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Langhorne, Pa. (9/16/08) - Junior Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) and senior Stephanie Cirino (Warminster, Pa.) combined for four goals and three assists to lead the Kean University field hockey team to a 7-0 victory over host Philadelphia Biblical University in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon. Gibbs scored twice and added two assists for the Cougars (4-2), while Cirino tallied two goals and an assist in Kean's second straight victory.
Kean built the 7-0 lead by halftime and held a 31-8 advantage in shots and 16-4 edge in penalty corners, scoring four times off the corners.
Also scoring goals for Kean were sophomores Amie Hoch (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.), Kelly Mataya (West Paterson, N.J.) and Erica Kelly (West Deptford, N.J.), while Kelly and senior Katie McGee (Cherry Hill, N.J.) added assists.
In goal, sophomore Lauren Dobbs (Palmyra, N.J.) made three second-half saves.
Kean returned to action on Friday, September 19, when they hosted Manhattanville College in non-conference action at 7:00 p.m.
Queens, N.Y. (9/13/08) - Kean University improved to a perfect 2-0 as they defeated host New York City College of Technology, 9-0, Saturday afternoon at York College. Sophomores Lisette LaForge (Roselle Park, N.J.) and Katherine Arauz (Newark, N.J.) were perfect in first and second singles (6-0, 6-0) while remaining perfect as they paired for first doubles (8-0). Senior Kim Kimpton (Galloway, N.J.) (pictured right) and sophomore Willmaria Miranda (Newark, N.J.) paired for second doubles for the first time and were victorious, 8-0.
The Cougars returned to action on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, when they traveled to take on Brooklyn College at 4 p.m.
Union, N.J. (9/13/08) - Senior Stephanie Cirino (Warminster, Pa.) recorded a hat-trick as Kean University posted their first shutout of the season defeating visiting SUNY New Paltz, 6-0, Saturday afternoon at Kean Alumni Stadium. Sophomore keeper Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) recorded four saves in her first shutout of the year as KU improved to 3-2 overall. The Hawks fell to 1-3 with the loss.
The Cougars wasted little time as Cirino scored her first goal of the match off an assist from freshman Lauren Kusik (Randolph, N.J.) in the 9th minute of action. KU would go on to score two more in the first half as Kusik recorded a goal of her own off an assist from Amie Hoch (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.) and Cirino tapped in her second of the afternoon with help from senior Katie McGee (Cherry Hill, N.J.).
The Cougars pounded out three more second half goals as Kean outshot the Hawks, 25-5 overall in the contest.
Kean returned to action when they took on Philadelphia Biblical University on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at 4 p.m.
Willimantic, Conn. (9/16/08) - Freshman Sergio Marchuk (Wallington, N.J.) broke up the shutout with just under ten minutes left to go but it wasn't enough as host Eastern Connecticut State University defeated Kean, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon. With the loss the Cougars fall to 4-3-1 while Eastern Connecticut improves to 4-1 this season.
Warriors forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford, Conn.) contributed to all of Eastern Connecticut State University's goals by scoring two and assisting on one. ECSU held a 3-0 advantage until Marchuk's goal in the 80th minute, including a 2-0 lead at the half.
Eastern Connecticut held a slight advantage in shots (10-8) and corners (11-9).
Freshman Kyle Kemp (Pittsgrove, N.J.) and sophomore Alfredo Oquendo (North Plainfield, N.J.) split equal time in goal, each recording a save in today's action.
Kean returned to action on Saturday, September 20, 2008, as they opened New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action by hosting The College of New Jersey at 7 p.m.
MADISON, N.J. (9/10/08) - Junior Jenna Godwin (Kingwood, N.J.) and freshman Ashley DiRocco (Cranford, N.J.) scored second-half goals to lead the Kean University women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over host Drew University in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Godwin tied the game when heading in a pass from freshman Lauren Small (Hamilton, N.J.) in the 50th minute.
The Cougars (3-1) took the lead 10 minutes later when DiRocco netted the game-winner from five yards out after beating her defender.
Drew (2-1-2) took the lead in the opening half on a goal from junior Alyssa Goodman (Schenectady, N.Y.) in the 35th minute.
Kean returned to action on Saturday, September 13, when the Cougars hosted Manhattanville College in non-conference play at 7 p.m.
Union, N.J. (9/10/08) - Junior Sebastian Baison (Hillside, N.J.) recorded two goals while freshman Andres Berriel (Las Piedras, Uruguay) tallied a goal and two assists as Kean University rolled past visiting Medgar Evers College, 8-0, Wednesday evening in their home opener. Kean, who outshot Medgar Evers 28-5, improves to 4-1-1 while Medgar falls to 0-6.
KU wasted little time as Baison notched his two goals in the first 10 minutes of action. Kean received goals from Berriel, Thomas Azydzik (Clark, N.J.) and Mark Efstratiou (Summit, N.J.) before closing out the half with a 5-0 lead.
KU cruised through the second half tallying three goals, including an own goal.
Keeper Alfredo Oquendo (North Plainfield, N.J.) recorded just one save in the night's action.
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (9/10/08) - Freshman Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) recorded a hat trick to lead the Kean University field hockey team to a 5-2 victory over host Vassar College in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon. The Cougars scored three times in a two-minute span early in the opening half, as Triano opened the scoring 8:25 into the contest, tallying the unassisted goal after collecting the ball following a saved shot.
Senior Katie McGee (Cherry Hill, N.J.) followed just 46 seconds later, scoring off a pass from sophomore Erica Kelly (West Deptford, N.J.) on the penalty corner. Triano added her second goal at 10:14, taking a pass from sophomore Kelly Mataya (West Paterson, N.J.) for the 3-0 lead.
Vassar got on the board in the 14th minute to trim the deficit to 3-1 before the Cougars added two more first-half goals by junior Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) and Triano for the 5-1 edge at the break.
Kean held a 24-7 advantage in shots and a 13-9 edge in penalty corners. In goal, Kean sophomore Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) made three saves in the opening half.
UNION, N.J. (9/8/08) - The Kean University tennis team opened the 2008 season with a 8-1 victory over visiting FDU-College at Florham on Monday afternoon. All three Kean doubles teams were victorious, while the Cougars also picked up five singles victories in straight sets.
Sophomores Lisette LaForge (Roselle Park, N.J.) and Katherine Arauz (Newark, N.J.) each won at first and second singles, respectively, while also teaming up to win first doubles, and junior Michelle Tofel (Union, N.J.) earned victories at sixth singles and third doubles for the Cougars.
Kean returned to the courts on Saturday, September 13, when went on the road against New York City College of Technology in a non-conference match at Noon.
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (9/6/08) - Junior running back Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) ran for a career-high 238 yards and three touchdowns, and rookie Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) completed 13-of-15 passes with two touchdowns to lead the Kean University football team to a 40-0 season-opening victory over United States Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday afternoon. Chunn, who scored on each of the Cougars' first two possessions, rushed for the sixth most yards in single game history at Kean, as his touchdown runs of 2-yards, 61-yards and 46-yards gave the Cougars a 27-0 lead at halftime.
D'Ambrisi, who transferred to Kean after redshirting at Monmouth University in 2007, was nearly perfect, throwing for 215 yards in his Cougar debut.
The Cougars scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions, while the Kean defense limited the Mariners to just 89 yards of total offense and 10 first downs.
Kean marched the opening kickoff down the field 75 yards for the 6-0 lead, as D'Ambrisi completed all three of his pass attempts for 51 yards and Chunn rushed the ball five times for 22 yards, including the two-yard touchdown run to cap the eight-play drive.
After pushing the Mariners back eight yards on their opening possession, Kean regained the ball on their own 31-yard line following the USMMA punt. The Cougars wasted little time, as Chunn took the second play of the drive a career-best 61 yards for his second touchdown of the afternoon for the 13-0 lead after the successful extra point.
On Kean's third possession of the game, the Cougars aired things out when D'Ambrisi connected with senior wide receiver Durell Dukes (Elizabeth, N.J.) with a 76-yard scoring strike, the fourth-longest pass play in school history, for a 20-0 lead in the opening quarter.
Chunn added his final touchdown of the game in the second quarter, capping a six-play, 71-yard drive with a 46-yard touchdown run for the 27-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Cougars added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, as D'Ambrisi connected with Dukes with a seven-yard touchdown pass and then added an eight-yard touchdown run for the final score of the game.
Dukes finished with six receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, four different players finished with five tackles apiece for Kean. Sophomore Victor D'Arrigo (Staten Island, N.Y.) and senior Markal Ginyard (Cape May Courthouse, N.J.) each had five solo stops. Senior Jake Pew (Sussex, N.J.) added five tackles, including one sack, and one fumble recovery, while rookie Joseph Laguna (Middletown, N.J.) added five tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 14 yards, and one pass break-up.
After a bye-week, the Cougars open New Jersey Athletic Conference action against Western Connecticut State University in the home opener on Saturday, September 20. Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m.
MADISON, N.J. (9/3/08) - The Fairleigh Dicksinson University-College at Florham defeated Kean University, 2-1, in overtime in non-conference field hockey action on Wednesday evening. Sophomore Laura Core (Mullica Hill, N.J.) scored on a penalty stroke with 2:07 remaining in overtime for the Devils (3-0).
For the Cougars (1-1), sophomore goalkeeper Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) stopped six shots.
Trailing 1-0 partway through the opening half, junior Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) (pictured left) scored off the pass from sophomore Amie Hoch (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.) with just under 10 minutes remaining in the opening half.
The Cougars held a 20-14 advantage in penalty corners, while FDU-Florham had a 14-11 edge in shots.
Kean returned to action on Saturday, September 6, when they host Stevens Institute of Technology in non-conference action at 1 p.m.
UNION, N.J. (8/30/08) - The Kean University women's soccer team opened the 2008 season with a 6-0 shutout victory over visiting Gwynedd-Mercy College in the Cougar Classic on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Muhlenberg College defeated St. Joseph's College - Long Island, 4-0. All four teams return to the field tomorrow, as Gwynedd-Mercy battles St. Joseph's at 11 a.m., and the Cougars host Muhlenberg at 1 p.m., at Kean Alumni Stadium.
Nine different players recorded points for the Cougars, including five scoring goals, as junior Jenna Godwin (Kingwood, N.J.) led the way with two goals and an assist.
The Cougars scored three times in a seven minute span late in the first half to take a 3-0 lead at halftime. With 10:23 left in the first half, junior Kayla Duncan (Edison, N.J.) scored off the assist from senior Amanda Pitts (Rahway, N.J.) to open the scoring. Godwin followed less than four minutes later, taking a pass from sophomore Randi Vizoco (Erial, N.J.) on the left side for the 2-0 lead. With just 3:45 left in the half, rookie Tara Dey (Hamilton, N.J.) netted her first career goal when her shot deflected off the keeper and into the net.
In the second half, Kean quickly added to the advantage, extending the lead to 4-0 when Godwin found freshman Danielle Esposito (Holmdel, N.J.) for a breakaway goal just 6:40 into the half.
The Cougars tacked on goals in the 71st and 77th minutes, when rookie Ashley DiRocco (Cranford, N.J.) scored off of Lauren Guenette's (Atco, N.J.) deflected shot and Godwin closed out the scoring, taking a pass from junior Nicolette Maggio (Tenafly, N.J.) inside the box for her second goal of the afternoon.
Kean held a 29-5 advantage in shots, as Griffin keeper Kristie Pollock (Kennett Square, Pa.) stopped eight shots in 77 minutes of action and rookie Abby Reed (Manheim, Pa.) made two saves.
MUHLENBERG BLANKS ST. JOSEPH'S, 4-0
Muhlenberg College freshman Renee Dessimone (Glen Rock, N.J.) recorded the hat trick to lead the Mules past St. Joseph's College - L.I., 4-0, in opener of the Cougar Classic.
Dessimone scored twice in the first half, as the Mules took a 2-0 lead at halftime. For the Golden Eagles, junior Dana Carney (Patchogue, N.Y.) helped keep the team in the game, making 12 saves in the opening half.
Mulhlenberg added two more goals in the second half, as junior Kimberly Hacker (Greenville, Del.) scored off the assist from freshman Nicolette Miller (Wyomissing, Pa.) and Dessimone added one more off a pass from freshman Meghan O'Grady (Mechanicsburg, Pa.).
Carney finished the game with 19 saves, as the Mules held a 32-4 edge in shots and 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
UNION, N.J. (9/3/08) - Rookie Ashley DiRocco (Cranford, N.J.) broke a scoreless tie with two goals in a seven minute span to lead the Kean University women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson University College at Florham on Wednesday evening. Tied after the opening half, DiRocco got the Cougars (2-1) on board in the 57 minute, taking a pass from freshman Leigha Czerwinski (Neptune, N.J.) for the 1-0 lead. Just 6:33 later, DiRocco scored unassisted, gathering a loose ball at the top of the box and scoring for the two-goal advantage.
The Cougars added the insurance tally late in the game, when freshman Danielle Esposito (Holmdel, N.J.) (pictured right) scored off the assist from junior Kayla Duncan (Edison, N.J.) with just 1:25 remaining.
Kean held a 28-7 edge in shots over the Devils (0-1), while also having a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
For the Devils, goalkeeper Melanie Pierson (Brookside, N.J.) made 10 saves, while Cougar keepers Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) and Nicole Groszew (Denville, N.J.) each stopped two shots.
Newark, N.J. (9/3/08) - Freshman forward Sergio Marchuk (Wallington, N.J.) netted the game-winner just under two minutes into overtime to propel the Cougars to their first win of the season by defeating New York University, 1-0, Wednesday evening. In a game where both teams struggled on the offensive side of the field, Marchuk (pictured right) took a feed from Dennis Correia (Elizabeth, N.J.) during a run upfield, took advantage of a quick opening in the NYU defense and helped Kean (1-1-1) pick up its first victory of the season while ruining the Violets' (0-1) season debut.
NYU owned a 10-5 edge on shots and a 7-1 advantage on corner kicks, but neither team capitalized upon the few offensive opportunities presented.
Keeper Alfredo Oquendo (North Plainfield, N.J.) collected two saves in the win.
MONTCLAIR, N.J. (5/3/08) - Sophomore attack Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.) scored from just off the right side with 57 seconds remaining as third-seeded Kean University notched the last three goals to capture the Skyline Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship with an 8-7 come-from-behind win over top-seeded Montclair State at Sprague Field on Saturday evening. Senior goalkeeper Dave Nichols (Florham Park, N.J.) (pictured right) made 12 saves and earned Most Valuable Player honors in the tournament as the Cougars tallied twice in the final 1:48 of the game to win their first Skyline title and earn the program's first trip to the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship. The pairings for the NCAA Tournament will be announced on Monday, May 5.
The Cougars, who captured the program's fifth title in school history after also winning four Knickerbocker Lacrosse Conference championships, also tie the program record for wins in a season (14-5) to match the 14 wins that the 1993 team (14-2) produced in winning the program's last Knickerbocker championship.
Sophomore Taylor Bonner (Old Bridge, N.J.) had three goals for Montclair State, which completed its season at 12-5. The Red Hawks, who went unbeaten in Skyline play during the regular season, including a 14-5 win over Kean on April 9, had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Bonner's third goal with 10:34 to play gave Montclair State a 7-5 lead, but it turned out to be the final score for MSU, as the Cougar defense turned it up a notch allowing just two shots the rest of the way. After Nichols made the last of his 12 saves, Kean moved the ball down the field and pulled within one with 7:04 remaining as Chris DeCarlo (Sandy, Utah) tallied a goal from in front of the cage to get the contest within a one-goal margin.
After trading turnovers, Kean would get the ball back with 5:35 to go and held the ball for nearly four minutes, getting off four shots before finally coming up with the tying goal. After C.J. Gannon (Morris Plains, N.J.) picked up a ground ball, Dennis Lukacsko (Lincoln Park, N.J.) found sophomore Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.) on the left side for the tying goal as the game was knotted at 7-7.
Montclair State would win the face off but turned the ball over, the Red Hawks 15th of the game, giving Kean an opportunity, which they would take full advantage of as Leathem collected his team-leading 47th goal of the year putting the Cougars in front for the first time since midway through the second quarter.
The Red Hawks had one last chance as it won the ensuing faceoff, but Chris Masiulis (Ellicott City, Md.) forced a turnover and Tom Eller (West Caldwell, N.J.) picked up the ground ball as the clock ran out giving Kean the conference title and the trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Kean jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first six minutes of the contest as Cope scored twice and Mike Terry (Maplewood, N.J.) added a goal. Bonner registered his first with 7:43 left and after Eric Gillar (Milltown, N.J.) tallied for Kean, Mario Passafiume (Boonton, N.J.) scored with 1:52 left as MSU trailed 4-2 after one.
In the second period, Tyler Meixner (Hamburg, N.J.) and A.J. Bachman (Montville, N.J.) netted goals early as Montclair tied the game at 4-4, but Bertucci finished off a Gannon feed to put Kean back on top at 5-4. Meixner's goal 33 seconds later retied the game and Bonner scored with eight seconds left before halftime as Montclair State led 6-5 at the break.
Meixner had two goals and an assist for Montclair State, which got five saves from goalkeeper Thomas Bowers (Hamburg, N.J.). John Schiavone (Montclair, N.J.) won eight faceoffs and had five ground balls while Mike Grouss (Summit, N.J.) was 4-of-5 on faceoffs with six ground balls.
Eller had three ground balls for Kean, which got four faceoff wins from Justin Lappen (Tolland, Conn.).
Newark, N.J. (5/5/08) - Top seeded Kean University Cougars avenged two regular season losses and came out swinging, defeating second seeded Montclair State University, 12-4, in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship game. With the win, Kean (34-9) claims both the regular season and tournament title for the first time in program history. This win also gives the Cougars the conference's automatic bid into the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.
After trading runs in the first inning, Kean went ahead for good, plating three runs in the bottom of the third. Senior Eric Ammirata (Hamilton, N.J.) broke the 1-1 tie with a bases-loaded single to drive in two. Ammirata would later come around and score on a Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) single.
The Cougars added plenty of insurance recording eight runs over the next three frames. Freshman designated hitter Gabe Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J.) punched out his second homerun of the tournament, a two-run shot, to highlight the offense.
On the hill, senior Andy Cupido (South Plainfield, N.J.) picked up the win after tossing seven solid innings. Cupido (3-0) allowed three runs and nine hits while striking out five and walking three. Junior Brandon Aich (Sayreville, N.J.) closed out the final two innings allowing an unearned run with five strikeouts.
Offensively, Ammirata was 1-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored while teammate Kevin O'Neill (Union, N.J.) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. For the Red Hawks (26-16), senior Mike Nunes (Hazlet, N.J.) had two hits in the loss.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional will was hosted by Kean University at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark, N.J. beginning on Wednesday, May 14, 2008.
NEWARK, N.J. (5/18/08) - Senior Andy Cupido (South Plainfield, N.J.) struck out a career-high nine batters and went the distance to lead Kean University to back-to-back NCAA Division III World Series appearances with the 8-2 victory over second-seeded Rowan University in the 2008 NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Baseball Regional Tournament at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. Seniors Derek Gianakas (Edison, N.J.) and Kevin O'Neill (Union, N.J.) each homered in a game-turning sixth inning, while Cupido scattered six hits to earn his first complete game victory of the season.
The Cougars look to defend their national championship and head to their second straight World Series riding a 12-game win streak, while having also won 12 straight NCAA tournament games dating back to last year's title run. Kean faces Chapman University in the opening round of the World Series on Friday, May 23 in Appleton, Wis.
After a nearly three hour rain delay, the Cougars opened the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back singles by senior Maikel De La Rosa (Newark, N.J.) and sophomore Chris Carrano (Lincoln Park, N.J.). After stolen bases moved them over to second and third base, respectively, senior Eric Ammirata (Hamilton, N.J.) had an RBI groundout and Gianakas added a RBI single for the 2-0 lead.
The Profs cut the deficit in half with a run in the top of the fourth inning, as junior John McMullin (Woodbury, N.J.) doubled to right-center to drive in junior Tom Ready (Blenheim, N.J.), who led the inning off with a single. An inning later, Rowan tied the game on a RBI infield single by Joe Franceschini (Toms River, N.J.).
Kean answered right back in the bottom half of the inning to regain the lead for good when sophomore Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) doubled to right center to drive in Ammirata and Gianakas.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Cougars broke the game open, as O'Neill led off with a solo homerun and Gianakas followed four batters later with a two-out, two run blast to left field for the 7-2 lead.
The Cougars tacked on the final run of the Mid-Atlantic Regional in the seventh when rookie Gabe Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J.) was hit by a pitch and later scored on an error.
After a lead-off single in the top of the ninth inning for Rowan, Cupido struck out his ninth Prof of the game before forcing the game-ending double play to send the Cougars to Appleton for the second-straight season.
Gianakas finished 2-of-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Ammirata added two hits, two runs scored and one RBI. Cupido, who earned the victories in last year's national championship game and in this season's New Jersey Athletic Conference game, improved to 4-0 in his fifth start of the year.
For the Profs, Ready and McMullin each had two hits, with Ready scoring once and McMullin driving in one.
Union, N.J. (4/19/08) - Freshman Amanda South (Fairless, Pa.) notched a game-high five goals and five assists to lead the Kean University women's lacrosse team to a 19-11 victory over visiting Farmingdale State College Saturday afternoon at Kean Alumni Stadium. Kean improves to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the Skyline Conference while the loss drops Farmingdale to 3-8 overall and 1-2 in conference action.
The Cougars jumped out to an early 10-4 lead through the first 30 minutes of action. The Rams scored the game's first goal just 16 seconds into the first half as Jaclyn Messina (Smithtown, N.Y.) picked up the draw control and ran the ball right in for her first goal of the game. The Cougars then took control, recording five straight goals for a comfortable 5-1 lead.
In the second half, KU led by as many 10 and held off a late Rams rally for their 10th win of the season.
Freshman Rosalia Romeo (Ridgewood, N.J.) (pictured right) registered five goals and an assist while junior Stephanie Cirino (Warminster, Pa.) tallied two goals and two assists for four points.
In goal, freshman Ashlie Berghold (Boyertown, Pa.) recorded 14 saves in the win.
For the Rams, junior Theresa Rokee (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) had three goals while teammate Justine Rothar (Levittown, N.Y.) finished with three goals and an assist.
On the afternoon, Kean held an 18-14 advantage in draw controls while also posting a 25-16 advantage in ground balls. The Cougars outshot the Rams, 56-29.
Kean will return to action on Wednesday, April 23rd against Ramapo College here at Kean beginning at 4 p.m.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (04/20/08) - Junior Chris DeCarlo (Sandy, Utah) scored a game-high five goals to lead the Kean University men's lacrosse team to a 14-7 victory over host Moravian College on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars (10-5) scored seven straight goals in the second-half to pull away from the Greyhounds (4-10).
After trailing the Greyhounds, 4-3, after a quarter of play, Kean opened the second quarter with three unanswered goals, taking the lead for good on an extra-man goal by sophomore Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.).
In the second half, after Moravian scored the first goal of the third quarter, DeCarlo (pictured left) netted the first of seven straight Kean goals to outscore the Greyhounds, 7-2, in the final two quarters of the play.
Sophomore attack Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.) netted three goals, while junior attack Eric Gillar (Milltown, N.J.) had three assists.
Senior goalkeeper Dave Nichols (Florham Park, N.J.) made six saves in the victory.
The Cougars have their final home game of the regular season on Tuesday, April 22, hosting Alvernia College at 7 p.m.
BELLPORT, N.Y. (4/20/08) - Senior shortstop Johanna Hedler (South Plainfield, N.J.) drove in three runs and scored twice to become the Kean University all-time leader in runs scored, as the Cougar softball team earned a split with St. Joseph's College (L.I.) in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. After the Cougars (25-7) dropped the opener in extra innings (2-1), Hedler (pictured right)was 2-of-4, while rookie Courtney Smyth (Abington, Pa.) allowed just two hits in the complete game shutout with the 8-0, five inning victory in the nightcap over the Golden Eagles (25-5).
GAME ONE: Shotwell Strikes Out Career-High Nine in Defeat
In the opener, the Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, as senior Katie Hicks (Medford Lakes, N.J.) singled to lead off the inning and later scored when senior Kara Schultz (Clinton, N.J.) reached on an error.
The Golden Eagles tied the game in the sixth inning, taking advantage of a Kean error, and plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the eight inning on a RBI single.
Sophomore designated player Allison Thibault (Garfield, N.J.) was 2-of-3, and sophomore centerfielder Allison Lizzi (Cherry Hill, N.J.) added one hit.
On the mound, sophomore right-hander Cassie Shotwell (Dunellen, N.J.) suffered the tough loss after striking out a career-high nine batters.
Reigning Lousville Slugger/NFCA Division III Player of the Week Jennifer Martinez (Bay Shore, N.Y.) improved to 23-2 this season with the complete game victory, striking out 11 batters and allowing just four hits.
GAME TWO: Hedler, Smyth Pace Cougars in 8-0 Shutout
Kean jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning and scored in each of the next three innings en-route to the 8-0, five-inning victory.
Senior catcher Vicki Lanza (Edison, N.J.) started the inning off with a single and would later score on a RBI single by sophomore Allison Lizzi before senior shortstop Johanna Hedler delivered the big hit with a two-out double to score Lizzi and junior Nikki Castagno (Staten Island, N.Y.). Hedler closed out the scoring in the inning to tie the program record of 113 career runs set by Tracy Burkhart (1992-95).
Senior Kara Schultz tripled in Lanza in the third inning and Hedler broke the career runs record in the fourth, scoring on a RBI single by junior left fielder Jesse Buchanan (Washington Twp., N.J.).
The Cougars added two more runs in the fifth inning to seal the eight-run victory.
Lanza and Lizzi each finished 2-of-3 with two runs scored, while Lizzi added one RBI.
On the mound, freshman right-hander Courtney Smyth (13-3) (pictured left) went the distance, striking out four batters, while only allowing two hits.
Kean returns to New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Tuesday afternoon, traveling to Richard Stockton College for a doubleheader. First-pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Camden, N.J. (4/19/08) - Sophomore designated hitter Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) plated the tie-breaking run on a ground out in the eighth inning of game two to help the Kean University baseball team complete a New Jersey Athletic Conference sweep over Rutgers University-Camden, 8-1 and 3-2, Saturday at Campbell's Field.Kean improves to 27-8 overall and 11-4 in the NJAC, while Rutgers-Camden falls to 7-24 and 1-13 in conference play.
Game One (Kean 8, Rutgers-Camden 1)
The Cougars took advantage of seven hits, eight walks, two hit batsmen and two Scarlet Raptor errors in the opening game as they posted an 8-1 victory.
The Cougars scored all the runs they would need in a three-run third inning, sparked by a leadoff walk from senior shortstop Maikel De La Rosa (Newark, N.J.). He advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right by senior left fielder Eric Ammirata (Hamilton, N.J.). Following a pair of walks to load the bases, Moceri hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 2-0 game. Senior Dan Mattonelli (Hamilton, N.J.) rounded out the scoring in the inning with an RBI single.
For the game, Ammirata went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Mattonelli and senior center fielder Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) each added two hits. De La Rosa walked twice and scored three runs for the Cougars.
Winning pitcher Joe Bartlinski (South Amboy, N.J.) (pictured right) raised his record to 5-2, working seven innings of three-hit ball. He walked six, struck out six and allowed just one earned run.
Junior Damien Wright (Millville, N.J.) took the loss, allowing three hits, seven walks and seven earned runs in three and a third innings. He fanned one.
Game Two (Kean 3, Rutgers-Camden 2)
With the score tied at 2-2 in the eighth, Kean collected a one-out double by senior right fielder Derek Gianakas (Edison, N.J.). He advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Sophomore first baseman Nick Nolan (Linden, N.J.) was then hit-by-a-pitch. On the next play, Moceri hit a slow grounder to shortstop, allowing the tie-breaking run to score as the play went to first base.
Kean scored a pair in the first inning, the first coming on Moceri's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Moments later, the Cougars ran a first-and-third play in which Ammirata was ruled to have stolen home before Gianakas was tagged out at second base.
The Scarlet Raptors tied the game in the sixth after walks to sophomore left fielder Zach Colgate (Haddon Heights, N.J.) and sophomore catcher Greg Hunt (Marlton, N.J.). With two outs, junior first baseman Matt Gabrielski (Atco, N.J.) stroked a sharp single to right field and both runners ended up near third base. Hunt retreated to second ahead of a play as Colgate scored the first run. Hunt later scored on a single to left by sophomore third baseman Kyle Ballay (Delran, N.J.).
Lihotz (2-5) was tagged with the loss despite throwing his third complete game of the season. He walked three and struck out three, allowing three earned runs.
Junior reliever Brandon Aich (Sayreville, N.J.) (pictured left) picked up the win with three and a third shutout innings of one-hit ball, walking one. Aich (6-1) struck out six.
De La Rosa and Ammirata each had two hits for the Cougars. Sophomore center fielder Scott Fruits (Turnersville, N.J.) went 2-for-4 for the Scarlet Raptors.
Kean will return to action on Tuesday, April 22nd when they travel to take on St. Joseph's College-Patchogue at 3:30 p.m.