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UNION, N.J. (10/7/09) - The Kean University women's soccer team scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart late in the opening half en-route to defeating Wilkes University, 3-0, in non-conference action on Wednesday evening.Sophomore Danielle Esposito (Holmdel, N.J.) netted the game-winner for the Cougars (5-3-4), who have a five-game unbeaten streak. Wilkes goalkeeper Brooke Keister (Penns Creek, Pa.) made seven saves for the visiting Lady Colonels (4-5-2).
With less than eight minutes remaining, Esposito gave the Cougars the 1-0 lead after scoring off the assist from senior Jenna Godwin (Kingwood, N.J.). Just 41 seconds later, rookie Carly Seidel (Winslow Twp., N.J.) took a pass from freshman Kristen Hager (Spotswood, N.J.) for the 2-0 advantage heading into the break.
In the second half, junior Samantha Ciccone (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.) netted the insurance goal with just 7:20 remaining in the game.
The Cougars held a 19-2 advantage in shots and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
Kean returns to action on Wednesday, October 14, when the Cougars travel to Glassboro, N.J., for a New Jersey Athletic Conference match-up against host Rowan University.
UNION, N.J. (10/2/09) - For the second straight season, senior running back Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) rushed for more than 200 yards against The College of New Jersey, finishing with 210 yards and two touchdowns as the Kean University football team shut down TCNJ, 28-7, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference match-up on Friday evening. Kean amassed 424 yards of total offense and held the nation's leader in scoring offense to just one touchdown and 58 yards rushing in the game. TCNJ, who scored a school-record 67 points a week ago against Morrisville State College, averaged 57.3 points per game coming into the game and also ranked 2nd in the nation in total offense (538.33 yards per game) and 12th in rushing offense (271.33 yards per game) entering the game.
Chunn, who ran for 201 yards a year ago against TCNJ, carried the ball 22 times and averaged 9.5 yards a carry to lead a Cougar rushing attack that had 307 yards on 40 carries to average 7.7 yards a rush. Through the air, sophomore quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) finished 9-of-13 for 117 yards and one touchdown pass.
Defensively, the Cougars forced three turnovers and had seven tackles for a loss of 42 yards, including three sacks for a loss of 27 yards.
For TCNJ, senior quarterback Chris James (Brick, N.J.) was 24-of-41 for 234 yards and one touchdown.
Kean also unveiled its new integrated scoring and video system in Alumni Stadium, featuring a new Daktronics scoreboard measuring approximately 36 feet wide and 28 feet high with a video display of nearly 19 feet by 11 feet.
After a scoreless opening quarter, the Cougars were the first to put points on the new scoreboard, when Chunn somehow managed to stay on his feet, escaping a host of Lion tacklers and breaking free for the 62 yard touchdown run and the 7-0 lead with 10:49 to go in the second quarter after the extra point by Billy Daniels (Ridgefield, N.J.).
TCNJ answered back on their next drive, as James completed 4-of-5 passes, including a five-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Colin Weber (Scotch Plains, N.J.) that would tie the game after the extra point by senior Marc Zucconi (Marlton, N.J.) just 1:47 later. On the seven play drive, senior wide receiver Erick Hendrickson (Belvidere, N.J.) opened the series with a 39-yard reception to move the Lions into Kean territory.
On TCNJ's next drive, Kean junior cornerback Andre Dozier (Newark, N.J.) intercepted the James pass at the TCNJ 30-yard line to set-up the go-ahead scoring drive. On the first play, Chunn had a 14-yard run to move the ball down to the 16-yard line. After a fumbled snap pushed the Cougars back five yards, D'Ambrisi completed a diving touchdown catch to junior wide receiver Matt Puorro (Point Pleasant, N.J.) (pictured left) with 3:55 remaining in the half and a 14-7 lead at the break.
In the opening half, TCNJ had three drives end in Kean territory, as the Lions were 1-of-4 on fourth down conversions. On their first drive of the game, the Lions moved the ball down to the Kean 10-yard line before the Cougar defense held TCNJ on fourth-and-two.
The Lions' next drive saw TCNJ go for it on fourth and goal at the one-yard line, however a low snap was fumbled and James recovered the ball back at the 25-yard line after a scramble, turning the ball over to the Cougars on downs. The final drive of the half for TCNJ ended on an incomplete pass on fourth-and-four at the Kean 28-yard line.
The Cougars forced another turnover on the opening drive of the second half, when James was sacked for a 14-yard loss by senior defensive end Matt Donaghue (Old Bridge, N.J.) and fumbled the ball that was recovered by Kean's Darnell Butler (Rahway, N.J.) back in TCNJ territory.
The play helped set up another Cougar score, as Chunn raced 36 yards for the touchdown on the second play of the ensuing drive.
The two teams forced turnovers on each others' next possession and the Lions tried to pin Kean back against the goal-line when the Zucconi punt was downed at the two-yard line with just over five minutes remaining in the quarter.
The ensuing Kean drive however, ate nearly half a quarter of time off the clock, as the Cougars marched 98-yards and senior Derric Harris (Freehold, N.J.) capped the 13-play drive that spanned 7:25 of the final two quarters with a 13-yard touchdown run that put Kean ahead by three touchdowns at 28-7 with 12:05 remaining.
A pair of Cougar penalties helped keep the next TCNJ drive alive, as the Lions moved the ball to the Kean 13-yard line. However, an illegal shift by the Lions and a pair of incomplete passes ended the drive and turned the ball back over to the Cougars with 7:28 remaining.
The Cougars kept the clock moving on their final drive of the game, using up 6:16 as the ball stayed on the ground for all 11 plays with Chunn and senior Chris Aquino (Somerville, N.J.) combining for 73 of the 82 yards before turning the ball back over to the Lions on downs with just 72 seconds remaining in the game.
It was the Cougars' third straight win over TCNJ and the first time since 1995 that Kean has started 3-0 in the NJAC.
Aquino finished with nine carries for 60 yards, while D'Ambrisi added 30 yards rushing on four carries.
Senior linebacker Kyle Maher (Red Bank, N.J.) made a team-high eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss of eight yards, while Donaghue had six tackles, 1.5 sacks for a 17 yard loss , 2.5 tackles for a loss of 22 yards, and one forced fumble. Nose tackle Darryl Jackson (Red Bank, N.J.) made six tackles, including a sack, and had one pass break-up.
For TCNJ, Weber had a game-high seven receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown. Linebacker Joseph Spahn (Burlington, N.J.) and junior defensive back Matthew Kreider (Delran, N.J.) made a game-high 11 tackles apiece, including nine solo stops each.
The Cougars host Buffalo State College in NJAC action next Saturday, October 10, at 1 p.m.
UNION, N.J. (10/3/09) - The Kean University volleyball team concluded action at its own Kean Invitational, finishing the weekend a perfect 4-0 after defeating Brooklyn College (25-9, 25-11, 25-11) and Lehman College (25-19, 26-24, 25-18) on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) led the Cougars with a combined 17 kills in the two matches, while rookie Katie Schuh (Mount Holly, N.J.) had 10 kills, seven digs and five service aces.
Also in the wins, sophomore Yesenia Velasquez (North Arlington, N.J.) recorded team-highs with 41 assists, 16 digs and nine service aces.
The Cougars return to New Jersey Athletic Conference action on Tuesday, October 6, when they travel to Rutgers-Newark for a match at 7 p.m.
Wayne, N.J. (10/3/09). - Freshman Michael Custidiano (Hawthorne, N.J.) scored twice, including the game winner 23 seconds into the second overtime period, as the Kean University men's soccer team earned a 2-1 victory over host William Paterson University Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers (5-2-4, 0-1-3 NJAC) fired offensively early against Cougar goalkeeper Alfredo Oquendo (North Plainfield, N.J.). Just two minutes in, senior Jonathan Donado (Wayne, N.J.) played a ball from the midfield to a streaking Ambrogio Pipitone (Paramus, N.J.), who was knocked down in the box by Oquendo. Junior Julian Valerio (Manalapan, N.J.) stepped up and drilled the penalty kick to the lower-left corner, making it a 1-0 score just 1:56 into the first half.
Pipitone nearly added to the Pioneers' lead 90 seconds into the second period, but Oquendo was able to make the save, and a point-blank shot by freshman Michael Encarnacion (Franklin, N.J.) was turned away in the 60th minute.
Kean (5-5-2, 1-3-1 NJAC) knotted the score with 18:37 remaining when Robby Sopko (Lake Como, N.J.) sent a cross from near the left corner flag across the frame and Custidiano got his head on it. The ball skipped off Dan Peragallo's (North Brunswick, N.J.)glove and ricocheted off the right post and into the net, making it a 1-1 contest.
Neither team had a quality chance during the first overtime, but the Cougars raced down the field to start the second session, and Custidiano's cross from the right flank bounced off the shoulder of a William Paterson defender and straight back across the goal line for the game winner.
In goal, Oquendo had five stops for Kean while Peragallo made six saves for the Pioneers.
Oswego, N.Y. (9/26/09) - Sophomore Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) scored the game-winner just 17 seconds into the action as the Kean University field hockey team defeated host Oswego State, 3-0, on a windy Saturday afternoon. Kean improved to 7-1 overall while Oswego State dropped to 2-5.
The Cougars took the lead 17 seconds into the contest when Triano brought the ball down the field after the first play of the game was initiated. She slapped the ball past Laker goalkeeper Jamie Scharfe (Webster, N.Y.) to put KU ahead, 1-0.
Oswego State withstood the initial wave of pressure from the Cougars as Kimm Hiffa (Holland Patent, N.Y.) and Keiley Cirillo (Gloversville, N.Y.) made defensive saves before the game's momentum turned in favor of the Lakers. Keeper Lauren Dobbs (Palmyra, N.J.) came up with several big stops in the first half, including a diving save on a penalty stroke at the 15:40 mark, to keep the score 1-0 at halftime. Oswego State held a 10-4 shots advantage over the Cougars at the intermission.
The Cougars started the second half as they did in the first half by maintaining control of the ball in their offensive zone. Amie Hoch (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.) gave the Cougars breathing room when she took a shot that found the back of the net as Scharfe was screened on the play in the 46th minute. After a penalty corner minutes later, Kean took a three goal lead as Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) dribbled through the defense in front of the net for the score. The Cougars took 11 penalty corners during the frame compared to just one for the Lakers.
Dobbs stopped all eight shots she faced as she recorded her third shutout of the season.
Kean travels to SUNY New Paltz on Tuesday, September 29th for their next matchup.
Union, N.J. (9/26/09) - The Kean University women's tennis team picked up their second straight win as they defeated visiting Brooklyn College, 7-2, Saturday afternoon at the Alumni Stadium Tennis Courts. Freshman Lauren Petrucelli (Wood-Ridge, N.J.) (pictured right) led the way with two wins. She won 6-4, 6-0 in second singles and paired with junior Lisette LaForge (Roselle Park, N.J.) in first doubles as they won 8-2. Junior Alleyna Alleyne (Jackson, N.J.) was victorious at third singles by scores of 6-3, 6-3 and teamed with Miriam Penafiel (Newark, N.J.) to win at second doubles, 8-6.
CORTLAND, N.Y. (9/26/09) - Kean University scored on three straight possessions in the first half en-route to upsetting #7/8 SUNY Cortland, 24-10, while also defeating the Red Dragons for the first time in program history in a key New Jersey Athletic Conference game on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars (2-1, 2-0 NJAC) snapped a pair of Cortland winning streaks, first defeating the Red Dragons for the first time in 14 games, while also snapping Cortland's 12 game NJAC winning streak.
Sophomore quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) had exactly 200 total yards of total offense and contributed to all three Cougar touchdowns, as he paced a Cougar running attack that had three rushers with at least 50 yards apiece. The sophomore finished with a team-high 64 yards and two rushing touchdowns, while connecting on 14-of-21 passes for 136 yards, including his first 10 pass attempts.
Senior Jared Chunn (Tinton Falls, N.J.) carried the ball 12 times for 59 yards, while senior running back Chris Aquino (Somerville, N.J.) finished with 55 yards rushing on just seven carries.
Defensively, the Cougars limited Cortland (2-1, 2-1 NJAC) to just 68 yards rushing, while making three interceptions on junior quarterback Hudson Woodward (Beacon, N.Y.), who was making his first career start. Woodward finished 20-of-39 for 183 yards and one touchdown.
Kean caught a break on Cortland's opening drive after what appeared to be a 53-yard touchdown run was brought back on a pair of Red Dragon penalties. The Red Dragons would then capitalize on a Cougar mistake of their own, when the ensuing punt was fumbled and Cortland recovered at the Kean 14-yard line.
The Cougar defense held the Red Dragons to just a field goal three plays later and then answered with a 40-yard field goal by sophomore Billy Daniels (Ridgewood, N.J.) on the team's next drive to tie the game at 3-3 with 6:20 remaining in the first quarter.
After the Cougars forced Cortland to punt on their next possession, Kean marched back down the field, as D'Ambrisi completed all four of his pass attempts, including a 16-yard pass completion in the endzone to junior wide receiver Matt Puorro (Point Pleasant, N.J.) for the touchdown and a 10-3 lead following the extra point by Daniels.
Cortland responded with a nine-play, 72-yard drive to tie the game, as Woodward connected with junior tight end Brian Haber (Northport, N.Y.) on a pair of key receptions. A 35-yard completion to the sideline set up first and ten at the Kean 20-yard line and six plays later, the seven-yard touchdown reception on third and goal tied the game at 10-10 with 7:45 remaining in the half.
On the ensuing Kean drive, D'Ambrisi completed 3-of-3 passes for 47 yards and went the final three yards of the drive on his own, as he scored the go-ahead touchdown to give the Cougars the lead for good with a 17-10 advantage with 3:30 to go in the half.
Each team had another opportunity to score before the break, as the Cougars thwarted a Cortland drive when sophomore Mike Mancini (Lacey Township, N.J.) intercepted the Woodward pass at the Kean 21-yard line and returned the ball 55-yards to the Cortland 24-yard line with just 65 seconds remaining in the half.
The Cougars were unable to capitalize with the short field position however, as back-to-back penalties pushed Kean back near midfield and the Cougars went into the break with the 17-10 lead.
In the third quarter, the Cougar defense set up the only score of the second half when rookie Justin McClendon (South Brunswick, N.J.) intercepted the Woodward pass at the Kean 35-yard line and handed the ball off to Lauda, who returned the ball 26 yards back into Cortland territory.
On the subsequent scoring drive, Chunn had a key 12-yard rush on third-and-11, giving the Cougars first down at the Cortland 15-yard line. After a pass interference call in the endzone set-up first-and-goal at the two-yard line, D'Ambrisi took the ball in on the quarterback draw for the 24-10 lead after the extra point by Daniels.
Cortland had several opportunities in the final quarter, however the Red Dragons turned the ball over on downs on the first two possession.
After pinning the Cougars against their goal line with their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Red Dragons opened their next possession at the Kean 35-yard line. On the first play of the drive, junior running back Cory Russell (La Fayette, N.Y.) rushed for 18-yards and the Red Dragons would eventually get inside the 10-yard line, however Cortland would turn the ball over on downs when the fourth-down pass attempt was deflected at the line of scrimmage.
The Red Dragons would have two more possessions in the final quarter, however the Cougars would again force the Red Dragons to turn the ball over on downs and sophomore Jamahl Williams (Passaic, N.J.) had his third interception in as many games this season to seal the victory, as the Cougars were then able to run out the clock.
Senior nose tackle Darryl Jackson (Red Bank, N.J.) led Kean with eight tackles, while junior Victor D'Arrigo (Staten Island, N.Y.) had six solo stops, including a sack for a loss of nine yards. The Cougars, who had seven players make at least five tackles, had six tackles for a loss of 33 yards on the afternoon.
Cortland receivers Eric Hajnos (Grand Island, N.Y.) and Anthony Giuliano (Thornwood, N.Y.) led all receivers with five catches apiece, while Wayne Wheeler (Memphis, N.Y.) had a game-high 64 receiving yards.
Senior punter, Kyle Peterson (Montrose, N.Y.) continues to have a solid season as he averaged 40.8 yards on five punts. Peterson entered the game third nationally in Division III with 43.5 yards per punt.
After two straight games on the road, the Cougars return home on Friday, October 2, when they host The College of New Jersey in NJAC action. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
Camden, N.J. (9/26/09) - Senior Jenna Godwin (Kingswood, N.J.) notched the game-winner for the Kean's women's soccer team as the Cougars defeated host Rutgers-Camden, 1-0, Saturday evening at a rainy Camden Community Park. With the win the Cougars are now 4-3-2 overall and 2-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). Rutgers-Camden falls to 3-6-1 and 0-2-1 in conference action.
The Cougars scored the game's only goal following a corner kick, when Godwin picked up a loose ball from inside the box and struck a high shot over Rutgers-Camden junior goalie Vanessa Maia (Union, N.J.) and under the crossbar. It was her second goal of the season and first game-winning tally.
Kean out-shot the Lady Raptors, 22-4, and held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Junior keeper Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) needed to make only one save to record her third shutout of the season. Maia made six saves in the opening half for the Raptors, while senior Jessica Leoni (Blackwood, N.J.) played goalie in the second half and made five saves.
DANBURY, Conn. (9/19/09) - Sophomore quarterback Thomas D'Ambrisi (Eatontown, N.J.) completed 15-of-26 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns, as the Kean University football team won its New Jersey Athletic Conference opener over Western Connecticut State University, 31-24, at the Westside Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon. Senior tight end Alex Cade (Galloway, N.J.) had six receptions for a career-best 126 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars (1-1, 1-0 NJAC), while sophomore Jamahl Williams (Passaic, N.J.) led the defense with eight tackles and his second interception in as many games this season.
The Cougars opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when D'Ambrisi found junior Matt Puorro (Point Pleasant, N.J.) from 22 yards out and the extra point by sophomore Billy Daniels (Ridgefield, N.J.) put Kean up 7-0.
Just 26 seconds later, after the Cougar defense forced WestConn (0-2, 0-1 NJAC) into a three and out, Kean took the two touchdown lead when senior Chris Aquino (Somerville, N.J.) blocked the punt in the endzone and recovered the ball for the touchdown and a 14-0 lead after the extra point conversion by Daniels.
WestConn trimmed the lead in half in the final minute of the first quarter, as junior tailback Wayne Neal (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) scored on a four-yard run to cap an 11-play, 69-yard drive with just 42 seconds remaining.
D'Ambrisi connected with Cade on back-to-back 17-yard touchdowns, the second of which came on the first play of the third quarter and gave the Cougars a 28-10 lead after a Williams 68-yard kickoff return put the Cougars in excellent field position at the WestConn 17-yard line.
With less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Neal scored on a two-yard run and the Colonial extra point would pull WestConn to within 28-17.
A Daniels' 40-yard field goal halfway through the final quarter extended the Cougar lead back to two touchdowns at 31-17, before WestConn senior quarterback James Williams (Wolcott, Conn.) scrambled in from eight yards out with just over four minutes left to put the final score at 31-24.
WestConn had one final drive starting at its own 43-yard line with 91 seconds remaining, and Williams completed four of his next passes, the last of which gave the Colonials a first-and-goal at the Kean six-yard line. Two plays later, Kean junior linebacker Victor D'Arrigo (Staten Island, N.Y.) sacked Williams for a 13-yard loss to push the Colonials back and help seal the Cougars' first victory of the season.
Williams completed 20-of-35 passes for 182 yards, while freshman Tyler DeRosa (Miller Place, N.Y.) led the ground attack with seven carries for 29 yards for WestConn. Steve Griffin (Old Tappan, N.J.) led the WestConn receivers with seven receptions for 55 yards.
Junior defensive back Chris Lauda (Staten Island, N.Y.) finished with six solo tackles and three pass breakups, while sophomore Richard Esdaille (Neptune, N.J.) finished with seven tackles, including a sack for a loss of 10 yards.
PURCHASE, N.Y. (9/16/09) - The Kean University field hockey team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 4-0 shutout of host Manhattanville College on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Lauren Kusik (Randolph, N.J.) had a goal and an assist to lead the Cougars (5-1), who held a 17-4 edge in shots over the Valiants (2-4).
Kusik opened the scoring early in the game, when she scored on a penalty stroke just 5:12 into the contest for the only goal of the first half.
The Cougars extended the lead early in the second half on another penalty stroke, this time as junior Kelly Mataya (Woodland Park, N.J.) converted the opportunity for the 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the second half.
With less than 10 minutes remaining in the contest, the Cougars tacked on two more insurance goals.
Junior Amie Hoch (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.) scored off the assist from Kusik with just 7:59 remaining, before sophomore Nicole Torre (Toms River, N.J.) netted the goal off the pass from classmate Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) with less than three minutes remaining.
Union, N.J. (9/19/09) - Sophomore Jamie Sacco (Park Ridge, N.J.) had a combined 16 kills as well as 10 digs to help lead the Kean University women's volleyball team as they defeated John Jay College, 3-1, and Purchase College, 3-0, Saturday afternoon in tri-match action. In the first match, the Cougars (5-2) defeated John Jay by scores of 25-13, 23-25, 25-14, 25-14 in the nightcap KU defeated Purchase by scores of 25-22, 25-21, 25-9. In the neutral matchup, Purchase defeated John Jay, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-16).
In this afternoon's action, junior Colleen Masterson (Rahway, N.J.) tallied 43 assists, 15 digs as well as five service aces. Sophomore Nicole Bolash (Clinton, N.J.) recorded a team-high 24 digs to go along with nine kills and four aces, while rookie Katie Schuh (Mount Holly, N.J.) added nine kills, five aces and 13 digs.
Union, N.J. (9/19/09) - Junior Briann McDonough (North Arlington, N.J.) netted the game-winner in the 86th minute as #8 The College of New Jersey edged Kean University, 1-0, Saturday evening at Kean Alumni Stadium. Although TCNJ (7-0, 1-0 NJAC) held a decisive advantage in shots (25-6) and corner opportunities (12-1), the match remained scoreless until 86:25 as freshman Allyson Anderson (Point Pleasant, N.J.) fired a shot high near the crossbar. Junior keeper Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) batted the ball down where McDonough collected and slipped a shot past the Kean defenders.
Russo recorded 13 saves in the loss while senior Jessica Clarke (Wayne, N.J.) tallied four in the shutout win.
Pomona, N.J. (9/19/09) - Richard Stockton College defeated the Kean University women's tennis team, 8-1, Saturday afternoon in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action. Sophomore Jessica Oquendo (North Bergen, N.J.) (pictured right) picked up Kean's (0-3, 0-2 NJAC) lone point in the sixth singles match, defeating her opponent, 7-6 & 6-0.
Ewing, N.J. (9/19/09) - The College of New Jersey's Anthony Staropoli headed the ball off a corner in double-overtime to secure the 2-1 win for the Lions' over Kean in NJAC action on Saturday afternoon. Kean (4-3-1, 0-1 NJAC) scored the match's first goal in the 20th minute as freshman Guilherme Argollo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) off a pass from teammate Tiago Goetzke (Curitiba, Brazil) to gain an early 1-0 lead.
But the Lions clawed their way back and tied things up with just over five minutes to go in regulation thanks to an Ed Kozic (Raritan, N.J.) second effort attempt.
Junior Alfredo Oquendo (North Plainfield, N.J.) made seven saves in net for the Cougars in the loss.
Union, N.J. (9/6/09) - Sophomore Danielle Esposito (Holmdel, N.J.) tied things up early in the second half, but that would be the last of scoring for the following 60 minutes as the Kean University women's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie with visiting Oneonta State in the Cougar Classic Sunday afternoon. Oneonta (1-0-1) struck first as sophomore Jenna McCarey (Middletown, N.Y.) netted the game's first goal off an assist from junior Caitlin Burke (Manorville, N.Y.) in the 38th minute.
Esposito then tied things up at 50:17 as she deflected junior Lara Kaminski's (Rahway, N.J.) shot into the net.
Junior Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) tallied 10 saves for the Cougars (1-1-1) while freshman Jamie Chyat (Staten Island, N.Y.) countered with seven in the tie.
UNION, N.J. (9/12/09) - Senior Brittany Gibbs (West Deptford, N.J.) scored two goals and sophomore Olivia Triano (Keyport, N.J.) added a goal and an assist to lead the Kean University field hockey team to a 3-0 victory over visiting Susquehanna University in non-conference action on Friday evening. The Cougars (4-0) scored a pair of insurance goals a player down in a 64 second span in the second half to open the season with their fourth straight victory.
For Susquehanna (1-3), goalkeeper Erin Ferguson (Mount Laurel, N.J.) stopped nine shots.
After a scoreless first half, Gibbs scored the game-winner less than 10 minutes into the second half. After delivering a pass to Triano at the top of the circle on a penalty corner, Gibbs relocated to the left side of the cage, where Triano delivered the pass for Gibbs to tip-in for the 1-0 lead.
The Crusaders had an opportunity to possibly tie the game with a two-player advantage midway through the second-half, however Kean was able to keep the Crusaders off the scoreboard.
With less than 10 minutes remaining in the game and playing one player down, Gibbs scored the insurance goal off the assist from sophomore Lauren Kusik (Randolph, N.J.) with 6:16 remaining. Just over a minute later, Triano fired the open shot from just inside the circle that went into the cage untouched for the three-goal advantage.
Newport News, Pa. (9/11/09) - Freshmen Carly Seidel (Winslow Twp., N.J.) and Julianna Natale (Clifton, N.J.) each scored but it wasn't enough to get past host Christopher Newport University as Kean tied for the second consecutive match, 2-2, Friday evening. The Cougars (1-1-2) and Captains (0-3-1) used all their offense in the first period as CNU scored in the 15th minute to take a 1-0 lead. KU quickly responded as Seidel took a pass from junior Lara Kaminski (Rahway, N.J.) just a minute later to knot the game at one.
The Captains regained the lead in the 28th minute, but Kean countered again 10 minutes later as Natale netted a goal off a pass from Seidel.
Kean outshot CNU, 25-8, not allowing the Captains a single shot in the overtime periods.
Junior Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) recorded four saves in the draw.
Glassboro, N.J. (9/5/09) - Sophomore Nicole Bolash (Clinton, N.J.) led all players with a combined 11 kills, six service aces and 26 digs as Kean University split their 2009 opener by defeating Purchase College, 3-1 and falling to Bryn Mawr, 3-0 at Rowan University. Junior Colleen Masterson (Rahway, N.J.) led Kean with 27 assists to go along with 19 digs. Sophomore Tara Richey (Bayonne, N.J.) had a combined team-high four blocks as well as nine kills on the afternoon.
UNION, N.J. (09/09/09) - The Kean University tennis team opened up the 2009 season against New Jersey Athletic Conference favorite The College of New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon, as the Lions defeated the Cougars, 9-0, to open up NJAC play. The Lions (2-0, 1-0 NJAC), winners of all 27 NJAC titles in conference history, have now 127 consecutive NJAC matches, a streak that spans the entire history of the NJAC.
Hillside, N.J. (9/9/09) - Junior Thiery Gustave (Elizabeth, N.J.) scored the game-winner just over 10 minutes into the action as Kean University defeated visiting New York University, 2-0, Wednesday afternoon at the East Campus Soccer Complex. Gustave took a shot that fired off the left post and after recollecting the rebound bend the ball inside the right side of the net for what would be the game winner at 10:30.
The Cougars (2-1-1) added insurance late in the match as sophomore Erick Solis (Summit, N.J.) released a hard shot off the keeper that was collected by freshman Tiago Goetzke (Curitiba, Brazil) and shot right back into the net for the final tally of the afternoon.
Junior Alfredo Oquendo (North Plainfield, N.J.) recorded three saves in his second shutout of the season while senior Marek Urbanski (Burlingame, Calif.) tallied nine saves for NYU (1-2) in the loss.
Kean held an 18-11 advantage in shots while the Violets held a slight 4-3 edge in corner attempts.