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UNION, N.J. (4/16/09) - Junior Cassie Shotwell (Dunellen, N.J.) earned a five-inning, complete game victory, allowing just three hits, and drove in a pair of runs at the plate to help lead the Kean University softball team to an 8-0 victory over visiting New Jersey City University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game on Thursday afternoon. The Cougars (14-16, 5-7 NJAC) pounded out 10 hits in the game, which was the second game of Tuesday afternoon's doubleheader that was postponed due to rain. Sophomore second baseman Danielle Delfino (Jersey City, N.J.) was 2-of-2 for the Gothic Knights (14-16, 4-8 NJAC). After a scoreless first inning, Kean plated five runs in the top of the second inning. Junior centerfielder Allison Lizzi (Cherry Hill, N.J.) opened the inning being hit by pitch and would advance to third on a pair of fielder's choice sacrifice bunts by junior third baseman Melissa Dietrich (Carteret, N.J.) and sophomore first baseman Katie Yard (Hillsborough, N.J.) to load the bases with no outs. Shotwell (pictured right) followed with a single into left field to score Lizzi and Dietrich with the first runs of the game and later in the inning with two outs, senior catcher Jesse Buchanan (Washington Twp., N.J.) smacked a double off the left field fence to drive in two more runs. Buchanan scored the final run of the inning on a RBI single by left fielder Lindsay Kennedy (Parsippany, N.J.) to give the Cougars the 5-0 lead. The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the third inning, as Yard had a RBI double to score Lizzi, who led the inning off with a single, and junior designated player Allison Thibault (Garfield, N.J.) beat out a two-out, infield single to drive in Yard for the 7-0 advantage. In the fifth inning, the Cougars scored the final run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Kennedy, as she brough in senior pinch runner Christy Giamella (Bound Brook, N.J.) (pictured left). On the mound, Shotwell (7-8) allowed just one walk and three hits to earn her fifth shutout of the season. At the plate, Shotwell finished 2-of-3 with two RBI and one run scored, while Lizzi was 2-od-2 with two runs scored. Thibault also recorded the multi-hit game, finishing 2-of-3 with one RBI, while Buchanan and Kennedy were each 1-of-3 with two RBI. Freshman shortstop Megan Ginter (Nutley, N.J.) was 1-of-2 for the Gothic Knights.
Mahwah, N.J. (4/15/09) - Sophomore Amanda South (Fairless, Pa.) notched a career-high nine goals as Kean University defeated Ramapo College, 15-13, Wednesday afternoon. The win applies to both the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and Skyline Conference improving Kean's record to 6-7 overall, 1-2 NJAC, 4-0 Skyline. Ramapo falls to 2-8 overall, 0-2 NJAC and 1-3 Skyline. It was a see-saw affair for most of the contest, with Ramapo leading by as many as four in the first half of action. After the Roadrunners scored six straight goals, Kean responded and closed out the half with four straight of their own, knotting the match at seven all. Senior Stephanie Cirino (Warminster, Pa.) tallied the first two goals, while South added the final two to close out the first 30 minutes. Both teams then battled back and forth, tying for the last time at 12 all with 16:58 to go in the second half. Freshman Nicole Torre (Toms River, N.J.) gave KU the lead for good with an unassisted goal at 16:46. South then added insurance with two more goals before closing out the match. Cirino finished with three goals while sophomore Erica Kelly (West Deptford, N.J.) added a goal and an assist.
UNION, N.J. (4/15/09) - The Kean University men's lacrosse team had 14 players net goals, as the Cougars defeated College of Mount Saint Vincent, 20-2, in Skyline Conference action on Wednesday evening. Junior Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.) led the Cougars (9-5, 2-2 Skyline) with a game-high three goals and one assist, while senior Eric Gillar (Milltown, N.J.) dished out a game-high three assists to go along with two goals. Junior goalkeeper Mike Nuzzi (Westbury, N.Y.) made 10 saves in goal for the Dolphins (5-6, 0-2 Skyline). The Cougars took a 5-0 lead after the first quarter behind a pair of Mike Terry (Maplewood, N.J.) goals and would extend the lead to 7-0 after back-to-back goals by junior Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.). Mount Saint Vincent would get on the board on an unassisted goal by sophomore attack Mike Shea (Congers, N.Y.) with 12:52 remaining in the second quarter. Kean netted six of the final seven goals of the second period to take a 13-2 lead at halftime, as six different players recorded goals in the run. In the third period, the Cougars scored four times to extend the lead to 17-2 before three more goals in the final period. Terry added two goals and one assist, while Leathem and senior Josh Morales (Clifton, N.J.) each scored twice. Junior C.J. Gannon (Morris Plains, N.J.) had a pair of assists. Freshman midfielder Andrew Rau (Fair Lawn, N.J.) won 11-of-13 faceoffs and picked up seven groundballs, while defenders Nick Miceli (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Rob Child (Avon, N.J.) each had three caused turnovers.
Staten Island, N.Y. (4/7/09) - Junior Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) drove in four as #5/12 Kean University defeated The College of Staten Island, 5-1, Tuesday afternoon at the CSI Baseball Complex. Moceri was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a sacrifice fly as Kean improved to 21-6 overall. The loss drops CSI to 10-9 this season.
The Cougars used single runs in the first, third and fifth innings. In the first and third, junior Mike Diaz (Westfield, N.J.) reached on a single and walk, respectively, and Moceri doubled him home each time. In the fifth inning, freshman D.J. Breckenridge (Fair Haven, N.J.) reached on a single and later scored on Moceri's sacrifice fly. Kean plated two in the sixth inning as pinch-hitter Kyle Walker (Piscataway, N.J.) hit a bases-loaded RBI single and Moceri later added an RBI single of his own.
Staten Island native, Joe Rizzo earned the win in relief. Rizzo (1-0) allowed just three hits in five innings while recording a career-high ten strikeouts.
Diaz was 2-for-2 with two runs scored in the win.
THROGGS NECK, N.Y. (4/8/09) - Senior attack Stephanie Cirino (Warminster, Pa.) scored six goals to lead the Kean University women's lacrosse team to a 14-0 victory over SUNY Maritime in Skyline Conference action on Wednesday evening. Sophomore Amanda South (Fairless, Pa.) dished out five assist for the Cougars (4-7, 2-2 Skyline).
Kean took a 11-0 lead at halftime over Maritime (2-6, 1-2 Skyline), as Cirino netted four of the first five goals for the Cougars.
In the victory, sophomore Kelly Mataya (Woodland Park, N.J.) and junior Julie Bachovchin (Piscataway, N.J.) each added two goals.
Freshmen Gina Petrizzo (Hopatcong, N.J.) and Sabrina Vargas (Elizabeth, N.J.) split time in goal and combined to make eight saves.
WAYNE, N.J.(4/7/09) - In a clash of two of the four teams who began the day tied for second place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference softball standings, William Paterson University (17-3, 6-2 NJAC) swept visiting Kean University (12-12, 4-4 NJAC), 7-6 and 6-1, on Tuesday afternoon GAME ONE: WPU Scores Twice in Bottom of Seventh for Win in Opener
In a back and forth contest, William Paterson scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the opener, 7-6.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when sophomore Lindsay Kennedy (Parsippany, N.J.) doubled to left-center and senior Sara Steinman (Springfield, N.J.) singled her in with a base hit to center field for the early lead.
Sophomore Katie Yard (Hillsborough, N.J.), (pictured right) a transfer from William Paterson, then drove a second-inning pitch over the 220-foot sign in straight-away center field, a solo home run that made it a 2-0 Cougar lead.
The Pioneers got one of those runs back during the bottom of the third. Junior Christina Zippler (Blackwood, N.J.) drew a walk, followed by singles from sophomores Lindsey Nadolny (Belford, N.J.) and Jenna Vitale (Kenilworth, N.J.) to load the bases for senior Ana Abourashed (Middlesex, N.J.), whose grounder to second base allowed Zippler to cross home plate.
William Paterson jumped ahead with a pair of scores during the bottom of the fourth, as the Pioneers capitalized on a pair of Kean errors. Sophomore Nicole Jimmerson (North Bergen, N.J.) ignited a two-out rally with a single and would advance to second on an error, before tying the game when senior Meghan Reilly (Middlesex, N.J.) had a sharply hit ball that was misplayed and overthrown, resulting in Jimmerson racing home to tie the score and Reilly settling at second. Zippler then plated Reilly with a base hit up the middle, staking the Pioneers to a 3-2 lead.
The Pioneers tacked on another run in the fifth, after Abourashed drew a leadoff walk and was lifted for pinch runner Danielle DeDomenico (Cherry Hill, N.J.), who advanced to second after an errant pickoff throw and ran to third after a wild pitch. Sophomore Jillian Mulderig's (Sewell, N.J.) grounder up the first-base line gave DeDomenico enough time to sprint home and make it a 4-2 game.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Cougars regained the lead after Steinman singled in Alicia Banz (Carteret, N.J.), and Allison Lizzi (Cherry Hill, N.J) imm.ediately followed with a three-run homer down the left-field line, pushing Kean ahead, 6-4.
Reilly led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to center field, moved to third thanks to a Nadolny groundout and scored on a wild pitch to cut the Cougar advantage in half.
Trailing by a run entering the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Heather Mendez (Basking Ridge, N.J.) led off with a single through the left side of the infield, and Mulderig beat out her sacrifice attempt for a bunt single. Junior Lacey Santone (South Plainfield, N.J.) followed with a perfect bunt up the first-base line, advancing the runners to second and third with one out. Jimmerson's sharply-hit ball to second drove in Mendez and tied the score, and another wild pitch was all that Mulderig needed to cover the final 60 feet and hand the Pioneers the victory.
Nadolny was 2-for-3 at the plate, while Mulderig and Jimmerson both went 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored for the Pioneers.
Steinman (pictured left) was 2-for-3 and notched a RBI and run scored for Kean, while Kennedy was 2-for-4 and Lizzi went 1-for-3 with the three-run home run.
Freshman Michelle Graham (Hawthorne, N.J.) improved to 7-2 on the season with 7.0 innings of work, allowing nine hits and six runs, striking out seven Cougars without issuing a walk. Junior Cassie Shotwell (Dunellen, N.J.) took the loss for Kean (6-5), allowing 10 hits, seven runs (four earned) and six walks in 6.1 innings.
GAME TWO: Four-Run Fifth Lifts WPU in Nightcap
A four-run outburst during the top of the fifth helped give William Paterson the sweep with a 6-1 game-two victory.
In the first inning, Reilly drew a one-out walk during the Pioneers' and advanced to second thanks to a wild pitch. Nadolny then put down a bunt for a single, and continued toward second. Kean catcher Jesse Buchanan (Washington Twp., N.J.) threw down to second base, where Lizzi was covering from center field and tagged out Nadolny, but the throw allowed Reilly to break for home and she slid to beat the ball to the plate, scoring the game's first run.
Kean evened the score during the bottom of the second, when Steinman led off the inning with a walk, was sacrificed by Lizzi to second, ran to third on a wild pitch, and scored after a Yard groundout to short.
William Paterson seized control with a four-run fifth inning. Sophomore Ashlie Gaynor (Berlin, N.J.) and freshman Raquel Roder (Hoboken, N.J.) both singled and Reilly drew a base on balls, loading the bases for Nadolny, who promptly singled. Gaynor scored on the hit, and Roder scampered home due to a fielding error on the play, pushing the Pioneers ahead, 3-1. Vitale then drew a walk to again load the bases, followed by Zippler being hit by pitch to force across Reilly and a Santone groundout plated Nadolny, giving the Pioneers a four-run lead.
The Pioneers finished the scoring in the top of the seventh when Zippler singled in Nadolny from second base.
Nadolny, the NJAC's leading hitter with a .542 average, was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Gaynor went 2-for-2 and Zippler had a pair of runs-batted-in for WP.
Three different players accounted for Kean's four hits, two of them off the bat of junior Allison Thibault (Garfield, N.J.) (pictured right).
Sophomore Kerrie Mascarelli (Montvale, N.J.) earned the complete-game victory (4-0), striking out four hitters and walking five. Sophomore Courtney Smyth (Abington, Pa./Abington) suffered the loss (4-6), surrendering five runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. Classmate Jess Mattos (Carteret, N.J.) pitched the final 2.2 innings and allowed three hits and one run.
Montclair, N.J. (4/8/09) - The Kean University men's lacrosse team notched the first two goals, but couldn't respond to five uncontested Montclair State goals, falling by the final of 6-4, Wednesday night at Sprague Field. Kean's Josh Morales (Clifton, N.J.) got things going with an unassisted goal in the first period. Junior Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.) then added another with 14:01 to give KU a 2-0 advantage. MSU battled back with their first goal a minute later and narrowed the margin to 2-1 at the break.
The Red Hawks (7-4, 2-0 Skyline) then rolled off two goals in the third period and two more early in the fourth to jump out to a 5-2 lead. The Cougars (7-5, 0-2 Skyline) then rallied to within one as freshman Andrew Rau (Fair Lawn, N.J.) scored an unassisted goal with 10:43 remaining, followed by C.J. Gannon (Morris Plains, N.J.) in the final minutes.
MSU sealed the win with 3:10 remaining as they scored their sixth goal of the night.
Rau finished with a goal, four groundballs, and was 7-of-12 in faceoff opportunities.
Keeper John Gesumaria (Cranford, N.J.) tallied 11 saves in the loss.
EWING, N.J. (3/31/09) - Kean scored twice in the bottom of the seventh and sophomore Courtney Smyth (Abington, Pa.) scattered four hits and struck out five batters to lead the Cougars to a split with The College of New Jersey in New Jersey Athletic Conference softball doubleheader action on Tuesday afternoon. The Lions (11-11, 2-2 NJAC) defeated Kean, 1-0, in the opener, before Smyth rebounded the Cougars (10-10, 2-2 NJAC) in the nightcap, posting a 2-1 victory.
GAME ONE: UNEARNED RUN LIFTS TCNJ PAST KEAN, 1-0
The College of New Jersey scored an unearned run in the sixth inning, spoiling a three-hitter on the mound by junior Cassie Shotwell (Dunellen, N.J.) to win the opener, 1-0.
Freshman left-fielder Crystal Lee (Dover, N.J.) led off the sixth inning with a single and would advance to third on an error before scoring on an RBI fielder's choice by sophomore Colleen Cawley (Riverton, N.J.) on the next play for the game's only run.
The Cougars had threatened the half-inning prior when they loaded the bases with one out, as junior centerfielder Allison Lizzi (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and freshman Alicia Banz (Carteret, N.J.) were both hit by a pitch and Shotwell singled. However the Lions got out of the inning with a fielder's choice, throwing Lizzi out at home and a strikeout to end the Kean threat.
Shotwell (5-4) went the distance, scattering three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
GAME TWO: SEVENTH INNING RALLY LIFTS KEAN IN NIGHTCAP, 2-1
Senior Sara Steinman (Springfield, N.J.) scored on a wild pitch and sophomore Lindsay Kennedy (Piscataway, N.J.) drove in freshman Alicia Banz in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Cougars to the 2-1 victory over The College of New Jersey in the nightcap.
TCNJ took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when junior Ellen Seavers (Ridgewood, N.J.) doubled to left-center to drive in sophomore Caitlyn Seamster (Edison, N.J.).
Steinman, who broke the single season record with 17 doubles a year ago, led the bottom of the seventh off with her seventh double of the season and after the Cougars loaded the bases with a walk and fielder's choice, Steinman would tie the game when she scored on a wild pitch. Kennedy followed two batters later with a RBI single to right field to score Banz, who had walked earlier in the inning.
On the mound, sophomore right-hander Courtney Smyth scattered four hits and four walks with five strikeouts in the complete game victory.
CAPE COD, Mass. (4/3/09) - Senior Ebony Jackson (Newark, N.J.) and junior Cardiss Jackman (Tobyhanna, Pa.) were both named Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro Region first-team all-stars, as announced by the ECAC on Friday morning. The duo led the Cougars in scoring and guided the team to their third straight NCAA tournament, as Kean finished with a 22-8 record to win at least 20 games for the third straight year.
A two-time ECAC selection after earning second-team honors a year ago, Jackson (pictured right) was also a three-time New Jersey Athletic Conference all-star, earning first team honors this past season and second-team recognition as both a sophomore and junior.
Jackson, who also was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and a D3hoops.com Atlantic Region second-team all-star, led the Cougars in assists (149), ranking third in the conference in assists per game (4.96) and second in assist to turnover ratio (1.59). She also finished second on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg) and steals (56), while adding 3.9 rebounds per game.
The program's all-time leader in career assists (639), she also ranks in the top 15 in NCAA Division III career history. A four-year starter at point guard, Jackson became the 16th player in program history to score 1,000 career points, closing out her career ranking sixth in school history with 1,250 points.
Joining Jackson on the NJAC first-team and as an Honorable Mention All-American, Jackman (pictured left) led the team and ranked second in the conference in scoring (16.9 ppg) and was third in three-point field goals made (54/1.86). Jackman, who also was second on the team in assists (76) and fourth in rebounding (4.8) and steals (51), scored in double-figures in all but four games and knocked down at least one three-point field goal in all but three games.
A three-year starter, Jackman was also named to the D3hoops.com Atlantic Region second-team. She scored at least 20 points in 11 games and became the 17th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Entering her senior year, Jackman ranks 15th in program history with 1,100 career points.
Wayne, N.J. (4/2/09) - Sophomore Mike Moran (Pompton Plains, N.J.) was 4-for-5 with three RBI as William Paterson pushed past Kean University, 17-11, Thursday afternoon in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) action. Kean falls to 17-6 overall and 3-2 in NJAC play. William Paterson improves to 11-9 overall and 3-1 in conference action.
Both teams exchanged runs early, but WPU exploded for six runs in their half of the second. Junior Mike Lugo (Jersey City, N.J.) provided the big blow, a bases-clearing double. Moran later followed with a two RBI double.
Kean got right back into it with four runs in the top of the third. After scoring on an error, sac fly and ground out, freshman Lee Cavico (North Brunswick, N.J.) registered an RBI double to round out the scoring in the frame. The Cougars would later tie the game at seven all as Mike Manganiello (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) drove home Nick Ramagli (Emerson, N.J.).
The Pioneers then exploded for another seven runs in the sixth inning, five with two outs, to put the game out of reach.
Southpaw Ryan Zamorsky (Branchburg, N.J.) suffered the loss. Zamorsky (4-1) allowed nine runs, six earned, as well as nine hits in four and a third innings of work. Freshman Steve Coral (Totowa, N.J.) earned the win in relief for WPU. Coral allowed five runs and five hits in five innings of relief.
Offensively, Manganiello (pictured right) was 2-for-2 with two RBI while freshman Vinny Galya (Old Bridge, N.J.) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
ORANGEBURG, N.Y. (3/26/09) - Senior attack Stephanie Cirino (Warminster, Pa.) (pictured right) scored eight goals, however the Kean University women's lacrosse team dropped a 17-14 decision to host Dominican College in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon. Sophomore Amanda South (Fairless, Pa.) added three goals and three assists for the Cougars, who trailed 10-9 at halftime.
Also for Kean (0-6), junior Chelsea Davis (Livingston, N.J.) had a goal and assist. In goal, freshman Gina Petrizzo (Hopatcong, N.J.) made nine saves in just over 56 minutes of action, while freshman Sabrina Vargas (Elizabeth, N.J.) stopped one shot for Kean.
UNION, N.J. (3/23/09) - The Kean University softball team split with Oneonta State in the home opener on Monday afternoon, defeating the Red Dragons, 6-5, in the opener, before falling 7-1 in the afternoon's second game. GAME ONE: Five-Run Sixth Lifts Kean Past Oneonta, 6-5
The Cougars plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 5-1 deficit and win the opener, 6-5.
Senior catcher Jesse Buchanan (Washington Twp., N.J.) was 2-of-3 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the Cougars, while sophomore Jess Mattos (Carteret, N.J.) earned her second win on the mound in relief.
Trailing 5-1 after the top of the sixth inning, sophomore left-fielder Lindsay Kennedy (Parsippany, N.J.) and rookie second baseman Alicia Banz (Carteret, N.J.) led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Mattos reach on an error that would allow Kennedy to score.
Junior third baseman Melissa Dietrich (Carteret, N.J.) followed with a walk to load the bases, and after a fielder's choice denied the Cougars a run with Banz being thrown out at home, Buchanan lined a double down the left-field line to drive in a pair of runs. With runners on second and third, the Cougars tied the game on the squeeze bunt and Buchanan would score the go-ahead run one batter later on a sacrifice fly by senior shortstop Sara Steinman (Springfield, N.J.).
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when junior centerfielder Allison Lizzi (Cherry hill, N.J.) had an RBI single to drive in Buchanan, who led the inning off with a single.
In the top of the fifth inning, sophomore shortstop Bethany Truax (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) and junior Savanah Keicher (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) each had bases-loaded RBI singles and freshman Lyndsey Berwich (New Windsor, N.Y.) had a bases-loaded walk to take a 3-1 lead.
Oneonta State extended the lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning, taking advantage of one hit and three Cougar errors.
Mattos earned the victory in relief, scattering three hits and allowing no earned runs in two and two-thirds innings of work.
Kennedy added a pair of hits, while Dietrich was 1-for-1 with one run scored.
For Oneonta State, sophomore Stacey Donald (Saugerties, N.Y.) was 2-of-2 with one run scored.
GAME TWO: Oneonta State Powers Past Kean, 7-1
Sophomore Stacy Donald had three hits and scored twice to lead the 13-hit Oneonta State (6-4) attack and defeat the Cougars, 7-1, in the nightcap to earn the split.
The Red Dragons got on the board in the first inning, scoring three runs on three hits and one Cougar error. After a Cougar error loaded the bases with one out, junior Savanah Keicher had an RBI single to drive in Donald, who had singled to left field earlier in the inning. A bases-loaded walk to sophomore Kristin Jung (Chester, N.Y.) scored the second run and a wild pitch allowed the Red Dragons to build a 3-0 lead.
After Oneonta added another unearned run in the second inning, the Cougars (8-8) trimmed the deficit to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a RBI double to left field by rookie Alicia Banz scored junior Allison Lizzi, who reached on a single through the left side.
Oneonta tacked on two more runs in the fifth and scored once in the sixth for the 7-1 victory.
For the Cougars, senior Jesse Buchanan had her team-leading third triple of the year.
In the win, senior Jamie Llewellyn (Oneonta, N.Y.) and freshman Lyndsey Berwick each had two hits, while Jung was 1-of-2 with two RBI.
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (3/24/09) - Senior attack Eric Gillar (Milltown, N.J.) had seven assists and junior midfielder Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.) scored four goals to lead the Kean University men's lacrosse team to a 16-3 victory over host Centenary College on Tuesday afternoon. Junior goalkeeper John Gesumaria (Cranford, N.J.) made 10 saves for the Cougars (5-3), while senior Matt Biringer (Brick, N.J.) scored twice for the Cyclones (1-4).
The Cougars scored the first six goals of the game en-route to taking a 7-1 lead at halftime.
Bertucci scored twice in the third quarter, as the Cougars extended the lead to 11-2. The Cougars outscored Centenary 5-1 in the fourth quarter to seal the 13-goal victory.
Kean, who won 17-of-21 faceoffs, held a 43-22 advantage in shots to win their fifth game of the season.
Bertucci also picked up a team-high seven groundballs in the win.
Farmingdale, N.Y. (3/24/09) - Junior Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) drove in two as #5/9 Kean University defeated host Farmingdale State College, 3-0, Tuesday afternoon. The win improves Kean to 14-4 overall while the loss drops Farmingdale to 11-10 this season.
Moceri drove in the game's first run in the top of the third. With two outs, freshman D.J. Breckenridge (Fair Haven, N.J.) reached on a single. After rookie Vinny Galya (Old Bridge, N.J.) reached on a walk, Moceri singled to right to bring home Breckenridge.
The game remained this way until the eighth inning when Moceri (pictured right) again delivered, this time with an RBI double to drive home Galya, who reached on a single of his own.
Pinch-hitter Dylan Laguna (Edison, N.J.) tacked on another run in the top of the ninth with an RBI single.
Not to be lost was the pitching performance by freshman Sam Fourre (Scotch Plains, N.J.), who earned his first complete game shutout win. Fourre (2-0) (pictured left) allowed just five hits and one walk while fanning five.
Offensively Moceri was 3-for-4 while sophomore Gabe Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J.) was 2-for-4.
UNION, N.J. (3/14/09) - The Kean University men's lacrosse team had 10 different players score goals en-route to a 14-5 victory over visiting Vassar College on Saturday afternoon. Juniors Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and Jazimar Bailey (Hoboken, N.J.) each had two goals and two assists for the Cougars (3-2), while sophomore attack Sam Thypin-Bermeo (Princeton, N.J.) led the Brewers (2-2) with two goals and an assist.
The Cougars scored the first seven goals of the game, as Bailey netted the first goal unassisted recorded both of his goals and assists in the opening 23 minutes of the game. Thypin-Bermeo got the Brewers on the board with an unassisted goal with 4:23 to go in the second quarter to pull Vassar to within 7-1 at halftime.
In the second-half, Kean scored seven of the first eight goals to extend the lead to 14-2, before Vassar netted the final three goals of the game to put the final score at 14-5.
Junior attack Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.) added two goals and an assist, while junior C.J. Gannon (Morris Plains, N.J.) added two goals in the win. Freshman Andrew Rau (Fair Lawn, N.J.) won seven face-offs and picked up five groundballs.
For the Brewers, sophomore Alex Tice (Oakland, Calif.) and junior Ed Pappo (Malvern, Pa.) each made three saves in goal.
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (3/16/09) - Junior midfielder Anthony Bertucci (Edison, N.J.) has been named the Skyline Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week after recording nine points in a 2-1 week for the Cougars last week. Bertucci, who also added eight groundballs, netted at least two in all three games last week. He scored four goals and had two groundballs in Kean's 7-5 come-from-behind victory over Widener University, as he netted the first of four straight Kean goals to give the Cougars the lead for good in the second half.
He closed the week with two goals, an assist, six groundballs and three caused turnovers in the 14-5 win over Vassar College.
Earlier in the week, he opened with two goals in Kean's 14-9 loss to Stevens Institute of Technology.
DANBURY, Conn. (3/12/08) - In the season opener, the Kean University women's lacrosse team fell to host Western Connecticut State University, 13-6, on Thursday afternoon. Freshman attack Nicole Torre (Toms River, N.J.) scored three goals in her first intercollegiate game to lead the Cougars (0-1), while junior Kara Kruczkiewicz (Brookfield, Conn.) netted the first three goals of the game to lead the Colonials (1-0).
After the Colonials opened the game with those three straight goals by Kruczkiewicz, Torre got the Cougars on the board with her first goal with three minutes to go until halftime, cutting the lead to 3-1 heading into the break.
The Cougars trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with the first goal of the second half, however WestConn answered with seven unanswered goals to extend the lead to 10-2 en-route to the seven-goal victory.
For the Cougars, sophomore Amanda South (Fairless, Pa.) scored twice, while rookie Gina Petrizzo (Hopatcong, N.J.) made 10 saves in goal.
Pitman, N.J. (3/16/09) - Freshman rookie Sam Fourre (Scotch Plains, N.J.) was selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie Pitcher of the Week following two appearances last week. He surrendered no runs in 7.1 innings of work during two appearances last week for the Cougars. He opened the week by surrendering just one hit and one walk while striking out three in 3.1 innings of scoreless relief for his first career win in Kean's 4-2 victory over Widener. Fourre wrapped up the week by surrendering just three hits and no walks while striking out four in four innings of work during his first collegiate start, Kean's 13-8 win over La Sierra during their Spring Trip to California.
Orange, Calif. (3/18/09) - Senior Brandon Aich (Sayreville, N.J.) tossed a complete game to earn the win as #8 Kean University broke their skid by defeating #7 Chapman University, 6-5, Wednesday evening at Hart Park. Aich (1-0), who has primarily handled closing duties for the past two seasons, made just the seventh start of his career, and picked up the third complete game win of his career. The previous six starts all occurred in his freshman campaign. In tonight's action, Aich allowed five runs, one earned, and 10 hits. He fanned six and walked no one.
Kean, which broke a three game losing streak with the win, improves to 11-4 overall. Chapman, who defeated the Cougars last Saturday, falls to 15-6.
KU got the bats going with their first opportunity as rookie Lee Cavico (North Brunswick, N.J.) lined a double down the leftfield line to drive in two. Cavico would later come around and score on a Chapman miscue to take an early 3-0 lead.
After the Panthers tacked on a single run in the second, Kean added single runs in the third and fourth as sophomore Gabe Ramirez (North Bergen, N.J.) recorded an RBI single and junior Mike Moceri (Yardville, N.J.) added a sacrifice fly.
But Chapman took advantage of a leadoff Cougar miscue in the bottom of the sixth and went on to tie things up at five all as seven Panthers came to the plate in the frame.
But the Cougars finally caught a break in the top of the ninth. With two outs and runners on first and second, freshman Eddie Jennings (Jackson, N.J.) came to the plate. Jennings hit a hard grounder that the first baseman couldn't handle, and freshman Nick Ramagli (Emerson, N.J.) crossed the plate with what would be the winning run.
Aich sealed the win, this time his own, in the bottom of the ninth after facing just four batters. After a leadoff single, Aich recorded a strikeout and a double play to end the game.
Offensively rookie Dylan Laguna (Edison, N.J.) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Cavico was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Catcher Mike Manganiello (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) was 2-for-3.
Chestertown, Md. (2/25/09) - Senior midfielder Matt Moreton (Darnestown, Md.) scored three goals and assisted on three others to lead the sixth-ranked Washington College men's lacrosse team to an 11-6 win over visiting Kean University in the season opener for both teams this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shoremen jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game, scoring all five first-quarter goals and the first goal of the second quarter. The Cougars scored three of the next four goals to trim the lead to 7-3 at halftime following Anthony Bertucci's (Edison, N.J.) (pictured right) second unassisted goal of the quarter.
Kean scored the first two goals of the third quarter as a Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn, N.J.) tally with 8:04 left in the period got the Cougars to within two at 7-5. The Shoremen ended Kean's rally when Moreton fired in a goal with 3:34 to play in the third. The score remained 8-5 until under six minutes remained in the game. Senior attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, Md.) then scored back-to-back goals in the span of three minutes. Leathem scored off an assist from C.J. Gannon (Morris Plains, N.J.) with 40 seconds left to provide the final margin.
Leathem led the Cougars with three goals, while Bertucci netted two goals and one assist. Nick Angrisani (Belle Mead, N.J.) scored one goal, while Eric Gillar (Milltown, N.J.) and Gannon each had one assist.
John Gesumaria (Cranford, N.J.) made 12 saves in goal for the Cougars.
Washington held a 37-24 advantage in shots in the game, including a 13-1 margin in the first quarter. Kean won 12 of the game's 21 face-offs.