Birmingham, Ala. (3/15/13) – The Kean University men's lacrosse scored three unanswered goals in the final eight minutes of play to rally past Birmingham-Southern College by the final of 10-9 Friday evening.
Head coach Shelley Sheiner picked up his 100th head coaching victory in the matchup. Sheiner has been at the helm of the men's lacrosse program since 2004 and now boasts a 100-64 mark at Kean.
Trailing 9-7 early in the fourth quarter, rookie Vincent D'Andraia pulled the Cougars (5-1) closer with an unassisted goal with just over eight minutes remaining, putting the score at 9-8. Junior John Marcelli (pictured left) then took a feed from senior Nicholas Cestaro to knot the match at nine-all with 5:03 on the clock. Junior Richard Cheifitz scored the game-winner, his third goal of the evening, on an unassisted goal with 3:51 remaining.
The remainder of the contest was a see-saw affair. Kean controlled the first quarter, never trailing, coming out of the first 15 minutes with a 4-2 lead. Birmingham-Southern (3-5) started off the second quarter with four straight goals to take their first lead of the contest, 6-4. Kean responded with two quick goals before intermission to knot the game at six-all. Senior Brad Mills tallied a mark with 2:40 on the clock and freshman Anthony Perrotta tied the contest up with 1:36 to go in the first half.
Kean senior Sean Bobal gave the Cougars the lead with the first goal of the third quarter (7-6). The Panthers would score the next three goals of the matchup stretching over the third and fourth quarters to take their final lead of the game at 9-7.
Senior keeper Lane Zierten recorded 13 saves in the win. Kean held the advantage in shots (50-40) and groundballs (37-34). BSC controlled faceoff opportunities, winning 16 of 23.
The Cougars head back north and will face Drew University in a rescheduled matchup on Monday evening in Madison.