BOSTON, Mass. (2/25/17) –Despite a hat trick from Matt Brodley and a 12-save second half by Ryan Sieb, the Kean university men's lacrosse team dropped a tight 9-8 matchup with Emmanuel College in its first action of the 2017 season on Saturday.
The Saints, who already had a game under their belt, are now 1-1. Tony Cibelli scored four goals for EC in the game.
After Mike Snellen opened the scoring in the game and Kean's season, the two sides traded goals in the first quarter to a 3-3 count after one period.
Kean' Brian Mills put the Cougars on top with his first goal of the season 2:05 into the second quarter. But Emmanuel responded with four unanswered goals to close out the half and take a 7-4 lead into halftime.
Sieb (pictured left) took over in goal for Kean after the break and was outstanding. He faced 14 shots in 30 minutes, allowed just two goals while making 12 saves in a duel with EC's Austin Rosenberg, who made 18 saves on the day.
After nearly 10 minutes of scoreless play to open the third, Kean cut the lead to 7-5 with a man-up tally by Brodley. Freshman Jack Bushey scored his first collegiate goal to pull Kean to within one at 7-6 with 3:18 to play in the third, but Cibelli responded by scoring two goals over the final 1:18of the quarter to increase the cushion to 9-6.
Brodley and Mills netted goals in the early minutes of the fourth quarter to pull Kean to within one at 9-8, but Rosenberg and the Saints defensive unit held the Cougars scoreless over the final 12:49 to notch the non-conference victory.
Kean will return home on March 1 in its home-opener against Ferrum College at 6:00 p.m.