Carolina Cruisin’ for Men’s Lacrosse

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (3/9/14) – The Kean University men's lacrosse team topped Emmanuel (Mass.) College 13-4 on Sunday afternoon at the Ashley Booth Field in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina during spring break lacrosse action. The Cougars improved to 3-1 overall on the year while the Saints are still in search of their first win, dropping to 0-3 on the season.

Kean jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter behind goals from Vincent Ferraro (pictured left) and Jeff Christiano and made it 3-0 midway through the second quarter with Ferraro's second goal on the afternoon.

The Saints got on the board following a man-up goal by Ryan Sabuda to make it 3-1 with 6:09 left to play in the half. But Ferraro answered just over a minute later to give Kean a 4-1 lead for his third goal of the half.

Emmanuel's Kaile MacLean-Daley found the back of the net to cut the Cougars lead to 4-2 on a transition goal, assisted by Sabuda. With 1:08 to play in the half, EC made it a one goal game with an score by Michael Rogers but Kean retaliated immediately off the ensuing faceoff on a Richard Cheifitz tally to account for the 5-3 halftime score.

The second half was a different story as Kean outscored EC, 8-1 to cruise to the 13-4 victory. The Cougars opened the second half just like the first with two early goals scored by John Marcelli and Matt Speciale to give Kean a 7-3 cushion heading into the final quarter.

The Cougars put the game out of reach by scoring six goals in the fourth, including tallies by Mike Criscitello, Anthony Carpenter and Anthony Perrotta during the 8-0 run.

The Cougars owned a 13-7 faceoff advantage on the day and held a 40-38 shots margin.

KU starting goalie Dino Vitale made 13 saves in the win, and was especially impressive considering the two teams had similar shot totals (40-38). Ferraro and Special both had hat tricks for Kean, while Perrotta finished with a goal and two assists.

The Cougars will also play their next game in the Carolinas, with a Wednesday showdown against Marymount (Va.) University in Charlotte, North Carolina at 2 p.m.