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UNION, N.J. (11/12/09) - Senior nose tackle Darryl Jackson (Red Bank, N.J.) has been selected as a member of Team USA for the prestigious 2009 Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) to be played on Saturday, December 19, in Monterrey, Mexico. Formerly known as the Aztec Bowl, Jackson is one of 50 NCAA Division III players selected to represent the United States that will face the Tec Monterrey All-Stars on the Tec de Monterrey Campus Estado de Mexico.
Jackson becomes the first player in program history to be selected for this game and joins senior running back Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) in an opportunity to showcase his talents in an all-star game at the conclusion of the season. Chunn was chosen to play in the inaugural Division III North South Senior Classic in Salem, Va., on December 5th.
A three-year starter at nose tackle, Jackson has made 35 tackles, including three and a half tackles for a loss of 25 yards and three sacks for a 23-yard loss. This season he has also made three pass break-ups at the line, as the Cougar defense ranks first in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in scoring defense and third in rushing and total defense.
He has played in every game throughout his career, as the Cougars have posted four straight non-losing seasons for the first time in program history, including three seasons with at least seven wins. This season, the Cougars have won eight games, tied for the second most in school history, and face Montclair State University on Saturday, November 14, for the NJAC title and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
UNION, N.J. (11/12/09) - The Kean University women's basketball team has garnered numerous preseason accolades, as the Cougars return four starters from last year's squad that advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament and New Jersey Athletic Conference championship game for the third straight season. The Cougars were selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2009-10 NJAC Women's Basketball Championship in a preseason poll of the league's ten head coaches, as Kean received six of the 10 first place votes.
Kean was also selected 11th in the D3hoops.com and USA Today ESPN Division III Coaches' Top 25 polls, while senior guard Melissa Beyruti (Union City, N.J.) was named a D3hoops.com preseason first-team all-american.
The Cougars return four starters from the 2008-09 squad that finished with a 22-8 overall record and placed second in the NJAC South Division with an 11-2 conference mark.
A three-time all-NJAC selection, Beyruti (pictured right) was granted a medical hardship waiver for last season after missing most of the year with an injury. In 2007-08, Beyruti led the NJAC in both scoring (19.0) and three-point field goals made (108/3.4), as she ranked 28th in the nation in scoring and for the second straight year led the nation in three point field goals made.
Beyruti is the school's all-time leader in both scoring (1,606) and three-pointers made (305).
The Cougars also return a pair of 2008-09 NJAC all-conference selections in seniors Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) and Danielle Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.).
Jackman (pictured left) earned NJAC first-team and Women's Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention all-american honors a year ago after leading the team and ranking second in the NJAC in scoring (16.9 ppg). She also led the Coguars with 54 three-pointers made and ranked second on the team in assists (76) and was fourth in rebounding (4.8) and steals (51).
A year ago, Jackman scored in double figures in all but four games and became the 17th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. She enters her senior year ranked 15th in school history with 1,100 points.
Brown had a breakout junior campaign, as she averaged 9.2 points and 7.8 rebounds and ranked third in the conference in field goal percentage (.536). In her first season as a starter, she was the only player on the team to start all 30 games last season.
Also returning to the starting frontcourt is junior Tiffany Patrick (Piscataway, N.J.), who led the team in rebounding (9.0) and averaged double-figures (10.4) after missing the first four games of the season with an injury.
The Cougars also return another senior with starting experience in senior Alysha Taylor (Galloway, N.J.), who averaged 6.8 points and was second in three-pointers (44) after starting 28 games last season.
Under 12th year head coach Michele Sharp, the Cougars won back-to-back NJAC titles and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2006-07 and 2007-08 and seeks the program's 13th NJAC title.
The Cougars tip-off the 2009-10 schedule at Division I Rutgers University on Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. The Scarlet Knights are ranked 25th in the Associated Press Preseason Poll.
Centerville, Mass. (11/15/09) - For the third time in four years and the fifth time in school history, the Kean University football team has been invited to an Eastern College Athletic Conference Bowl Championship after finishing the regular season with an 8-2 overall record. The Cougars will host Ursinus College on Saturday, November 21st at noon in the Southeast Bowl Championship. In 2008, KU fell to Delaware Valley College, 16-7, in the South Atlantic Bowl Championship.
In 2006, the Cougars defeated King's College, 37-0, in the ECAC Southeast Bowl Championship to win just the second ECAC title in program history. The only other ECAC title for the Cougars was in 1994, when Kean defeated Frostburg State University, 41-7, to win the ECAC South Championship.
Kean also earned a bid to an ECAC bowl in 1987, where the Cougars fell to Franklin & Marshall, 21-0, in the program's first ever post-season appearance.
UNION, N.J. (11/11/09) - Catholic University junior Tory Gagliardi (Pilesgrove, N.J.) scored two goals to lead the sixth-seeded Cardinals to a 3-1 win over third-seeded Kean University in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Mid-Atlantic Region opening round on Wednesday evening. In a rematch of last year's ECAC championship game that the Cougars won 3-2 in overtime, Catholic avenges that loss by scoring the first three goals of the game and advances to face second-seeded Montclair State University on Saturday, November 14.
For the Cougars (11-5), sophomore Lauren Kusik (Randolph, N.J.) scored the team's lone goal off of a penalty stroke in the second half.
Catholic (12-6) got on the board with just over 10 minutes remaining in the opening half when sophomore Tracey Scanlon (North Wales, Pa.) directed a pass to Gagliardi, who scored the first goal with just over 10 minutes remaining in the half.
Gagliardi extended the lead to 2-0 before halftime less than five minutes later following a scramble in front of the cage.
The Cardinals built the three-goal lead, as junior Meredith Chandler (Tiburon, Calif.) knocked in the shot from sophomore Mary Swarthout (Rockville, Md.) in the 47th minute.
Less than two minutes later, Kusik trimmed the deficit to 3-1 after scoring on a penalty stroke.
Catholic held a 13-10 advantage in shots, while Kean had a 10-8 edge in penalty corners.
Junior Lauren Dobbs (Palmyra, N.J.) made six saves for the Cougars, while senior goalkeeper Marian Cassilly (Gambrills, Md.) stopped five shots for Catholic.
UNION, N.J. (10/24/09) - Sophomore quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) completed 18-of-26 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Kean University football team to a 43-6 victory over Morrisville State College in New Jersey Athletic Conference action in front of a rain-soaked Homecoming crowd on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars (6-1, 6-0 NJAC) remain undefeated in the NJAC, as they forced five turnovers and scored on their first three possessions. Morrisville State fell to 1-7 overall, 1-6 in the conference.
Today's win was also the 25th career coaching victory for Kean Head Coach Dan Garrett, tying the all-time wins record in school history. Under Garrett, the Cougars have posted three winning seasons in the last four years and the fourth straight non-losing season for the first time in school history.
Senior running back Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) eclipsed 3,000 yards rushing for his career after posting his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game.
Kean took a 13-0 lead less than two minutes into the game and would score 23 points in the opening quarter, as the Cougars took advantage of a pair of Mustang turnovers.
On the second play of the game, Chunn, who needed just 15 yards to become just the second player in program history to have at least 3,000 yards rushing, broke a 59-yard touchdown run to give the Cougars the 7-0 lead after the extra point just 32 seconds into the game.
Sophomore strong safety Jamahl Williams (Passaic, N.J.) picked off Morrisville on the first play of the ensuing drive for the Mustangs, giving the Cougars the ball on the Morrisville 28-yard line with his team-leading fourth interception of the year. Just three plays later, D'Ambrisi hit senior tight end Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.) with the 18-yard touchdown pass for the early 13-0 lead just 1:52 into the contest.
On the team's next possession, sophomore Billy Daniels (Ridgefield, N.J.) had a career-long 43-yard field goal, the fifth longest in school history, to extend the lead to 16-0 midway through the first quarter.
The Cougars closed out the scoring late in the quarter when junior cornerback Chris Lauda (Staten Island, N.Y.) intercepted the Mustang pass and returned the ball 33 yards for his fourth career interception return for a touchdown.
Morrisville got on the board with the first points of the second quarter to trim the Cougar lead to 23-6. On the scoring drive, sophomore quarterback Jamieson Crast (Mannsville, N.Y.) had a 61-yard completion to sophomore wide receiver Hodges Sneed (Syracuse, N.Y.), before completing the 26-yard touchdown reception to sophomore Maurice Mitchelson (Bronx, N.Y.).
Kean was forced to punt on the next possession and Morrisville moved the ball back into Cougar territory, before Lauda made his second interception of the day at the one-yard line to end the scoring threat.
D'Ambrisi completed 5-of-8 passes for 90 yards on the ensuing drive for the Cougars, and capped the 11-play drive with a five-yard TD pass to junior fullback Sean Atkins (Perth Amboy, N.J.) with just 48 seconds remaining in the half, extending the Cougar lead to 30-6 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Cougars capitalized on a pair of blocked punts to extend the lead. After a three-and-out to open the third quarter, the Mustangs were forced to punt from their territory and Atkins pushed a Mustang into the punt, sending the ball back towards the goal line, where junior Rick Brandt (Little Silver, N.J.) picked up the ball and scored to give the Cougars a 36-6 lead just over a minute into the half
Later in the quarter, sophomore linebacker Richard Esdaille (Neptune, N.J.) blocked a punt that sophomore Stephon Cooper (Plainfield, N.J.) recovered at the Morrisville 39-yard line. Two players later, D'Ambrisi connected with senior Derric Harris (Freehold, N.J.) for the 20-yard touchdown for the final points of the game.
Chunn finished with 13 carries for 115 yards and one touchdown, giving him exactly 3,100 career rushing yards and 25 career rushing touchdowns.
Harris had a game-high six receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown, while senior Chris Aquino (Somerville, N.J.) added six carries for 38 yards and had three receptions for 51 yards, as nine different Cougars had receptions.
Esdaille (pictured right) had four total tackles, including 2.5 sacks for a loss of 22 yards, a pair of blocked punts and one quarterback hurry. Senior linebacker Kyle Maher (Red Bank, N.J.) made seven stops and had a forced fumble, while senior Matt Donaghue (Old Bridge, N.J.) finished with seven tackles, including 2.0 for a five-yard loss, and had a pass break-up.
Lauda added two tackles and two interceptions returned for a combined 42 yards.
For Morrisville State, Crast completed 8-of-21 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown and added eight carries for 22 yards. Mitchelson added two receptions for 26 yards. Junior defensive back Tommy Moyon (Woodside, N.Y.) made seven tackles, including six solo stops, and sophomore linebacker Anthony Brown (Rochester, N.Y.) added seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss of four yards.
UNION, N.J. (10/24/09) - Richard Stockton College junior Shelley Gibney (Shamong, N.J.) scored the game-winner with just 43 seconds remaining in overtime to defeat host Kean University, 6-5, in New Jersey Athletic Conference women's soccer game on Saturday evening. In a game delayed more than two hours due to lightning and at times played in a downpour, there were three lead changes and three ties.
For Stockton (12-6-1, 5-3 NJAC), Gibney and junior Leah Pocoroba (Galloway, N.J.) each scored twice, while rookie Jaclyn Janicky (Brick, N.J.) had two goals for the Cougars (6-6-4, 3-3-2 NJAC).
After Richard Stockton opened with two straight goals, Kean answered with four goals to take a 4-2 lead just over five minutes into the second half. The Ospreys responded with three goals in a 15 minute span to regain the lead at 5-4, before the Cougars tied the game in the 73rd minute to force overtime.
During overtime, the Cougars had three shots and two corner kicks before Gibney took a pass from junior Amanda Altman (Beachwood, N.J.) and fired a shot across the goal from the left side for the game-winner.
After the lightning delay just eight minutes into the contest, Stockton scored two quick goals in a 48 second span in the first five minutes of resumed action, as Pocoroba netted both goals.
The Ospreys took the 1-0 lead when her first goal bounced over Kean goalkeeper Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) at 11:11 into the game. Stockton quickly regained possession and Pocoroba scored just less than a minute later off the assist from senior midfielder Melissa Scully (Gloucester Twp., N.J.) for the early 2-0 lead.
The Cougars answered with three straight goals to close out the first half to take a 3-2 lead at halftime. Junior Lara Kaminski (Rahway, N.J.) cut the deficit in half when she scored off a direct kick from 30-yards out at 20:55. Senior Jenna Godwin (Kingwood, N.J.) tied the game less than six minutes later, scoring off the double assist from rookie Carly Seidel (Winslow Twp., N.J.) and sophomore Danielle Esposito (Holmdel, N.J.).
Janicky would give the Cougars their first lead of the game just before the half ended, as she scored off a pass from Godwin to give Kean a 3-2 lead with 1:31 remaining in the opening half.
The Cougars would extend the lead to 4-2 on a header by Janicky just 5:19 into the second half following a Kean corner kick.
Stockton pulled back to within 4-3 when Scully headed in a goal of her own less than three minutes later. Gibney tied the game at 4-4 at 64:26 and Altman would give the Ospreys the 5-4 lead just four minutes.
Senior Nicolette Maggio (Tenafly, N.J.) would force overtime when she scored her first goal of the season in the 73rd minute.
The Cougars held a 24-14 advantage in shots and a slight 7-6 edge in corner kicks.
Russo stopped two shots for Kean, while rookie goalkeeper Maria Dorris (Mantua, N.J.) made seven saves for the Ospreys.
UNION, N.J. (10/21/09) - The Kean University men's soccer team battled in its seventh double overtime game of the season, tying host Eastern University, 2-2, in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon.Rookie Abner Denis (Curitiba, Brazil) erased a 1-0 deficit for the Cougars (6-7-4), as he netted the unassisted goal in the 28th minute to tie the game at the break.
In the second half, the Cougars would take a 2-1 lead on an unassisted goal by junior Adam Bajak (Clifton, N.J.) in the 60th minute. However, Eastern (6-8-1) tied the game when sophomore forward Braden Gross (Harrisburg, Pa.) scored off the assist from junior Phil Mantua (Laurel, Md.).
The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead just minutes into the game, as rookie Dan Shields (Middletown, Pa.) scored off a rebound.
Kean goalkeeper Brian Haines (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) made three saves for the Cougars, who held a 17-13 advantage in shots. Eastern led 10-5 in corner kicks.
UNION, N.J. (10/19/09) - Sophomore forward Danielle Esposito (Holmdel, N.J.) recorded six points in a 1-1 week for the Cougars in New Jersey Athletic Conference women's soccer action.Esposito scored a pair of goals in Kean's 4-0 win over Rutgers-Newark, as she extended the Cougar lead to 2-0 in the 73rd minute before closing out the scoring with her team-leading ninth goal in the 86th minute.
Earlier in the week, Esposito notched assist on both Cougar goals in a 3-2 loss to #10 Rowan. It was the first conference game the Profs have allowed two goals, as the Cougars jumped out to a 1-0 lead and would eventually tie the game up at again before Rowan took the 3-2 win.
NEWARK, N.J. (10/17/09) - The Kean University women's soccer team netted three second-half goals to pull away from host Rutgers-Newark, 4-0, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday evening.The Cougars (6-4-4, 3-2-2 NJAC) held a 25-5 edge in shots and a slight 2-1 advantage in corner kicks over the Scarlet Raiders
(6-9-1, 0-6-0 NJAC).
Kean scored three times in a 14 minute span late in the second half, as sophomore Danielle Esposito (Holmdel, N.J.) scored sandwiched goals around a loose ball putaway by junior forward Randi VIzoco (Erial, N.J.), as the Cougars broke open the contest.
Early in the game, senior midfielder Jenna Godwin (Kingwood, N.J.) scored the game-winner on a 25-yard blast off a back pass from the right of the box by junior forward Samantha Ciccone (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.) in the 13th minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kat Renteria (North Bergen, N.J.) made six saves for the Scarlet Raiders.
For Kean, junior Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) stopped one shot in each half to earn the shutout.
BROCKPORT, N.Y. (10/17/09) - The Kean University football team had more than 550 yards of total offense and scored 30 unanswered points in defeating host The College at Brockport, 40-22, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.Sophomore quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) combined for 327 yards and four touchdowns on offense, as he completed 18-of-29 passes for 277 yards and three TD passes and added three carries for 50 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown run.
The balanced offensive attack had five players with at least 47 yards receiving and three players with at least 50 yards rushing, led by senior running back Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.), who finished with 122 yards on 18 carries.
The Cougars (5-1, 5-0 NJAC) improve on their best start in school history in the conference, as they scored 30 straight points after trailing 14-10 in the second quarter to pull away for the win.
For the Golden Eagles (2-4, 1-4 NJAC), junior linebacker Nathan Bull (Brockport, N.Y.) finished with a game-high 14 tackles and added a forced fumble.
Trailing 14-10, the Cougars would score on five straight drives spanning the second and third quarters, including three straight possessions to open the second half.
Senior wide receiver Derric Harris (Freehold, N.J.) would give the Cougars the lead for good as the Cougars executed the two-minute drill with a four-yard scoring run to cap the nine-play, 80-yard drive with just 43 seconds left in the second half.
After the kickoff, the Cougars quickly forced a three-and-out, as Brockport had three straight incomplete passes and junior Sean Atkins (Perth Amboy, N.J.) would block and recover the ensuing punt, returning the ball to the Brockport 3-yard line with just 12 seconds remaining.
Kean attempted one play, before settling for the 25-yard field goal by sophomore Billy Daniels (Ridgefield, N.J.) to extend the lead to 20-14 at halftime.
In the second half, the Cougar offense continued to click as Atkins would get in on th e scoring with a pair of TD receptions and D'Ambrisi had his 42-yard touchdown run.
After the Cougar defense forced Brockport to punt after just three plays on the first possession of the second half, the offense would need just three plays of their own to extend the lead to 26-14, as Chunn opened the drive with a 36-yard run and a 7-yard run, to set-up the 26-yard touchdown pass from D'Ambrisi to Atkins on a scoring drive that lasted just 79 seconds.
On Kean's next possession, Chunn would again open the drive up with big runs, this time a 19-yard run and 8-yard run to give the Cougars the ball near midfield. Two plays later, D'Ambrisi broke a career-long 42-yard run to extend the lead to 33-14 after the Daniels extra point.
The Cougars would add one more score in the quarter, as D'Ambrisi would complete the 17-yard touchdown reception to Atkins for the 40-14 edge. On the five-play, 75-yard scoring drive, Chunn had a 43-yard run that gave the Cougars first-and-ten at the Brockport 18-yard line.
Brockport scored with less than three minutes remaining in the game and added the two-point conversion to close out the scoring.
In a back-and-forth first half, the Cougars got on the board first with a 30-yard field goal from Daniels with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter. Brockport answered with a minute remaining, as senior running back Aaron Zurn (Sidney, N.Y.) scored from two-yards out to cap a 12-play, 74-yard drive for the 7-3 lead after the extra point.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter, with the Cougars scoring on a 28-yard touchdown pass from D'Ambrisi to Harris and Brockport taking their final lead of the game at 14-10 when senior quarterback Jake Graci (Farnham, N.Y.) connected with senior wide receiver Matt Newman (Unadilla, N.Y.) on a 62-yard touchdown pass.
For the Cougars, senior running back Chris Aquino (Somerville, N.J.) had 10 carries for 93 yards and three receptions for 47 yards, while Atkins finished with three receptions for 52 yards. Senior Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.) had six receptions for 79 yards and junior Matt Puorro (Point Pleasant, N.J.) added four catches for 51 yards.
Defensively, sophomore Jamahl Williams (Passaic, N.J.) had a team-high 11 tackles and junior Chris Lauda (Staten Island, N.Y.) intercepted his first pass of the season. Senior linebacker Kyle Maher (Red Bank, N.J.) and sophomore defensive back Mike Mancini (Lacey Twp., N.J.) each had seven tackles.
For Brockport, Graci completed 14-of-29 passes for 167 yards, while senior wide receiver Felipe Diaz (Farnham, N.Y.) caught nine of those completions for 77 yards. Junior defensive lineman Chris Koehler (Hornell, N.Y.) made six tackles, including three for a loss of 12 yards.
UNION, N.J. (10/10/09) - The Kean University football team scored 17 points in the second quarter en-route to defeating Buffalo State College, 37-0, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.The Cougars (4-1, 4-0 NJAC) recorded nine tackles for a loss of 37 yards in posting a shutout for the first time in a conference game since 1995, while the 4-0 start in NJAC play is a first in school history.
Senior running back Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) carried the ball 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, as the Cougar offense rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore linebacker Richard Esdaile (Neptune, N.J.) finished with eight tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 19 yards and two forced fumbles.
For Buffalo State (1-4 overall, 1-3 NJAC), rookie Eddie Weiser (Grand Island, N.Y.) finished with a team-high seven tackles, while junior Eric France (Bronx, N.Y.) had six tackles and an interception.
Kean scored the only points of the first quarter on a two-yard rushing touchdown by senior Derric Harris (Freehold, N.J.), capping the 10-play, 84-yard drive with 3:16 remaining in the opening period. On the drive, junior Matt Puorro (Point Pleasant, N.J.) had a 23-yard reception and Chunn had four rushes for 24 yards, before Harris gave Kean the 7-0 lead following the extra point by sophomore Billy Daniels (Ridgewood, N.J.).
In the second quarter, the Cougars scored on 3-of-4 possessions, including their first two drives of the period to extend the lead to 24-0 at halftime.
On the first drive of the second quarter, Daniels capped an eight-play, 64-yard drive with a 38-yard field goal to push the lead out to 10-0 with 9:37 to go.
The Cougars forced their first turnover of the game on the Bengals' next series, as Esdaile recovered the fumble at the Buffalo State 44-yard line when the ball came out of the hands of Buffalo State quarterback Kenny Murphy (Lancaster, N.Y.) as he dropped back to pass.
On the ensuing drive, a 30-yard completion from sophomore quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) to senior tight end Alex Cade (Absegami, N.J.) set up the touchdown run for Chunn, who recovered his own fumble to take it in the final six yards one play later for the 17-0 lead.
The Cougars added one more touchdown in the quarter, when rookie defensive back Justin McLendon (South Brunswick, N.J.) had his third interception of the year deep in Buffalo State territory to set things up. Four plays later, D'Ambrisi hit a wide-open Sean Atkins (Perth Amboy, N.J.) in the end zone for the 24-0 lead at the break.
Chunn scored on Kean's first drive of the third quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run and senior Jason Liberti (Marlton, N.J.) followed up a 19-yard carry with a seven-yard scoring run for the final points of the game in the fourth quarter.
D'Ambrisi finished 8-of-14 for 141 yards and one touchdown, as Cade caught three passes for 66 yards and Puorro added a pair of receptions for 35 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Bekim Bujari (Secaucus, N.J.) made a game-high 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss of 12 yards and had a sack for a six-yard loss.
Buffalo State freshman running back Gibran Johnson (Buffalo, N.Y.) had eight carries for 67 yards. Murphy completed 7-of-11 passes for 81 yards before leaving with an injury, while freshman Ryan Lehotsky (North Royalton, Ohio) was 5-of-12 for 73 yards in relief.
Union, N.J. (10/13/09) - Sophomore Richard Esdaile (Neptune, N.J.) has been tabbed as the Kean Athlete of the Week following Kean's 37-0 win over Buffalo State
this weekend.Esdaile made eight tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 19 yards. He also had a pair of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in Kean's fourth win of the season.
Esdaile leads the team with 8.5 tackles for a loss and is second in total tackles with 28.
Pitman, N.J. (10/13/09) - Freshman Lauren Petrucelli (Wood-Ridge, N.J.) has been selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Week as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.Petrucelli earns NJAC Rookie of the Week honors after posting 3-0 records in both singles and doubles play during three victories for the Cougars. She opened the week with a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles while teaming with Lisette LaForge for an 8-0 win at first doubles in Kean's 8-1 victory over St. Elizabeth. She then produced a 6-0, 6-0 win at second singles while teaming with LaForge for an 8-5 win at first doubles during the Cougars' 5-4 non-conference road win at Staten Island. She wrapped up the week with a 6-0, 6-1 win at second singles while teaming with LaForge for an 8-1 win at first doubles in an 8-1 NJAC road win at William Paterson for Kean's first conference victory of the season.
Petrucelli has registered an overall mark of 8-2 in second singles play on the season.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (10/10/09) - Sophomore Tara Richey (Bayonne, N.J.) recorded a match-high 14 kills and added four service aces to lead the Kean University volleyball team to a 3-1 win over host College of Staten Island in non-conference action. The Cougars (11-6) split the first two sets with the Dolphins (6-12), before closing out the four-set victory (25-17, 26-28, 25-20, 25-7).
In the win, sophomore Yesenia Velasquez (North Arlington, N.J.) finished with a match-high seven service aces, 12 assists and 12 digs, while junior Nicole Bolash (Clinton, N.J.) added eight kills and 11 digs.
Junior Colleen Masterson (Rahway, N.J.) dished out 17 assists and had six digs.
Staten Island, N.Y. (10/8/09) - The Kean University women's tennis team made the short trip across the bridge and edged host the College of Staten Island, 5-4, Thursday afternoon in non-conference action.Playing short-handed, the Cougars were forced to forfeit both third doubles and sixth singles, giving the Dolphins a 2-0 lead before competition even started. After trading doubles matches, Kean had to buckle down in singles competition to come up with the win. Kean was successful picking up four wins in first, second, fourth and fifth singles competition. Junior Lisette LaForge (Roselle Park, N.J.) earned wins in first singles and first doubles paired with freshman Lauren Petrucelli (Wood-Ridge, N.J.). Petrucelli was also victorious in second singles with 6-0, 6-0 scores.
1. Lisette LaForge (KEAN) def. Taylor Moran (CSI) 6-0, 6-2
2. Lauren Petrucelli (KEAN) def. Fabiana Iannuzzi (CSI) 6-0, 6-0
3. Qing Li (CSI) def. Alleyna Alleyne (KEAN) 6-3, 6-4
4. Jessica Oquendo (KEAN) def. Justine Kuna (CSI) 6-0, 6-0
5. Annie Ramos (KEAN) def. Tara Colao (CSI) 6-0, 6-1
6. Nancy Almazo (CSI) def. No Player (KEAN), by default
1. Lisette LaForge/Lauren Petrucelli (KEAN) def. Gabriella Villarruel/Fabiana Iannuzzi (CSI) 8-4
2. Qing Li/Nancy Almazo (CSI) def. Alleyna Alleyne/Jessica Oquendo (KEAN) 8-5
3. Taylor Moran/Tara Colao (CSI) def. Annie Ramos/No Player (KEAN), by default
Pitman, N.J. (10/5/09) - Freshman Michael Custidiano (Hawthorne, N.J.) has been selected as the NJAC Rookie of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday.Custidiano becomes the second different Cougar to earn NJAC Rookie of the Week honors after posting four points in a 1-1 week of conference play for Kean. After not scoring in a 2-0 NJAC road loss at Montclair State, he notched a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Kean's 2-1 NJAC overtime road win at William Paterson. After scoring the game-tying goal to send the match into overtime, he netted the game-winner early in the second overtime period for the Cougars first conference victory of the season.
Custidiano currently ranks tied for sixth in the NJAC in game-winning goals with two on the season.
UNION, N.J. (10/3/09) - Sophomore Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) netted all three goals in leading the Kean University field hockey team to a 3-1 victory over Ramapo College in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.The Cougars (9-1, 2-0 NJAC) won their fifth straight game, while Ramapo fell to 3-6 overall, 0-1 in the conference.
Triano, who recorded her second career hat trick, opened the scoring in the 20th minute with an unassisted goal for the 1-0 lead.
Less than 10 minutes later, she scored what would prove to be the game-winner following a penalty corner. Junior Erica Kelly (West Deptford, N.J.) initiated the corner to Triano, who fired the shot from the top of the circle into the back of the cage for the 2-0 lead with 7:31 remaining in the first half.
The Roadrunners trimmed the lead in half with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game when freshman Samantha Gardner (Frankfort, N.J.) scored off the assist from sophomore Jayne Manigrasso (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.).
Triano answered with the insurance goal five minutes later, dribbling through the Ramapo defense to just in front of the cage for the 3-1 lead with less than five minutes to go.
Kean held a slight 13-10 advantage in shots, while both teams had eight penalty corners apiece.
In goal, junior Lauren Dobbs (Palmyra, N.J.) made one save in the victory, while Ramapo senior Megan Tierney (Wayne, N.J.) stopped five shots.
Union, N.J. (10/5/09) - The Kean University tennis team picked up their fourth win of the season as the Cougars defeated visiting College of St. Elizabeth, 8-1, Monday afternoon at the Alumni Stadium Tennis Courts.The win brings Kean back to the .500 mark, now at 4-4 overall.
The Cougars were victorious in all matches except sixth singles, with a forfeited match.
1. Lisette LaForge (KEAN) def. Shanah Orie (CSE) 3-6, 6-2, 10-8
2. Lauren Petrucelli (KEAN) def. Lisa Giambrone (CSE) 6-0, 6-1
3. Alleyna Alleyne (KEAN) def. Kim Christel (CSE) 6-3, 6-1
4. Miriam Penafiel (KEAN) def. Amelia Joseph (CSE) 6-4, 6-3
5. Annie Ramos (KEAN) def. Yanick Pepe (CSE) 6-0, 6-2
6. Varvara Romanenco (CSE) def. Jessica Oquendo (KEAN), by forfeit
1. Lisette LaForge/Lauren Petrucelli (KEAN) def. Shanah Orie/Lisa Giambrone (CSE) 8-0
2. Alleyna Alleyne/Miriam Penafiel (KEAN) def. Amelia Joseph/Kim Christel (CSE) 8-5
3. Annie Ramos/Jessica Oquendo (KEAN) def. Yanick Pepe/Varvara Romanenco (CSE) 8-2
Pitman, N.J. (10/4/09) - Senior Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) earns NJAC Offensive Player of the Week and D3football.com Team of the Week honors after his 210 yard performance on Friday evening.Chunn led the Cougars to a 28-7 NJAC victory over previously unbeaten TCNJ on Friday night. In the win, he rushed 22 times for a season-high 210 yards and two touchdowns (62 and 36 yards apiece). His 210-yard rushing performance marked the 10th highest single game total in program history, while representing the fourth time in his career that he has garnered 200 or more yards rushing in a game. The 2008 NJAC Offensive Player of the Year, he also added two receptions for 14 yards in the victory.
Chunn currently ranks second in the NJAC in rushing with an average of 84.5 yards per game.
NEWARK, N.J. (10/6/09) - Sophomore Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) had a match-high 14 kills, however the Kean University volleyball team fell to Rutgers-Newark, 3-1, in New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Tuesday evening.The Scarlet Raiders posted scores of 25-22, 15-25, 25-20, 28-26.
Rookie Rachel Witt (Basking Ridge, N.J.) had a double-double with 19 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore Toni Moppert (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) finished with nine kills, 14 digs and two aces.
For the Cougars, sophomore Tara Richey (Bayonne, N.J.) chipped in with nine kills and three solo blocks.
The Cougars travel to College of Staten Island on Saturday, October 10, for a match at 4:30 p.m.