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Oneonta, N.Y. (9/5/10) - Junior Nicole Bolash earned all-tournament honors as the Kean University women's volleyball team split on the final day of the Hartwick Tournament held in Oneonta, N.Y.The Cougars defeated Oswego State, 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-19). Junior Jamie Sacco and Bolash each had a match-high 10 kills while Bolash added 16 digs. Junior libero Mary Aldana collected 11 digs.
In the nightcap, KU fell to Western Connecticut State University, 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 22-25, 11-25). Junior Tara Richey had a team-high 11 kills while Masterson added 28 assists.
UNION, N.J. (9/8/10) - The Kean University soccer team battled FDU-Florham to a 0-0 tie in non-conference action on Wednesday evening at Kean Alumni StadiumThe Cougars (3-0-1), who are ranked sixth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Atlantic Region rankings, held a 23-10 advantage in shots over the Devils (1-2-1).
Sophomore Carly Seidel had a six shots, including two shots on goal in the overtime sessions. Senior goalkeeper Leandra Russo made two saves to record her second shutout of the season.
For the Devils, junior Lauren Albrecht stopped seven shots, including saves on each of Seidel's shots in overtime.
Kean returns to action on Saturday, September 11, when the Cougars compete in the Seventh Annual Stevens Engineering Cup at Stevens Institute of Technology. Kean squares off against New York University at 2 p.m.
EWING, N.J. (4/24/10) - The Kean University men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Lions Invitational at The College of New Jersey and set one school record and had five finishes meet ECAC qualifying standards on Saturday afternoon. The men's 4x400-meter relay team of freshman Kevin Persson, juniors Ricardo Garcia and Doug Bonner and senior Matt Gough broke the school record in a ECAC qualifying time of 3:20.64 to finish in fourth place.
Garcia (pictured right) also individually qualified for the ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as he finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles in a qualifying time of 55.00 seconds. Persson just missed qualifying in the 400-meter dash, as he finished ninth (50.46 seconds), just 26 hundredths of a second off meeting the ECAC qualifying time.
The Cougars had a pair of top-10 finishes in the 200-meter dash, as freshmen Barry Clark and Joe Badru placed fifth (22.53) and seventh (22.70), respectively.
In the field events, sophomore Aaron Lucas placed fourth in the high jump (1.90 meters) and eighth in the long jump (6.32 meters), while junior John Badala also added a pair of top-10 finishes with a seventh place showing in the shot put (13.63 meters) and 10th place finish in the discus throw (39.41 meters).
Freshman Vincent Schifini placed eighth in the pole vault (4.10 meters) and rookie Max Gordon placed ninth in the javelin throw (52.18 meters).
The women's team had several strong performances in throwing events, with three top 10 and ECAC qualifying finishes.
Junior Jamie Grenger (pictured left) placed fifth in the javelin throw with a ECAC qualifying throw of 36.48 meters. Sophomore Stephanie Cozzolongo, who earlier this season met the ECAC standards with a school-record 38.08 meters in the javelin, surpassed the ECAC standards again with a sixth place finish (36.14 meters).
Senior Sarah Lyon will also compete at the ECAC Championships in the discus throw, as she placed sixth with a qualifying throw of 36.56 meters.
Little Falls, N.J. (4/24/10) - Junior Ken Gregory was a combined 5-for-10 with five RBI while senior Steve Montalbano picked up a win and a save as Kean swept Montclair State University in thrilling fashion 10-7 & 11-9, Saturday afternoon from Yogi Berra Stadium. Down 9-0 heading into the eighth inning of game two, the Cougars (24-9, 10-4 NJAC) rallied with six runs and after holding the Red Hawks scoreless (17-13, 8-7 NJAC) continued with five more in the top of the ninth to take the lead and seal down the win for the sweep.
The early going of game one belonged to Kean as the Cougars scored seven runs in the first two innings to take an early 7-0 lead. Heading into the second frame up 1-0, KU sent 11 men to the plate while banging out seven hits. Ryan Gibbons got things going with an RBI single followed by an RBI single by Dave Zavistoski. Senior Mike Moceri lofted an RBI sacrifice fly while sophomore Lee Cavico had an RBI single. Sophomore Dylan Laguna knocked in two with a single in his second at-bat of the frame to close out the scoring. The Red Hawks made things interesting as they recorded two in their half of the third and another three in the fourth to close in at 7-5. With two outs in the third, Michael Boggi and Mike Ercolano each had RBI singles while Kevin Bond cleared the bases with two outs in the fourth on a ball hit into center that was lost in the afternoon sun.
The Cougars scored a single run in the seventh off a sacrifice fly from junior Chris Carrano to go ahead 8-5, but MSU answered with two more in the eighth as Bond had an RBI single and Andrew Himmelfarb scored off a Cougar miscue.
Kean secured the win with two insurance runs in the top of the ninth and as Montalbano sealed the bottom of the ninth facing just four batters.
Reliever Brandon Bujnowski earned the win in game one. Bujnowski (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in two and two thirds inning of relief. Montalbano earned his first save by tossing two and two thirds innings allowing just one run earned run with four hits. He fanned four.
Sean Hille suffered the loss for Montclair. Hille (6-2) allowed eight runs, just two earned, in seven innings.
Montclair State controlled most of the second game scoring in five of the first seven innings of action, holding Kean to just two hits in the same time period, taking a 9-0 lead.
The Kean bats came alive in top of the eighth, plating six runs. Pinch-hitter Sean Kelly got the ball rolling with an RBI double. After loading the bases, Moceri lofted his second sacrifice fly of the afternoon. Gregory provided the next big punch with a three RBI homerun to right-center, his third of the year. Later in the inning, Laguna provided an RBI double to close out the scoring as Kean pulled to 9-6.
Montalbano entered the game and shut down the next three MSU batters to send Kean into the ninth with their final chance. Sophomore Vinny Galya started things off with a leadoff double. Moceri put the score at 9-7 with an RBI single. Gregory (pictured left) followed with an RBI single of his own and junior Nick Nolan tied the game at nine all with another RBI single. Nolan and sophomore D.J. Breckenridge both came around to score on a double-steal that ended with an MSU miscue.
Montalbano allowed just one hit in between striking out the side to seal the win.
LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (4/24/10) - Junior right-hander Courtney Smyth pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout in the opener, as the Kean University softball team earned a split with host Montclair State University in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars (22-12, 7-7 NJAC) won the opener, 3-0, before Montclair State (18-14, 6-8 NJAC) earned the 3-2 win the nightcap.
GAME ONE: Smyth Blanks Red Hawks in Opener, 3-0
Junior Courtney Smyth allowed just three hits as she posted her second-straight complete game shutout victory with the 3-0 win in the opener.
The Cougars scored the only run they would need in the top of the first inning when junior left fielder Lindsay Kennedy led off with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Alicia Banz and scored on the RBI single by junior designated player Katie Yard for the 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Cougars tacked on a pair of insurance runs on a double by senior right-fielder Allison Lizzi, scoring Kennedy and Banz for the 3-0 advantage.
Smyth (10-7) struck out six Red Hawks and allowed just two walks, as she retired five of the final six batters and 14 of the final 16 batters in the game.
Yard and Lizzi each finished 2-of-4, while Kennedy was 1-of-3 with two runs scored.
GAME TWO: Montclair State Defeats Kean in Nightcap, 3-2
Montclair State scored one run in the top of the third inning to break a 2-2 tie and defeat the Cougars in the nightcap, 3-2.
The Red Hawks took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of three hits and a one Cougars error to score the unearned runs.
Kean responded in the bottom of the second inning with a pair of runs to tie the game. After junior first baseman Katie Yard led off with a single and advanced to second base on the sacrifice bunt by senior pitcher Cassie Shotwell, Yard scored when rookie Katie Zolli reached on an error. Senior designated player Allison Thibault singled to move Zolli into scoring position, and senior centerfielder Melissa Dietrich followed with the RBI single to drive in Zolli to tie the game.
In the top of the third inning, the Red Hawks scored the go-ahead run when freshman Jamie Paulino had an RBI single for the final run of the game in the 3-2 win.
For the Cougars, Thibault finished 2-of-3 at the plate. Shotwell (12-5) suffered the loss on the mound, surrendering just five hits and one earned run, while striking out seven.
UNION, N.J. (4/14/10) - Freshman Lyndsey Cannon netted six goals and added two assists to lead the Kean University women's lacrosse team to a 19-4 win over SUNY Maritime College in Skyline Conference action on Wednesday afternoon. Junior Amanda South added four goals and an assist for the Cougars (5-7, 3-2 Skyline), while senior goalkeeper Meagan Golden made eight saves for the Privateers (1-8, 0-4 Skyline).
Cannon netted three of the Cougars' first four goals, as Kean scored the first six goals of the game behind three goals and two assists from Cannon and two goals and one assist from South. Maritime trimmed the Cougar lead to 6-2 after a pair of goals from sophomore midfielder Kristen Saporito, before Cannon answered to give the Cougars the 7-2 lead with 11:15 left in the first half.
Maritime sophomore Catherine Brady cut the deficit to four goals again, however the Cougars scored the final two goals of the first half for the 9-3 lead at the break.
Brady scored the first goal of the second half for the Privateers, before the Cougars scored the final 10 goals of the game to score a season-high 19 goals in a game for the fourth time this season.
Cannon added three draw controls and two groundballs, while South had three caused turnovers and two groundballs.
Senior Julie Bachovchin, sophomore Katy Bednarz and freshman Jessica Hergert each added two goals for the Cougars.
The Cougars traveled to The Sage Colleges for a Skyline Conference match on Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m.
Union, N.J. (4/14/10) - The #19/22 Kean University baseball team banged out 15 runs on 19 hits as they shutout the visiting Dolphins of the College of Mt. St. Vincent, 15-0, Wednesday afternoon at Jim Hynes Stadium. Freshman Greg Baruka (Florham Park, N.J.) tossed six innings allowing just four hits and fanning five to improve to 4-1 this season. Freshmen Chris Judge (Belleville, N.J.) and Jon Coleman (Rockaway, N.J.) combined for three innings of shutout ball with just one hit and no walks.
The Cougars (17-9) jumped on the board quickly with a seven spot in the first inning. Sophomore D.J. Breckenridge (Fair Haven, N.J.) got things going with a leadoff walk. Senior Dave Zavistoski (Edison, N.J.) then ripped his first of two triples on the afternoon. Kean then rolled off four straight singles, with an RBI from senior Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) and sophomore Dylan Laguna (Edison, N.J.). Junior Nick Nolan (Linden, N.J.) then lined a ground-rule double down the line for two RBI, his first of two doubles on the afternoon. Freshman Steve Nappe (Edison, N.J.) followed with a two RBI, ground-rule double of his own to round out the scoring in the first frame.
Offensively Moceri was 3-for-4 with four RBI while junior Ken Gregory (Pittstown, N.J.) was 4-for-5 with two doubles.
For the Dolphins Mike Pope and Christian Lavery each had two hits.
Kean returned to conference action on Thursday when they traveled to take on Rutgers-Camden.
UNION, N.J. (4/13/10) - William Paterson University swept a New Jersey Athletic Conference softball doubleheader from host Kean University in a pair of two-run games on Tuesday afternoon. The Pioneers (18-7-1, 5-3 NJAC) won the opener, 3-1, before completing the sweep with a 4-2 victory over the Cougars (14-10, 3-5 NJAC) in the nightcap. GAME ONE: Pioneers Win Opener, 3-1
Sophomore right-hander Michele Graham earned the complete game victory, scattering six hits with four strikeouts, to lead the Pioneers to the 3-1 victory.
William Paterson took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when junior catcher Nicole Jimmerson led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a RBI single by junior right-fielder Jillian Mulderig.
The Cougars only managed three hits over the next five innings, before William Paterson added a pair of key insurance runs in the top of the seventh. With two outs, junior second baseman Lindsey Nadolny homered to right field and junior first baseman Jenne Vitale had an RBI double to extend the lead to 3-0.
Kean threatened in the bottom of the seventh, as rookie pinch hitter Colleen Leschinski led off with a double to centerfield. After advancing to third on a fly-out, Leshinski scored when freshman catcher Gabi Ciacciarelli reached on an error. The Cougars had the tying run at the plate, before the Pioneers were able to get out of the inning with a line-out and fly-out to end the game.
Graham improved to 10-6, as she allowed no walks and no earned runs in the game. At the plate, Jimmerson and Mulderig had multi-hit games, as Jimmerson scored once and Mulderig had an RBI.
For the Cougars, six different players recorded hits, with Leshinski finishing 1-of-1 with one run scored and senior second baseman Melissa Dietrich finishing 1-of-2.
On the mound, junior Courtney Smyth fell to 6-6, as she allowed 10 hits and three walks, while striking out six Pioneers.
GAME TWO: William Paterson Scores Twice in Sixth for 4-2 Win
William Paterson broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and held off the Cougars in the top of the seventh to earn the NJAC doubleheader sweep with the 4-2 win.
Tied at 2-2, junior Lindsey Nadolny led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to right-center and would score the go-ahead run when she beat the throw home on a RBI fielder's choice by pitcher Jenna Vitale, who would advance to second on a throwing error to home plate. Catcher Nicole Jimmerson would follow with a RBI single to score freshman Allyson Scerbo, who pinch-ran for Vitale, to extend the lead to 4-2.
The Cougars were able to get the tying runs on base in the top of the seventh inning, when freshman designated player Colleen Leschinski started things off with a two-out single. One batter later, senior pitcher Cassie Shotwell reached on an error to give the Cougars runners on first and second, however Vitale got the game-ending ground-out to improve to 7-1 this season.
The Pioneers scored single runs in the third and fourth innings, with the Cougars responding to tie the game in the top of the fourth on a RBI double by junior Katie Yard and again in the top of the fifth on a RBI single by Leschinski.
Leschinski and junior centerfielder Lindsay Kennedy each had a pair of hits for the Cougars, while Yard was 1-of-2 with a walk.
Shotwell (8-4) suffered the loss on the mound, despite just allowing four hits and one earned run,while striking out five.
For the Pioneers, Nadolny was 2-of-3 with two runs scored. Vitale scattered eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts in the complete game victory.
The Cougars returned to action on Thursday, April 15, when they traveled to Lebanon Valley College for a non-conference doubleheader at 3 p.m.
UNION, N.J. (3/13/10) - The Kean University women's basketball team fell one win shy of advancing to the Final Four, as the University of Rochester held off the Cougars, 68-65, down the stretch in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Elite Eight on Saturday evening. Junior Brittany Powell (Tinton Falls, N.J.) scored 17 points with five three-pointers and had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, however her three-pointer from the left corner was long as time expired to advance the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four for the first time since 2003-04. The Cougars were looking for the school's first trip to the Final Four since the program's only appearance in 1986-87
For the Yellow Jackets, junior Melissa Alwardt (Greece, N.Y.) had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and added three assists in the victory, while freshman forward Amy Woods (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) came off the bench with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.
One night after ending the undefeated season of Christopher Newport University, Rochester (23-6) ends the Cougars' school-record 29-game winning streak and is the first Division III opponent to defeat the Cougars (29-2) this season. It is also the second straight season the Yellow Jackets have eliminated the Cougars from the NCAA tournament, as Rochester defeated Kean, 66-59, a year ago in the second round at Rochester.
Kean, who set a school record with the 29 wins, opened the season with a loss at Division I Rutgers University before reeling off the 29 straight wins that included a perfect 13-0 mark in the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season, a NJAC Championship and the program's third appearance in the Elite Eight in the last four seasons.
With the game tied at 56-56, Woods gave Rochester the lead for good with a lay-up with less than six minutes to go and ignited a 6-0 run for the Yellow Jackets, as they extended the lead to 62-56 a minute later. After the two teams traded free throws, Powell had a lay-up to trim the deficit to four points at 63-59 with less than two minutes to go. Woods answered with a lay-up and after a missed three-pointer by the Cougars, she hit 1-of-2 foul shots to extend the lead out to a game-high seven points with 1:15 left.
On the ensuing Kean possession, junior forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) Caroline Bernal-Silva (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) with 38 seconds left, before Kean rookie Naimah Clemons (Newark, N.J.) drained a three-pointer from the top of the arc to pull the Cougars to within four points at 68-64.
The Cougars pressured the in-bounds and after forcing the turnover, Clemons was fouled going to the basket and she made the second of the two free throws to make it a one possession game with 22 seconds remaining. Kean caught a break with a pair of missed free throws by Rochester, and after senior guard Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) grabbed the defensive rebound with 10 seconds left, the Cougars got the ball to Powell in the left corner with the shot to tie the game, however the shot was long and time expired as the ball hit the ground.
In the first half, the Cougars took their largest lead of the game with an early 11-6 lead on a jumper by Jackman less than four minutes into the contest. After nine ties and four lead changes, the Cougars took a five-point lead on a three-pointer by Powell with 1:21 left in the half, before Rochester sophomore Jodie Luther (Gibsonia, Pa.) knocked down a jumper to trim the Kean lead to 36-33 at halftime.
Powell scored 12 points on the strength of four three-pointers in the first half to lead the Cougars, while Luther and Woods each had eight points to lead the Yellow Jackets. The Cougars held Alwardt in check in the first half, as she had just two free throws after tying a career-high with 25 points the night before against Christopher Newport.
Rochester scored the first five points of the second half to regain the lead, before a 6-0 run by Kean put the Cougars back up by five points following a three-pointer by Powell and a three-point play by Clemons. The Cougars extended the lead back to six points as Patrick and junior forward Angelica Bermudez (Jersey City, N.J.) each hit two free throws.
A 7-0 run by Rochester, highlighted by a three-pointer by Bernal Silva and capped by a lay-up by senior guard Jessica Mastronardi (Kendall Park, N.J.), regained the lead for the Yellow Jackets at 49-48 with 11:02 left in the game.
The next three baskets all resulted in lead changes, as Kean senior guard Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) knocked down a three, before Alwardt and Clemons each hit three-pointers, the latter of which gave Kean the 54-52 lead with 9:29 left. The two teams then traded lay-ups, with the Cougars taking their final lead of the game off of a Triano steal and Clemons lay-up for the 56-54 lead with 8:06 remaining. Alwardt tied the game on a jumper on the Yellow Jackets next possession, and Woods gave Rochester the lead for good with 5:47 left.
Clemons led the Cougars with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting, while Patrick had her 15th double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds, while adding two blocks and three steals before fouling out in the final seconds of the game. Bermudez also had a double-double off the bench, finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Kean All-American senior guard Melissa Beyruti (Union City, N.J.), who was injured in the conference championship game on February 28, played five minutes in the first half off the bench. After missing the first and second round of the NCAA tournament, Beyruti played in both sectional games and became the NCAA Division III leader in all-time games played with 128. The program's all-time leading scorer, Beyruti closes out her career with 1,974 career points and a NCAA all-division record 397 career three-pointers.
Jackman, who dished out a career-high seven assists in her final game, finishes her four-year career ranked fourth in school history with 1,351 points.
UNION, N.J.. (3/16/10) - The honors continue to roll in for senior Melissa Beyruti and junior Tiffany Patrick, as Beyruti was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro Region Player of the Year and earned ECAC First-Team Metro Region honors along with Patrick. These awards come a day after the two were named D3hoops.com Atlantic Region first-team all-stars after leading the Kean University women's basketball team to a record-breaking 29-win season and a berth in the NCAA Elite Eight.
A week ago, the duo were also named finalists for the NCAA Division III State Farm Coaches' All-American Team by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The all-american teams for D3hoops.com and the WBCA will be announced later this week at the Final Four.
The Cougars, who made four straight NCAA tournament appearances, captured the New Jersey Athletic Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the third time in the last four years.
Beyruti (Union City, N.J.) became the NCAA all-time leader in three-point field goals made (397) and the NCAA Division III leader in all-time games played at 128 this season, after receiving a medical hardship waiver last season for an injury in the eighth game of the 2008-09 season.
Beyruti, who was injured in the NJAC Championship Game against William Paterson University on February 28, missed the first two games of the NCAA tournament before being forced to play a limited role in the NCAA sectionals as a result of the injury.
The program's all-time leading scorer with 1,974 career points, Beyruti was a member of the 10-player NCAA Division III State Farm Coaches' All-American Team and was named a D3hoops.com third-team all-american in 2007-08.
This season, Beyruti averaged 12.7 points and knocked down 92 three-pointers, as she became the first player in program history to be named NJAC Player of the Year, while also earning NJAC first-team honors and D3hoops.com regional honors for the third time in her career.
The NJAC Defensive Player of the Year this past season, Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) averaged a double-double with 12.5 points and 10.8 rebounds, while leading the team in both steals (98) and blocks (74).
Patrick anchored a team defense that ranked in the top 10 in the nation in four different categories, including first in blocked shots per game (7.4) and second in field goal percentage defense (.298).
A three-year starter, Patrick led the NJAC in blocked shots, was second in rebounding and third in steals.
The Cougars won a program best 29 games, winning a school-record 29 straight after a season-opening loss to Division I Rutgers University, before falling to University of Rochester in the Elite Eight.
Union, N.J. (3/7/10) - Sophomore Lee Cavico (North Brunswick, N.J.) drove home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Kean University rallied past The College at Brockport, 7-6, Sunday afternoon from a mild Jim Hynes Stadium. With the game tied 6-6 entering the top of the ninth the Golden Eagles (1-2) set up a first and third situation with one out. Freshman Mike Weakley (Liverpool, N.Y.) then lofted what looked like a sacrifice fly to rightfield, but junior Nick Nolan (Linden, N.J.) fired a rocket to homeplate and caught pinch-runner Jake Coleman (Hilton, N.Y.) at the plate by several steps to hold the game at six all and send the Cougars to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
With one out, senior Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) drilled a double just off the top of the wall in left-center. After an intentional pass to sophomore Dylan Laguna (Edison, N.J.), Cavico struck with the winning RBI with a single down the leftfield line.
Trailing 6-4 heading into their half of the seventh, the Cougars (3-1) tied things up on a two out, two RBI single from Nolan.
Earlier in the game, Kean recorded four runs in their first at-bat. Laguna got things started with a two RBI triple followed by an RBI single from Nolan and later an RBI single from catcher Eddie Jennings (Jackson, N.J.).
Reliever Joseph Tarallo (South Amboy, N.J.) earned the win in relief. Tarallo tossed two thirds of an inning allowing just one hit.
Offensively Nolan was 2-for-4 with three RBI while Moceri was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Laguna finished the afternoon with a 1-for-3 performance with two RBI and two runs scored.
Union, N.J. (3/3/10) - Muhlenberg College scored 15 goals in the first half on their way to defeating the Kean University women's lacrosse, 19-7, Wednesday afternoon in the season opener for both at Kean Alumni Stadium. Senior Amanda McGovern (Glen Ridge, N.J.) led the way for Muhlenberg (1-0) with five goals and three assists for eight points on the afternoon.
For the Cougars, senior Chelsea Davis (Livingston, N.J.) recorded three goals on the afternoon in the loss for Kean (0-1).
Kean scored the match's final six goals of the afternoon as Davis recorded three goals, while sophomore Nicole Torre (Toms River, N.J.) and freshman Lyndsey Cannon (Delran, N.J.) each added one.
For the Mules, junior Danielle Rosen (Kinnelon, N.J.) also added a game-high five goals and four assists for nine points.
Kan returns to action on Tuesday, March 9th when they face Gwynedd-Mercy College at 7 p.m.
Towson, Md. (2/27/10) - The Kean University men's lacrosse team fell to #2 Stevenson University, 24-4, Saturday evening in action held at Towson University. The Cougars (1-1) held in during the first quarter as senior Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.) took a pass from senior C.J. Gannon (Morris Plains, N.J.) to pull KU within one, 2-1, with just under two minutes to go. But the Mustangs used the second quarter to surge ahead, scoring eight goals in the frame to take a 10-3 lead going into intermission.
Kean would score one more goal in the second half of action as Gannon netted an unassisted goal.
Gannon --finished with a goal and two assists.
UNION, N.J. (3/6/10) - Sophomore guard Brittany Powell (Tinton Falls, N.J.) scored a career-high 21 points to lift the Kean University women's basketball team to a 75-56 win over Tufts University to advance the Cougars to the Sweet Sixteen. The #2 Cougars (28-1) tie the school record for wins in a season, as they extend their school-record winning streak to 28 games. Junior forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) scored all 17 of her points in the second half and finished with 11 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season.
Tufts (21-6) was led by junior Colleen Hart (Needham, Mass.), who knocked down eight three-pointers en-route to scoring a game-high 28 points.
Powell, who is starting in place of Kean's all-time leading scorer Melissa Beyruti (Union City, N.J.), hit 8-of-12 shots from the floor and had four three-pointers for the Cougars. Beyruti is still day-to-day after suffering an injury in the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship game a week ago.
The Cougars took an early 11-5 lead just 2:05 into the contest, as the Cougars knocked down their first three-pointers, the last two coming from Powell. The score would remain that way though for the next four minutes of the game, before Hart ended the scoring drought with a three-pointer to pull the Jumbos to within 11-8.
After a pair of Kean free throws by rookie Naimah Clemons (Newark, N.J.) gave the Cougars a 13-10 lead, Hart had a jumper and Tufts senior forward Julia Baily (Farmington, Conn.) had a lay-up to give the Jumbos a 14-13 lead midway through the half. A lay-up by Powell put the Cougars back up one, before a three-pointer by Tufts sophomore guard Kate Barnosky (Huntington Station, N.Y.) put the Jumbos back ahead at 17-15.
Powell would then ignite a 10-0 Kean run with a three-pointer and would score eight of the teams points in the run to give Kean a 25-27 lead with 6:39 left in the half. The Jumbos would answer with seven straight points, pulling to within 25-24 on a lay-up by Baily with 5:17 left and would take a 28-26 lead with under two minutes remaining in the half, before the Cougars took a 29-28 lead at halftime on a lay-up by junior Angelica Bermudez (Jersey City, N.J.).
Powell netted 16 points in the first half for Kean, while Hart had 13 points and Baily chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds for Tufts.
Baily opened the scoring in the second half for Tufts, giving the Jumbos a 30-29 lead and a three-pointer by Barnosky would put the Jumbos ahead one final time at 36-35, before a 9-0 run by the Cougars gave them the lead for good.
Tufts pulled back to within four points at 46-42, however Kean responded with another 11-0 spurt to take a 57-42 lead with 8:32 left in the game.
Down the stretch, the Cougars led by as many as 23 points, as they advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in the last four seasons.
In the victory, senior guard Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) had 17 points and three steals, while Clemons added 13 points and five rebounds. Bermudez came off the bench to grab a game-high 15 rebounds.
Baily finished with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds in her final career game.
Kean will face Bowdoin College in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday, March 12, 2010, at 8 p.m. in Harwood Arena at Kean University.
UNION, N.J. (2/23/10) - Senior guard Melissa Beyruti (Union City, N.J.) knocked down six three-pointers to become the most prolific three-point shooter in NCAA history and the Kean University women's basketball team advanced to the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship game with a 92-68 win over Montclair State University on Tuesday evening. Rookie Naimah Clemons (Newark, N.J.) scored a game and career-high 25 points to lead #2 Kean (25-1) to its 25th straight win, tying the school mark for most consecutive wins and advancing the Cougars to their fourth straight NJAC Championship game. Kean, who won back-to-back titles in 2006-07 and 2007-08, will host William Paterson University for the NJAC title on Friday, February 26, at 7 p.m. As the top-seed in the NJAC North Division, the Pioneers defeated Rowan University, 75-60, in the other semifinal.
For Montclair State (16-10), junior forward Kisandra Ayanbeku (Brockton, Mass.) had 17 points and 18 rebounds, as the Red Hawks fall to the Cougars in the NJAC semifinals for the second straight season.
Entering the game just one three-pointer behind Laurie Koehn of Kansas State, Beyruti knocked down her second three-pointer of the night just 3:07 into the contest, giving her 393 to become the all-time leader among all of NCAA Division I, II and III. She finished the game with 22 points and she now has 397 career three-pointers.
Clemons took the opening tip in for a lay-up just three-seconds into the game and the Cougars would not look back, as Beyruti's record-breaking three with just under 17 minutes remaining in the opening half built a 10-point lead at 15-5. The Cougars would extend the lead to as many as 20 points on a pair of occasions in the first half, before settling for a 50-34 lead at the break.
Clemons Beyruti and senior guard Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) accounted for all but four of Kean's first-half points, as Clemons led the way with 16 points and Beyruti and Jackman each added 15 points. The three-some hit 19-of-26 shots from the floor and 8-of-14 from downtown, including Beyruti's 5-of-7 performance from long-range in the opening half.
The Cougars scored 30 points off of turnovers in the first half, making 10 steals on 20 Red Hawk miscues.
In the second half, Montclair State trimmed the lead to 11 points at 56-45 on a three-pointer by Ayanbeku less than three minutes into the half, before the Cougars scored six straight points to push the advantage back to 17 points with 14:26 left in the game.
The Red Hawks would again cut the deficit to 11 points, pulling within 64-53 with 11:44 to go, however an 8-0 Kean run pushed the lead out to 22 points at 81-59 with less than six minutes to go and the Cougars would take their largest lead at the in the final minute with the 24-point victory.
Clemons finished with eight steals, seven rebounds and four assists, while Jackman (pictured right) chipped in with 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Junior Angelica Bermudez (Jersey City, N.J.) rounded out the Cougars in double-figures, coming off the bench to score 11 points and grab seven rebounds.
For Montclair State, senior forward Catherine Cristino (Farmingdale, N.J.) had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
The Cougars face #8 William Paterson for the second time in the last four seasons for the NJAC title and the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament.
The Kean University women's basketball team captured the program's 13th New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship, defeating #8 William Paterson University, 70-62, at Harwood Arena on Saturday evening. The #2 Cougars (26-1) won their school-record 26th straight game and earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament. Sophomore guard Brittany Powell (Tinton Falls, N.J.) came off the bench to score 16 points, while junior forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Cougars, who have won three of the last four NJAC titles.
William Paterson (25-2) suffers just their second loss of the season, both at the hands of the Cougars, despite 16 points from senior guard Julie Haledjian (Montvale, N.J.). It is also the second time in the last four seasons Kean has defeated the Pioneers in the NJAC title game, with the Cougars winning the first of their back-to-back championships in 2006-07.
In the opening half, the Pioneers scored the first four points of the game and took a 9-4 lead less than three minutes into the contest. The Cougars trimmed the lead to 9-8 and would take a 13-11 lead on a three-pointer by freshman Naimah Clemons (Newark, N.J.) with 11:42 to go in the half. The lead would seesaw back and forth with eight more lead changes and four ties, before Patrick scored the final four points of the half to give Kean a 36-33 lead at the break.
Patrick, the NJAC Defensive Player of the Year, had nine points, six rebounds and two blocks in the opening half, while Powell knocked down three-of-four from beyond the arc for nine points off the bench.
The Cougars would use a 15-4 run, capped by nine straight points, to take a 55-44 lead with 8:17 remaining and would again lead by 11 at 64-53 on a three-pointer by Powell with 5:08 to go. William Paterson answered with five straight points, pulling to within six points on a lay-up by Haledjian with just under three minutes remaining, and would get as close as four points at 66-62 just 65 seconds left, however the Cougars would hit 4-of-6 free throws in the final 32 seconds to seal the championship win and advance to the NCAA tournament for the 14th time in program history.
Junior forward Angelica Bermudez (Jersey City, N.J.) hit 6-of-8 shots from the floor and had 14 points and six rebounds off the bench for Kean, while Clemons, who won NJAC Rookie of the Year earlier in the week, finished with 14 points. Kean senior guard Melissa Beyruti (Union City, N.J.), the NJAC Player of the Year and the NCAA all-time leader in three-point field goals made, was held scoreless before leaving the game with under 10 minutes to go with an injury.
For William Paterson, sophomore guard BriAnna Lucas (Hamilton, N.J.) hit 11-of-14 from the foul line, but just 1-of-12 from the field to finish with 13 points, while junior forward Absatu Mustapha (Somerset, N.J.) came off the bench to score 10 points. Senior guard Erin Cook (Princeton, N.J.) chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds.
The NCAA tournament field announcement was made on Monday, March 1, 2010 after our print deadline. All fans are strongly encouraged to go to the Kean University athletics website, www.keanathletics.com, for continuous updates about women's basketball team. NCAA tournament games begin on Friday, March 5, 2010.
NEW YORK (2/22/10) - The Kean University men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships. The Cougars finished tied for sixth in the men's competition, while the women finished ninth overall. The College of New Jersey captured both the men's and women's titles, as the Lions have won every NJAC Championship since the meet's inception in 1998.
The Cougars set three school records in the meet, with rookie Kevin Persson having a role in two of them.
Persson broke his own school record in the 400-meter dash he set a week ago, placing third in the race in a time of 49.30 seconds. The rookie also anchored the record-setting 1600-meter relay squad, as he joined senior Matt Gough, freshman Barry Clark and junior Doug Bonner with a second-place finish in 3:23.75 seconds, also qualifying for the ECAC Indoor Championships.
The men's 800-meter relay team of Clark, senior Jean LeBlanc and freshmen Imoleme Ilogienboh and Joe Badru also set a new school mark, finishing in 1:32.04 to finish third.
Clark placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (22.59) to qualify for the ECAC Championships. Sophomore Aaron Lucas and rookie Vincent Schifini had third place finishes in the high jump (1.93m) and pole vault (4.25m), respectively. Junior John Badala added a fifth place finish in the shot put (14.50m).
A pair of sophomores had fifth place finishes for the women, as Jamie Sacco placed in the high jump (1.53m) and Maria Moya cleared 2.75 meters in the pole vault.
NEWARK, N.J. (2/20/10) - The Kean University men's basketball team closed out the 2009-10 season with a 61-44 loss to Rutgers-Newark in the first-round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs. Junior Jonathan Jones (Linden, N.J.) led the third-seeded Cougars (9-16) with 14 points and 15 rebounds for his 18th double-double of the season. For Rutgers-Newark (20-6), the second-seed in the North Division, senior forward Deshawn Singleton (Passaic, N.J.) scored a game-high 21 points.
Jones scored the first four points of the game before the Scarlet Raiders followed with the game's next 18 points, building an 18-4 lead on a three-pointer by senior guard James Johnson (Summit, N.J.) with 13:02 remaining.
After the Cougars trimmed the Scarlet Raider back to single digits, Rutgers-Newark would again lead by 14 points on two more occasions before taking an 11-point lead into halftime with the 35-24 edge.
Johnson led the Scarlet Raiders with 14 first-half points, while Jones paced Kean with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
A lay-up by Kean senior guard Vinnie Darpino (Colonia, N.J.) to open the second half would pull the Cougars back within single-digits, however Rutgers-Newark scored the next four points and would maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the way to advance to the NJAC semifinals, where they face Richard Stockton College, the NJAC South Division top-seed.
Darpino closed out his Kean career with 14 points, while senior Brian Lytle (Union, N.J.) had eight points.
UNION, N.J. (2/15/10) - The Kean University women's basketball team won its 24th straight game and finished the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular season with a perfect 13-0 record with a 76-55 win over visiting Rowan University on Monday evening. Junior forward Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.) had a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Cougars (24-1, 13-0 NJAC), who haven't lost since the season opener at Division I Rutgers University. Rowan (15-8, 8-4) was led by senior forward Amanda Jennings (Turnersville, N.J.), who finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
Rowan took an early 10-4 lead in the opening minutes, as Jennings netted eight of those points on 4-of-6 shooting. The Cougars tied the game at 11 on a three-pointer by rookie Naimah Clemons (Newark, N.J.) and six straight points would give the Cougars a 17-13 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
A pair of free throws by Rowan senior guard Danielle Rohe (Dumont, N.J.) capped an 8-2 run for the Profs, however the 21-19 edge would be the final lead of the game for Rowan, as the Cougars responded with a 14-2 spurt to build their largest lead of the half at 32-23 with 2:39 left in the first half.
Patrick and Clemons scored with and seven points, respectively, in the opening half, as the Cougars took a 34-29 lead at the break. Jennings hit 8-of-14 shots from the floor to lead Rowan with 16 first-half points.
The Cougars opened the second half with 13 straight points, with Patrick (nine points) and Clemons (four points) accounting for all the offense in building the 47-29 lead just 3:34 into the half. The lead would extend to as many as 24 points (74-51) on a lay-up by Patrick with just over four minutes remaining en-route to the Cougars posting the perfect conference record.
Clemons knocked down 7-of-11 shots to finish with 16 points, four steals and three assists for the Cougars. Senior forward Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) nearly had a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, while blocking four shots. Senior guard Melissa Beyruti (Union City, N.J.) had just one three-pointer, giving her 391 in her career and moving her into a tie for second place in NCAA history and just two away from becoming the all-time leader among NCAA Division I, II and III.
For Rowan, sophomore Lauren Creel (Pennsauken, N.J.) finished with 11 points off the bench.
The Cougars, who have already clinched home court advantage throughout the NJAC playoffs, have a first-round bye and will host a semifinal game on Tuesday, February 23, at 7 p.m. The Cougars will face the winner of Montclair State University and the NJAC South Division third seed, which will be either The College of New Jersey or Richard Stockton College.
UNION, N.J. (2/15/10) - The Kean University men's basketball team won a triple-overtime thriller, defeating Rowan University, 73-70, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Monday evening and clinching a berth in the upcoming NJAC tournament. Junior Jonathan Jones (Linden, N.J.) recorded his second 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season, as he finished with game-highs of 23 points and 22 rebounds, including seven points and six rebounds in the extra sessions.
With Kean leading 52-50 with four seconds remaining in regulation, Rowan senior Tyson Hartnett (Medford, N.J.) knocked down an off-balance jumper as the buzzer sounded to force the first overtime. Hartnett nearly won the game on the shot that was initially called a three, however his foot was just on the three-point line to force the tie.
The two teams traded baskets to open the first overtime, before the Profs took a 57-55 lead when sophomore Gary Foster (Neptune, N.J.) made the first of two foul shots. Jones grabbed the miss on the second shot and after a time out, Kean senior forward Akinwande Oshodi (Florence, N.J.) drove into the paint and his jumper rolled around the rim as time expired before falling through the net to force the second overtime.
The Cougars took a four-point lead in the second extra stanza, before back-to-back layups by Rowan in the final 75 seconds tied the game and forced a third overtime.
In the final overtime, Kean took control from the tip, as senior Vinnie Darpino (Colonia, N.J.) scored on a lay-up following the opening jump before giving the Cougars a three-point lead at 71-68 with an offensive rebound and tip-in from the weak side with 40 seconds remaining. Darpino then helped seal the win, converting 1-of-2 free throws with two seconds left.
The Cougars led by seven points on a pair of occasions in the opening minutes, building an 11-4 lead and an 18-11 edge in the first 10 minutes of the opening half. The Profs battled back to take a two-point lead, before a tip-in by Jones at the buzzer tied the game at 27-27 at halftime.
Jones had nine points and seven rebounds in the first half, while Foster had six points to lead Rowan.
In a back-and-forth second half that featured six ties , both teams led by as many as five points, before Hartnett tied the game at the buzzer with the jumper from the top of the circle.
Oshodi finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, including a huge block on a Rowan lay-up late in the third overtime with the Cougars ahead by two points.
Darpino added 10 points, including five points in the final overtime, while senior forward Brian Lytle (Union, N.J.) added 10 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Eugene Tolliver (East Orange, N.J.) hit three, three-pointers to finish with nine points off the bench.
Foster finished with a team-high 16 points, six rebounds and five steals for Rowan, while senior guard Allen Pritchett (Camden, N.J.) added 13 points and sophomore Steve Secula (Mullica Hill, N.J.) added 11 points. Hartnett rounded out the Profs in double-figures, finishing with 11 points.
The Cougars, who earn the third seed in the NJAC South Division, will travel to NJAC North Division second-seed Rutgers-Newark on Saturday, February 20, in the opening round of the playoffs.