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HILLSIDE, N.J. (10/16/10) - The College of New Jersey defeated host Kean University, 2-1, in New Jersey Athletic Conference men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon. The Lions (7-5-2, 5-1-1 NJAC) erased a 1-0 deficit to remain at the top of the NJAC standings.
Kean (8-7-1, 4-3 NJAC) took a 1-0 lead early in the game, when sophomore Abner Denis (pictured right) scored off the assist from sophomore Kharee Winslow on the through ball.
Midway through the first half, the Lions tied the game on the Ray Nelan penalty kick after the Kean foul inside the box.
The Lions scored the game-winning goal late in the first half when Chris Pisano scored off the assist from Sean Casey with three minutes remaining in the half.
The Lions held an 8-6 edge in shots and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Kean rookie goalkeeper Tyler Callahan made four saves, while TCNJ goalie Adam Friedman stopped a pair of shots.
The Cougars returned to action on Tuesday, October 19, when they hosted Ursinus College at the East Campus Soccer Complex at 3 p.m.
Old Westbury, N.Y. (10/17/10) - The Kean University women's volleyball team picked up another two victories as they defeated Yeshiva University and SUNY College at Old Westbury on Sunday afternoon.In the first matchup the Cougars defeated Yeshiva 3-0 (25-8, 25-10, 25-7). Kean was led by freshman Kaitlyn Hansen (pictured right) who had eight service aces along with five kills. Rookie Lindsay Gordon recorded 19 assists while sophomore Samantha Sacco had five service aces in the win.
In the second matchup of the day, KU defeated host SUNY College at Old Westbury 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18). Junior Nicole Bolash had a match-high 15 kills as well as nine digs. Teammate Katie Schuh tallied seven kills with a hitting percentage of .429 while recording three aces in the match.
Kean returned to NJAC action on Thursday when they hosted Ramapo College at 7 p.m.
UNION, N.J. (10/16/10) - Senior running back Jay Gwaltney posted his second straight 200-yard rushing game and scored four touchdowns to lift the Kean University football team to a 35-14 win over visiting Western Connecticut State University in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.The Cougars (3-3, 3-3 NJAC) snapped a two-game losing streak, as they kept the ball on the ground in the blustery conditions, running the ball 49 times out of the team's 59 offensive plays.
Gwaltney (pictured right) carried the ball 26 times for 209 yards and accounted for more offense than the entire Colonial team.
The Cougars opened the game with the ball on their own 46-yard line after the short kickoff and kept the ball on the ground for all six plays of the opening drive, as Gwaltney sandwiched five carries for 29 yards around a 26-yard carry by senior fullback Sean Atkins and capped the six-play drive with the nine-yard touchdown run for the early 7-0 lead just 3:10 into the game.
Later in the first quarter, the Colonials (0-6, 0-5 NJAC) tied the game at 7-7 when senior Bobby Rathbun intercepted the Thomas D'Ambrisi pass and returned the ball 62 yards for the touchdown with 3:18 left in the first quarter.
After the Cougars again received the short kickoff at their own 45-yard line, Gwaltney ripped off a 46-yard touchdown run through the WestConn defense on the third play of the drive with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter to give the Cougars the 14-7 lead after the extra point attempt.
In the second quarter, the Cougars added a pair of touchdowns to extend the lead to 27-7 at the break. D'Ambrisi scored on a 29-yard touchdown run midway through the quarter before Kean junior safety Jamahl Williams set-up a 12-yard touchdown run for Gwaltney with his team-leading seventh interception of the season, returning the ball to the WestConn 27-yard line with less than a minute remaining in the half. A WestConn penalty on the interception moved the ball into the redzone for the Cougars, where Gwaltney took the ball on the first play of the drive for his third touchdown of the game.
Another WestConn turnover helped set the Cougars final touchdown of the game in the third quarter when Kean junior defensive end Ray Wegrzynek (pictured left) intercepted the Colonial pass at the WestConn 16-yard line. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Gwaltney carried the ball 12 yards down to the two-yard line, before punching the ball in on the next play for his fourth score of the game. His four touchdowns are tied for the second most rushing touchdowns in Kean single game history.
The Colonials added a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, as sophomore quarterback Ronnie Bilodeau completed the 17-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Justin Cruickshanks to cap the nine-play, 50-yard drive with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Kean gained 347 of its 372 yards of the offense on the ground, with five different players totaling at least 20 yards rushing apiece.
For WestConn, sophomore running back Tyler DeRosa had 17 carries for 38 yards.
Defensively, junior linebacker Bekim Bujari made a game-high 11 tackles for Kean and had a pair of fumble recoveries. Senior Victor D'Arrigo had five tackles, including one sack for a six-yard loss, while sophomore Brett Yajcaji (pictured right) added four tackles, including two sacks for a 21-yard loss and a forced fumble. Williams totaled five tackles, while his seventh interception of the season moves him into second place in single season history.
For WestConn, senior defensive end Matt Pakulski had 10 tackles, including the team's lone sack, and senior Cliff Rone added nine tackles.
The Cougars remain home next weekend for Homecoming festivities, hosting William Paterson University at 1 p.m.
UNION, N.J. (10/1/10) - Montclair State University scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns en-route to defeating host Kean University, 21-7, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Friday evening. In a rematch of last season's regular season finale won by the Red Hawks to claim the NJAC title, Montclair State (4-0, 3-0 NJAC) remained undefeated as senior running back Chris D'Andrea tallied 90 yards on 19 carries and quarterback Tom Fischer had a pair of touchdown passes.
For the Cougars (2-2, 2-2 NJAC), senior running back Jay Gwaltney finished with 102 yards rushing.
After the two teams exchanged punts on each of their first possession to start the game, Montclair State senior running back Matt Jimenez opened the next Red Hawk drive with back-to-back 12-yard carries to move the ball into Kean territory.
Jimenez later pushed the Red Hawks into the red zone, and Fischer later completed a 19-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Bobby Roesing on the touchdown reception, as Montclair State took the 7-0 lead midway through the opening quarter following the extra point.
On the next Cougar drive, the Red Hawks forced the three-and-out and junior Chad Faulcon blocked the ensuing punt, giving Montclair State the ball back at the Kean 34-yard line. Four plays later after the Cougar defense held Montclair State, the Red Hawks looked to extend the lead to 10 points, however the 45-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right and the Cougars took over at their own 28-yard line.
The Cougars were unable to get the offense going, as on the second play of the Kean drive, Red Hawk junior cornerback Gary Knoeppel intercepted the Thomas D'Ambrisi pass at the Kean 35-yard line and returned the ball to the endzone to extend the lead to 14-0 with 2:48 remaining in the first quarter after the extra point.
Kean was able to take advantage of the Red Hawk kickoff going out-of-bounds, starting the drive on their own 40-yard line. A Red Hawk penalty moved the Cougars into Montclair State territory and Gwaltney rushed the ball three times for 15 yards, before D'Ambrisi threaded the pass through the Red Hawk defense to junior Louis Haynes for the seven-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter.
On the third play of the ensuing Montclair State drive, junior safety Jamahl Williams intercepted his fifth pass of the season and returned the ball 18 yards to the Kean 36-yard line. The Cougars were able to drive the ball down field and had first-and-goal at the Montclair State three-yard line, as D'Ambrisi completed three passes for 35 yards and Gwaltney added 23 yards rushing. However, the Red Hawks kept the Cougars off the scoreboard when the pass on fourth-down fell incomplete in the endzone.
A Cougar turnover on the opening drive of the second half gave the Red Hawks the ball in Kean territory, but the Cougar defense would keep it a one touchdown deficit by forcing Montclair State to kick the 43-yard field goal that missed wide left.
Kean was forced to punt on their next possession and Montclair State junior Dan Keegan set up the final Red Hawk touchdown with a 37-yard return to the Kean 26-yard line. Two plays later, Fischer completed the 24-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Byron Lewin for the two touchdown lead midway through the third quarter.
The Cougars were able to get back inside the red zone on their next drive, however a fumble gave the ball back to the Red Hawks with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
In the final quarter, Kean sophomore Brett Yajcaji intercepted the Fischer pass at midfield and returned the ball to the 35-yard line. However, the Cougars were unable to move the chains and turned the ball back over to the Red Hawks on downs with just over two minutes remaining.
In the victory, Jimenez finished with 11 carries for 46 yards and Lewin made two receptions for 40 yards. Fischer completed 6-of-14 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
For the Cougars, Haynes had a career-best 10 receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown, while D'Ambrisi completed 16-of-30 passes for 136 yards after missing last week's game against Buffalo State College with an injury.
Defensively, junior cornerback Kevin Cloghessy made a team-high seven tackles and had one fumble recovery, while senior outside linebacker Ed Kirschenbaum finished with six tackles ,one pass break-up and one quarterback hurry.
Kean linebackers Bekim Bujari and Jerelle Peay made eight and seven tackles, respectively, while senior Victor D'Arrigo and junior Ray Wegrzynek each made five solo tackles.
The Cougars returned to action on Saturday, October 9, when they faced Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. at 1 p.m.
The Kean University men's lacrosse alumni game will be held on Sunday, October 24, at 10:30 a.m., on East Campus. For more information, please contact Head Coach Shelley Sheiner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (908) 737-0629.
Purchase, N.Y. (10/6/10) - The Kean University women's tennis team improved to 7-2 overall after a darkness shortened 7-0 win at Manhattanville College Wednesday afternoon.The Cougars won all matches but first and fourth singles, but were leading at the time the match was called. Highlighting the action sophomore Lauren Petrucelli won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and combined with Jaelynn Lee for an 8-6 win at second doubles. Lee won her match at fifth singles by the final of 6-0, 6-1.
MADISON, N.J. (10/5/10) - The Kean University field hockey team fell to host FDU-Florham, 2-1, in non-conference action on Tuesday evening. Lauren Fabrizio netted the game-winner for the Devils (6-6) with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game to snap the Cougars (7-2) seven-game winning streak.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Kean senior Amie Hoch knotted the game at one goal apiece when she scored off the assist from senior Kelly Mataya off the penalty corner at 41:45.
The two teams battled over the next 16 minutes, before Fabrizio netted the game-winner at 58:18.
In goal, senior Lauren Dobbs stopped four shots for the Cougars, while Devils goalkeeper Tess Loughran made 11 saves.
Kean returned to action on Saturday, October 9, when they hosted Rowan University in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.
Chestertown, Md. (9/25/10) - The Kean University women's volleyball team dropped two matches in the Penny Fall Classic held at Washington College (Maryland) on Saturday afternoon.The Cougars (9-9) fell to Widener University (11-8), 3-0 (16-25, 21-25, 21-25), in the first matchup of the day. Kean was led by junior Jamie Sacco who had nine kills, seven digs as well as four service aces. Junior Nicole Bolash added six kills and 13 digs.
KU dropped the second match to host Washington (7-10), 3-0 (22-25, 17-25, 27-29), in the nightcap. The Cougars were led by Bolash who had a team-high 11 kills and nine digs.
On the afternoon senior Colleen Masterson had a combined 40 assists while junior libero Mary Aldana tallied 20 digs.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (9/25/10) - Sophomore Justin McLendon had a fourth-quarter 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to lift the Kean University football team to a 33-29 win over host Buffalo State College in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.The Bengals scored 22 straight points to open the fourth quarter to rally from a 26-7 deficit and take the 29-26 lead, before McLendon ran back the Bengals' final kickoff for the game-winning score with 5:36 left in the game.
For the Cougars (2-1, 2-1 NJAC), senior running back Jay Gwaltney carried the ball 31 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns, while junior Jamahl Williams had two interceptions for the second time in as many games. The Cougars were playing without starting quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi, who sat out the game with an injury.
The Cougars scored the first 23 points of the game, before Buffalo State got on the scoreboard in the third quarter on a 13-yard rushing score by running back Gibran Johnson.
Kean took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter when junior kicker opened the scoring with a 21-yard field goal on the Cougars' second possession of the game and Gwaltney added a five-yard touchdown run later in the quarter. Williams set up Gwaltney's touchdown run with his first pick of the game, returning the ball 41-yards to the 11-yard line before a Bengal penalty gave the Cougars first-and-goal at the five-yard line.
In the second quarter, the Cougars scored on their first two possessions to extend the lead to 23-0 at halftime. Junior Billy Kvalheim set-up the Cougars first scoring drive when he blocked the Buffalo State punt, giving the Cougars excellent field position at the Bengal 33-yard line. Six plays later, quarterback Anthony Giordano connected with senior tight end Matt Puorro on the 21-yard scoring strike to give the Cougars' the 16-0 lead after the missed extra point attempt.
On Kean's next possession, Giordano completed an 18-yard pass to senior fullback Sean Atkins to move the ball into Bengal territory and after a 19-yard rush by junior Chris Suozzo, Gwaltney took the ball the final 26-yards, including the five-yard touchdown run with 6:16 left in the half, as Kean built a 23-0 lead after the extra point.
In the second half, Buffalo State freshman defensive back intercepted Giordano on the first drive of the half, giving the Bengals the ball at the Kean 37-yard line. Johnson carried the ball three times to open the ensuing drive, before a Kean personal foul gave the Bengals a first-and-ten at the 13-yard line. From there, Johnson scored on the 13-yard run to give trim the Cougar lead to 23-7.
The Cougars answered right back on their next drive, extending the lead to 26-7 on the 42-yard field goal by Billy Daniels and setting up a dramatic fourth quarter.
After Buffalo State fumbled the ball just two plays into the quarter, Kean gave the ball right back to the Bengals three plays later, as Buffalo State recovered the fumble on the Kean 46-yard line. The Bengals wasted no time, as sophomore quarterback Ryan Lehotsky connected with senior wide receiver Rob Smith on the 46-yard touchdown reception to pull within 26-14 just 2:20 into the fourth quarter.
The Bengal defense forced the Cougars to punt on their next possession, and Buffalo State started its next possession on their own 42-yard line. Lehotsky and Smith connected again on the first play of the drive, this time for a 43-yard pass completion to move the ball the inside red zone. Freshman running back Greg Spears carried the ball three times for the final 15 yards, capping the scoring drive with a six-yard touchdown run, trimming the Kean lead to 26-21 with 9:37 remaining after the extra point.
On Kean's next possession, the Cougars managed just eight yards before being forced to punt, however on the punt attempt the Cougars fumbled the ball, turning the ball over on downs at their own 14-yard line. The Bengals went right back to Spears on four carries, as he punched the ball in from one-yard out to give the Bengals the 29-26 lead following the two-point conversion with just under six minutes remaining.
McLendon gave the Cougars the lead right back however, taking the ensuing kickoff 85-yards to give Kean the 33-29 lead.
The Bengals had one more chance to regain the lead, however the Kean defense forced Buffalo State to punt after a three-and-out and the Cougars were able to get a pair of first downs on the drive to eventually run out the clock.
Gwaltney added a team-high five receptions for 30 yards, while Puorro added four catches for a team-high 58 yards and one touchdown. In his first career start, Giordano finished 14-of-22 for 141 yards and one touchdown.
Sophomore Brett Yajcaji had a team-high seven tackles, while Williams finished with four tackles to go along with his two interceptions.
For Buffalo State, Brandon Hodgins and Matthew Krumm each had eight tackles, including one tackle for a loss.
PITMAN, N.J. (9/19/10) - For the second straight week, outside linebacker Jerelle Peay has been named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Rookie of the Week following the Cougars' 27-9 win over host Morrisville State University in NJAC action.Peay led the team in tackles for the second time in as many games, making seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss of seven yards. The rookie, who ranks tied for seventh in the NJAC in tackles per game (9.0), was part of a defensive unit that held the Mustangs to only 51 yards rushing in the win.
Kean remains on the road at Buffalo State College in NJAC action on Saturday, September 25, at Noon.
UNION, N.J. (9/21/10) - Junior outside hitter Jamie Sacco had a game-high 13 kills and added three blocks to help lead the Kean University women's volleyball team to a five-set victory (24-26, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 15-10) over Rutgers-Newark in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Tuesday evening. The Cougars (9-7, 1-1 NJAC) rallied from a set-down after the first and third sets before again rallying from a 10-9 deficit in the fifth set by scoring the final six points to clinch the win.
For the Scarlet Raiders (4-8, 0-2 NJAC), junior outside hitter Toni Moppert had a team-high 11 kills and 15 digs.
In the victory, junior Nicole Bolash added 10 kills, 15 digs and four service aces, while senior setter Colleen Masterson had a game-high 37 assists and junior libero Mary Aldana posted a game-high 20 digs.
Junior Tara Richey led the Cougars' blocking attack, finishing with six assisted blocks, as Kean posted eight total blocks in the match.
Rutgers-Newark sophomore middle blocker Rachel Witt added 10 kills and five service aces, and freshman setter Jen Mendoza had 24 assists.
The Kean win ended a 12-game NJAC losing streak for the Cougars, with Kean's last NJAC victory coming against the Scarlet Raiders in October 2008.
The Cougars return to action on Saturday, September 25, at the Penny Fall Classic at Washington College (Md.).
UNION, N.J. (9/20/10) - The Kean University Benisch Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee announces the five former student-athletes to be inducted as part of the 2010 class.Joining the Hall of Fame this fall will be former softball standout Tracy Burkhart, two-sport athlete Gail Gilchrest, men's lacrosse star Rich Theesfeld and men's soccer All-Americans Michael Iacono and Rudy Lormil.
Burkhart was a member of two NCAA tournament teams and closed out her career as the program's all-time leader in both hits (194) and triples (10). A four-time all-region player, Burkhart also ranks second in batting average (.385), doubles (42), runs (113) and stolen bases (52), while her 111 career RBI are the third highest total in school history. A 1995 graduate, she also holds the top two spots in single season stolen bases, with 23 and 21.
Gilchrest was a two-sport letterwinner in both women's basketball and women's lacrosse after transferring to Kean for her final two seasons. The 1997 D'Angola Award Winner, Gilchrest was a New Jersey Athletic Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference first-team all-star on the hardwood her senior year, after earning second-team honors as a junior. Also a Kodak/Women's Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention all-american as a senior, Gilchrest still holds the single season records for scoring average (24.7) and free throws made (141). The two-time most valuable player in women's lacrosse and a 1998 graduate, Gilchrest is now the head women's basketball coach at NJAC rival Rutgers-Camden.
The men's lacrosse all-time leader with 220 career goals, Theesfeld was the 2001 Knickerbocker Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Year after scoring 80 goals his senior year, the second highest total in single season history. A three-time first-team all-conference selection, Theesfeld also ranks fourth all time in career points (284) and groundballs (335), while also holding the single game record with 12 goals scored against Ursinus College. A 2001 graduate, Theesfeld was the fifth player in program history to participate in the North/South Senior All-Star game.
Iacono became just the third player in school history to be named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America first-team All-American after helping lead the Cougars to a NJAC championship and a pair of berths in the NCAA tournament. A senior on the school-record tying 18-win squad in 2001, Iacono finished his career tied for fourth on the career list with 31 assists, while his 14 assists in 2001 remain tied for fourth in single season history. A 2005 graduate, Iacono was a two-time NJAC first-team all-star and was also named the 2001 NJAC Offensive Player of the Year.
A two-time All-American on the pitch, Lormil closed out his career ranked second in all-time goals (66) and third in all-time points (147), despite being the team's goalkeeper his freshman season. A NSCAA second-team All-American in 2001 and third-team All-American in 2002, Lormil also ranked fourth all-time in single season points (56) and fifth in goals (25). The 2002 NJAC Offensive Player of the Year and three-time NJAC first-team all-star, Lormil graduated in 2005.
The 2010 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, October 29,in Kean Hall. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Jack McKiernan, Associate Director of Athletics, at (908) 737-0604.
UNION, N.J. (9/18/10) - Sophomore Tiago Goetzke scored his second game-winning goal in as many games, as the Kean University men's soccer team opener New Jersey Athletic Conference play with a 1-0 double-overtime victory over #25 Richard Stockton College on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars (4-2-1, 1-0 NJAC), who defeated #23 York College (Pa.) earlier in the week on Goetzke's game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining, held a 16-13 edge in shots, while both teams had six corner kicks.
Rookie goalkeeper Tim Brett made seven saves for the Ospreys (4-3, 0-1 NJAC).
After more than 105 scoreless minutes, sophomore Kharee Winslow controlled the ball on the Osprey side of the field before handing the ball off to Goetzke, who fired the shot from nearly 30 yards out over the outstretched, diving reach of the 6-7 Brett with 3:31 remaining.
For the Cougars, senior goalkeeper Alfredo Oquendo made six saves for the shutout victory.
The Cougars return to action on Wednesday, September 22, at Rutgers-Newark at 7 p.m.
UNION, N.J. (9/11/10) - SUNY Cortland scored 17 unanswered points in the first quarter en-route to defeating host Kean University in the season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Kean Alumni Stadium.In the New Jersey Athletic Conference game for both teams, sophomore Justin Autera had 227 all-purpose yards for the NJAC preseason favorite Red Dragons (1-0, 1-0 NJAC), including an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game.
For the Cougars (0-1, 0-1 NJAC), freshman outside linebacker Jerelle Peay made a game-high 11 tackles and junior safety Jamahl Williams had nine stops and a forced fumble.
After Autera returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown for the early 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the game, the Red Dragon defense forced Kean to punt on its first three possessions, and the Cortland offense capitalized by scoring on its next two chances for the 17-0 advantage in the opening quarter.
The Red Dragons extended the lead to 14-0 when quarterback Dan Pitcher completed the 18-yard touchdown pass to Autera, capping the nine-play, 75-yard drive. On the drive, Pitcher completed 3-of-4 passes for 57 yards, including a 28-yard completion to sophomore wide receiver Kadeem Miller to move the ball into Cougar territory.
Cortland forced the Cougars into a three-and -out and subsequently moved the ball inside the red-zone before settling for the 33-yard field goal by junior Marc Corrado to push the lead to 17-0 with 1:55 left in the opening quarter.
The Cougars were finally able to get on the board with 4:07 remaining in the second quarter, as junior quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi completed 6-of-7 passes for 70 yards, including the eight-yard touchdown pass to junior Louis Haynes to trim the Cortland lead to 17-6 after the failed extra point attempt. Senior running back Jay Gwaltney contributed a pair of rushes for 13 yards, while adding a 20-yard reception to set-up first and goal for the Cougars.
In the second half, the two teams first exchanged fumbles and then punts, before the Cougars were able to pull within five points late in the quarter.
After a Red Dragon punt gave the Cougars the ball at their own 36-yard line with just under seven minutes left in the half, Gwaltney had back to back rushes for the Cougars to move the ball out near midfield at their own 47-yard line.
D'Ambrisi followed with two straight completions to senior tight end Matt Puorro, first for 22 yards and then for 14 yards to give the Cougars a new set of downs at the Cortland 22-yard line. A D'Ambrisi rush for seven yards moved the ball inside the red zone, before D'Ambrisi and Gwaltney connected on the 15-yard touchdown reception, pulling the Cougars to within 17-12 following the failed two-point conversion attempt.
The Red Dragons opened the fourth quarter with a 41-yard punt by sophomore Pete Furey that pinned the Cougars inside the 10-yard line. Four plays later, the Cougars were forced to punt with Autera receiving the Billy Daniels' kick at the Cortland 40-yard line that he returned 55 yards before being tackled by Daniels at the Kean five-yard line.
On the subsequent drive, Sair rushed the ball twice to get the ball to the one-yard line, before the Kean defense held the line on third down and Sair never fully controlled the handoff on fourth-down to give the Cougars the touchback and a much-needed stop.
On the next Kean possession, the Cougars moved the ball out near midfield before senior defensive back Joe Lopez intercepted the D'Ambrisi pass along the sideline, returning the ball seven yards to the Kean 37-yard line. Four plays later, Autera scored his third touchdown of the day with the 12-yard run to extend the lead to 24-12 after the Corrado extra point.
The Cougars again had the ball near midfield with five minutes remaining, when Lopez intercepted his second D'Ambrisi pass, this time at the Kean 15-yard line before returning the ball 21 yards.
Kean forced the Red Dragons to punt after three plays, however on the ensuring Kean possession, the D'Ambrisi pass was tipped by junior Cody Allen and intercepted by Bill Smith to end the Cougar threat with less than three minutes remaining, as the Red Dragons were able to record a final first down before running out the clock.
Sair carried the ball 21 times for 77 yards, while Pitcher completed 11-of-20 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown. Autera, who had a rushing touchdown, touchdown reception and kickoff return for a touchdown, finished with 10 carries for 47 yards, three receptions for 36 yards and had 144 yards on returns.
For the Cougars, Gwaltney finished with 77 yards rushing on 17 carries, while also adding three receptions for 38 yards and one touchdown. Haynes and Puorro each had six receptions for 66 and 61 yards, respectively, as D'Ambrisi completed 19-of-29 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Allen finished with 10 tackles, with Smith making eight stops and one interception in the victory for Cortland. Lopez added four tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up for the Red Dragons.
The Cougars are on the road for their next two NJAC contests, first traveling to Morrisville State College on Saturday, September 18. Kickoff is set for Noon.
Union, N.J. (9/17/10) - The Kean University women's tennis team picked up their third win of the season as they defeated New York City College of Technology, 9-0, Friday afternoon from the Alumni Stadium Tennis Courts.Sophomore Lauren Petrucelli won straight sets in first singles (6-0, 6-0) and combined with rookie Jaelynn Lee for an 8-0 decision in second doubles. Lee also picked up a win in sixth singles with another straight set decision (6-0, 6-0). Senior Lisette LaForge earned wins at second singles (6-0, 6-1) and first doubles, along with freshman Debra Dress, 8-0. Dress earned the win at fourth singles (6-1, 6-0). Junior Miriam Penafiel earned wins at third singles (6-0, 6-1) and combined with senior Annie Ramos at third doubles for an 8-0 win.
The Cougars return to action on Tuesday, September 21, when they host Lehman College.
Union, N.J. (9/14/10) - Kean University has recently announced that men's volleyball will be elevated to varsity status and will compete in the Metro Division of the North East Coast Volleyball Association (NECVA) beginning in January 2011.With the addition of men's volleyball, Kean now sponsors six men's sports (baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball) and seven women's sports (basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball).
"Men's volleyball has become increasingly popular in high schools and clubs in the Northeast in recent years," notes athletic director Glenn Hedden. "We believe there is sufficient interest from prospective student athletes to support the sport here at Kean. Because men's volleyball is considered a spring sport, we believe this would be a good fit and would complement our current athletic offerings and facilities."
Current Kean's women's volleyball coach Don Perkins will also coach the men's team.
Kean will become the fourth Division III institution in New Jersey to sponsor men's volleyball, joining New Jersey City University, Ramapo College and Stevens Institute of Technology. More than half of the Division III institutions sponsoring the sport (27) are located in the New York Metropolitan area.
The move comes as momentum continues to build toward establishing an NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship. More than 53 institutions in the division now sponsor the sport, and the NCAA Division III Championships Committee recently reviewed a proposed timeline for action leading to an inaugural NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship. The legislative proposal is to be considered at the 2011 NCAA Convention in January. If approved, the championship would be conducted in 2012.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (9/4/10) - Senior Kelly Mataya and junior Olivia Triano each had a goal and an assist to lead the Kean University field hockey team to its second straight shutout with a 3-0 victory over host Muhlenberg College at the Mule Classic on Saturday afternoon.The Cougars (2-1) held a 27-2 advantage in shots and a 20-4 edge in penalty corners over Muhlenberg (0-2).
Rookie Katelin Lezette (pictured right) opened the scoring for the Cougars early in the first half, when she slammed in the loose ball off the assist from senior Joelle Vitale.
In the second half, Mataya took a pass from Triano and scored from the top of the circle at just under the 56 minute mark. Less than seven minutes later, she returned the favor with a pass from the right side to Triano, who knocked in the long shot for the final goal of the game.
Muhlenberg goalkeeper Kristen Dornenburg made 16 saves in the game.
The Cougars have eight days off before returning to action on Sunday, September 12, when they travel to Roanoke College for a non-conference game at 1 p.m.
Keene, N.H. (9/5/10) - Sophomore Kharee Winslow scored the only goal of the match to give Kean their second win of the season as the men's soccer team defeated St. Joseph's College of Maine, 1-0, Sunday afternoon in the Xara Classic at Keene State College.Winslow pushed across the game-winning goal in the 77th minute off a deflection in the box. Winslow took the majority of all shots in today's matchup with 9-of-15 for the Cougars.
Senior Alfredo Oquendo stopped the only two shots he faced on the afternoon as Kean improved to 2-1.
The Cougars will travel to Virginia Wesleyan next weekend for their next tournament matchup.
Union, N.J. (9/5/10) - Senior Randi Vizoco netted two goals, including what would be the game-winner as the Kean University women's soccer team posted their third straight win to open the 2010 season defeating Muhlenberg College, 3-2, in the Cougar Classic.The Cougars (3-0) got on the board just 38 seconds into the match as junior Danielle Esposito hit a breakaway shot from the right side. Vizoco gave KU a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute off an assist from rookie Carla Vitola.
The Mules (1-0-1) pulled within one as Megan O'Grady launched a ball from 30 yards out over the leaping keeper in the 53rd minute. Vizoco again took a pass from Vitola at 63:02 and pushed the ball passed the drawn out keeper for a 3-1 lead. Muhlenberg struck with a penalty kick goal at 72:45 off the foot of Nicolette Miller.
Senior Leandra Russo stopped four shots for the Cougars while keepers Michele Toher and Amanda Wong combined for five saves for Muhlenberg.
Kean held the advantage in both shots (16-8) and corner kicks (6-1).
The Cougars return to action on Wednesday, September 8th when they host FDU College at Florham at 7:30 p.m.
Marion, Ill. (9/7/10) - Former Kean University baseball player Joe Augustine has won the Brian Tollberg Award as Pitcher of the Year in the independent baseball Frontier League. Augustine leads the league with his 1.97 ERA and 121 strikeouts while being tied for third with 10 wins on the season and has helped pitch the Southern Illinois Miners to their first division title and the top seed in the Frontier League playoffs. Overall this season Augustine in 10-3 in over 114 innings pitched allowing just 27 walks and 86 hits.
Augustine was also selected to the Frontier League All-Star game in his home stadium and was tabbed as the West Division starter where he tossed a shutout inning.