UNION, N.J. (3/26/14) – The Kean University men's lacrosse team used another stellar defensive effort and seven combined goals by Richard Cheifitz and John Marcelli to beat the University of Scranton 8-5 on Wednesday. Kean is now 8-1 on the year, while the Royals fell to 5-4 on a bitterly cold night at Kean Alumni Stadium
Cheifitz (pictured left) started the scoring with an assist from Anthony Perrotta less than three minutes into the game. Anthony Lombardo evened up the score at 5:41 for Scranton with an assist from John Gregitis.
With just seven seconds remaining in the first, Matt Speciale fed Marcelli in front. The senior made a nifty move to split a double-team and his bouncing shot gave Kean a 2-1 lead to start the next quarter.
Cheiftiz and Speciale hooked up for a goal at 12:14 of the second, but the final dozen minutes expired without another score. Both defenses were playing well; Kean forced 9 of Scranton's 14 shots away from their cage and goaltender Dino Vitale stopped four of the other five in the first half.
Cheiftiz and Perrotta scored a pair of unassisted goals to start the third, and staunch defending helped the Cougars keep Scranton off the board for a total of 30 minutes of gametime. The Royals eventually scored two quick goals, but Cheiftiz came flying in fully horizontal to score and quell any momentum that the visitors may have had in the third period.
Alec Mikrut scored with 11:30 to go in the game to trim the Cougar lead down to 8-5, but Kean's defense retuned to its dominant ways after the 10-minute hiccup and neither side scored the rest of the night. Kean won despite a 13-4 faceoff deficit, and Vitale stopped 12 Royal shots. Speciale assisted on four Kean goals.
The Cougars will head to Warren Hills High School on Saturday for an intrastate matchup with Centenary College at noon.