Men's Lacrosse Holds On For 13-8 Win Over Stockton

Union, N.J. (4/3/13) – The Kean University men's lacrosse team used eight consecutive goals to top Richard Stockton College by the final of 13-8, Wednesday evening in Skyline Conference action.

In a game that was marred by 33 combined penalties, the Cougars (9-1, 1-0 Skyline) made the eight goal advantage over the course of the second and third quarters stick and held on despite a late Stockton (3-7, 0-2 Skyline) rally.

Senior Sean Bobal led all players with five goals in addition to an assist.  Sophomore Nick Bologno topped the Ospreys with three goals and two assists. 

Both teams managed to score in bunches as Kean jumped out to a 3-0 lead, with Bobal scoring two and assisting on the other.  Stockton answered right back and tied the match at three-all with 12:17 to go in the second quarter.  Junior Mike Sheehan then started a run of eight straight goals for the Cougars pushing through halftime into the third quarter.  Junior Richard Cheifitz made it 6-3 at the break with a goal with time expiring. 

Kean then surged out the intermission and would push their lead to 11-3 as Bobal capped off the run with 6:54 on the clock. 

Stockton responded and used a 5-0 run of their own to pull within 11-8.  Rookie Vincent Manasia netted back-to-back goals to end the third quarter and junior Drew Wright ended the run with the first goal of the fourth quarter.

Neither team was able to capitalize over the next eight minutes, despite five penalties.  Kean then sealed the win with two goals in the final five minutes, including a man-up goal with under a minute to go from senior Brad Mills.

Chefitz (pictured left) finished the game with three goals and two assists while defensively senior Russell King recorded seven groundballs and forced three turnovers.  In net, senior Lane Zierten earned the win, tallying seven saves while sophomore Anthony Montalbano suffered the loss with nine saves.

Kean heads to the road and will face SUNY Maritime College on Saturday at 1 p.m.