Union, N.J. (2/29/12) – The Kean University men's lacrosse team held off a late Wesley College rally and would go on to defeat the Wolverines, 15-12, Wednesday evening in non-conference action.
The Cougars improved to 2-0 on the season and were led by sophomore Richard Cheifitz with four goals on the night. The loss drops Wesley to 0-2 this year as junior Joe Donato recorded a game-high six goals in the loss.
After a see-saw first quarter, the Cougars broke the game open with three consecutive goals in the second quarter to take a 6-4 advantage at the break. Junior Sean Bobal tied the game at four-all with an unassisted goal with just under two minutes to go in the half. One minute later, senior Nick Angrisani gave Kean the lead with a man-up goal and Cheifitz closed out the half with his first goal of the night with 13 ticks on the clock.
Kean would lead by as many as four goals at the end of the third quarter as Cheifitz registered his third goal of the night to put the score at 10-6. After pushing the lead to 13-7 on a man-up goal from sophomore John Marcelli, the Wolverines exploded for four straight goals to close the gap to two. Donato got things started with a man-down goal with 7:28 to go and rookie James Moss closed out the run with 4:55 on the clock to put the score at 13-11. Kean's Mike Sheehan (pictured left) broke up the run with an unassisted goal with just under four minutes to go. Donato pulled Wesley within two again at the 2:09 mark, but the Cougars were able to control the ball for the remainder of the game, capitalizing with the game's final goal with six seconds to go.
Offensively, Angrisani finished with three goals and an assist while Sheehan added one goal and three assists on the night. Junior Nathan Gorski recorded four assists for Wesley while teammate Eric Crumbock tallied four goals.
Keeper Lane Zierten earned the win for the Cougars while junior Matt Ryan suffered the loss for the Wolverines.
Kean returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Western Connecticut State University.