UNION, N.J. (4/24/13) - The Kean University Men's Lacrosse team used a 10 goal second half to help defeat Farmingdale State College, 15-5, to advance to the Skyline Conference Championship game Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars will now travel up the Parkway to face in-state rival Montclair State at noon on Saturday, with the Skyline Conference Championship and the Skyline Conference's automatic berth into the 2013 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament on the line.
Kean improves to 15-2 this season, setting a new single-season record for wins, besting the mark of 14 set three times in their history.
The Cougars opened the scoring 3:56 into the contest, as junior John Marcelli connected on an unassisted tally. The Rams (7-8) answered back with two goals of their own, as Matthew Finn and Donovan Devaney scored in a span of 1:15, with Finn connecting with a man up. Kean would knot the game at 2-2 following a goal by Dylan Conte ending the scoring in the first quarter.
The Cougars would score two goals in just 18 seconds to open second stanza, as Marcelli (pictured left) and Brad Mills found the back of the net. Andrew Incantalupo and Mills would trade goals over the final 2:47 of the second quarter to send the Cougars into halftime with a 5-3 lead.
After the teams traded goals to open the third quarter, Marcelli completed his hat trick with a tally at the 3:49 mark of the third period. The Cougars then went on a 4-0 run to end the third quarter on goals by Mike Sheehan, Richard Cheifitz, Conte, and Mills to give the Cougars an 11-4 advantage heading into the final stanza. The Cougars poured it on in the fourth quarter, tacking on three more goals, as Sheenan finished up a hat trick of his own. Over the final two quarters the Cougars outscored the Rams 10-2.
Conte finished with four goals on four shots, Mills finished with three goals and two assists, while Cheifitz finished with a goal and two assists. Dino Vitale and Lane Zierten combined to make seven saves, while Thomas Fallon and Ralph Fabiani made seven combined saves for the Rams.