the Colonials to 23-20 after the Cougars blocked the kick.
In the fourth quarter, Chunn scored on a 12-yard touchdown run just 3:03 into the quarter, capping a 10-play, 64-yard drive to extend the Cougar to 30-20. On the ensuing kick-off, the Colonials fumbled the short kick and Kean freshman Robert James (Freehold, N.J.) recovered the ball at the WestConn 40-yard line. The Cougars took advantage of the short field and Dukes caught the 19-yard touchdown pass from D'Ambrisi for the 36-20 advantage with just over nine minutes remaining.
Each team added one more touchdown in the final quarter, as Cruickshanks had a nine-yard touchdown reception from Williams with just over six minutes remaining for WestConn and Chunn added the eight-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds left to put Kean ahead 43-26 for the final score.
In the game, Chunn carried the ball 24 times for his 159 yards and two touchdowns, while Dukes caught seven passes as his 163 receiving yards moved him past 2,000 career yards. In three seasons, Dukes has 115 receptions for 2,019 career yards and 20 touchdowns and is just 51 yards away from moving into second place in Kean history.
Defensively, senior Markal Ginyard (Cape May Courthouse, N.J.) had a team-high eight tackles, one pass break-up and an interception at the goal-line to end the game and prevent the Colonials from putting any more points on the scoreboard. Sophomore Tom Moncrief (Keyport, N.J.) added seven tackles, including a team-high five solo stops, while senior Jake Pew (Sussex, N.J.) finished with six tackles and one forced fumble.
For the Colonials, Rosedom had a game-high nine receptions for 158 yards and one touchdown, while Cruickshanks had touchdowns on both of his receptions. Senior linebacker Chad Milling (Hartford, Conn.) made 12 total stops, while freshman Kenny Keen (Hamden, Conn.) had a game-high six solo stops and 10 total tackles.
Union, N.J. (9/20/08) - Senior Chris Nelan (Haddon Heights, N.J.) scored what would be the game-winner as The College of New Jersey shutout Kean in the NJAC opener for both, 2-0, Saturday evening at Kean Alumni Stadium. Nelan scored TCNJ's (5-3-1, 1-0 NJAC) first goal of the match in the 13th minute off an assist from junior Kevin Luber (Delran, N.J.). The match would stay like that until junior Brian Galicia (Brick, N.J.) headed a ball from freshman Ray Nelan (Haddon Heights, N.J.) at 66:23.
Kean, who outshot the Lions, 15-9, falls to 4-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
TCNJ keeper Eric Goldwaser (Wyckoff, N.J.) had seven stops while sophomore Alfredo Oquendo (North Plainfield, N.J.) had one in the loss for the Cougars.
Union, N.J. (9/13/08) - Senior Amanda Pitts (Rahway, N.J.) netted two second half goals to propel Kean University past visiting Manhattanville College, 2-1, Saturday evening at Kean Alumni Stadium. With the win the Cougars improve to 4-1 while the Valiants drop to 2-4.
After a scoreless first half of action that saw just six combined shots, Pitts responded quickly after the break notching the match's first goal at 46:06 off a cross from senior Nicole Tahan (Clifton, N.J.). It didn't take long for the Valiants to respond and tie things up as junior Bailey Flood (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) took a pass from Kathryn Moore (Pearl River, N.J.) in the 53rd minute. KU took the lead for good as Pitts broke through off an assist from freshman Jillian Raider (Hamilton, N.J.) up the middle at 56:10.
Manhattanville keeper Ali Bromson (Suffield, Conn.) recorded five saves while Kean goalkeeper Nicole Grosew (Denville, N.J.) had none as the Cougar defense held things in check.
Kean returned to action on Saturday, September 20, 2008, when they traveled to The College of New Jersey to open up New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action.