Cheifitz Scores Four; Defense Dominates Second Half for Men’s Lax

CORTLAND, N.Y. (3/22/14) – The Kean University men's lacrosse team allowed just one second-half goal and Mike Criscitello won 10-of-11 faceoffs to help lift the Cougars over SUNY Potsdam in a 7-5 game on Saturday. Richard Cheifitz scored four-straight goals for Kean.

Potsdam scored the first goal of the game, but Brian Mills and Matt Speciale scored the next two to get Kean out in front. Ed Doherty of the Bears found paydirt for the second time to tie the game at two, and Potsam went out in front again on a goal by Pat Bonafede. But with less than 10 seconds remaining in the first, Cheifitz lit the lamp to send the teams to the first break knotted at three.

After seven scoreless minutes Cheifitz scored again, with an assist from Vincent Ferraro. After another tying goal by Potsdam, Cheifitz again scored with less than a minute to go and gave Kean a 5-4 halftime lead.

The Fair Lawn native scored the only goal of the third period as the defenses dominated the second half. Cheifitz scored four-straight Cougar goals over three different quarters to nearly-single-handedly provide the offense, though he was assisted on his fourth tally by Anthony Carpenter.

Speciale scored a second time in the fourth, while goalkeeper Dino Vitale and the Kean defense held the Bears to just one second-half score with three minutes remaining in the matchup. Vitale made eight saves in the game. Criscitello (pictured left) also led the team with six groundballs.

Kean hung on to win and improved its season mark to 7-1, while Potsdam fell to 3-2 on the year.

The men's lacrosse team will return home on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against the University of Scranton at Kean Alumni stadium.