UNION, N.J. (4/30/16) – Trailing by two with 94 seconds remaining, the Kean University men's lacrosse team rallied for three goals to stun Elizabethtown College in a 12-11 victory on Senior Day. Senior Ed Adams, who prevailed in 20-of-25 faceoffs on the day, won the draw with 14 seconds to go, sliced through the defense and buried his second goal of the game with four ticks to go to win it for the Cougars.
Fellow seniors Anthony Perrotta and Matt Speciale also tied for the team lead with two goals on Saturday. Perrotta added two assists and classmate Anthony Carpenter scored a goal and forced two Blue Jay turnovers.
It looked like Elizabethtown may have run away with the game after ending the first period with a 4-1 advantage. However, Kean flipped the script in the second quarter to knot the game, 5-5, at halftime.
Adams (pictured left) shook off a shaky start that included a few face-off violations for a scoop-and-score directly off a face-off to cut the lead to one at 8:11 of the second quarter. It was just the second goal of the year for the face-off specialist.
Four minutes later, Perrotta made a sick move to shake his defender and ripped a shot from 15 yards out to tie the game at five. Eric Talbot and Brian Mills also scored in the big second period for the Cougars. Speciale had scored the team's only goal of the opening quarter.
Joe Clark and Mike Specht had two goals each in the first half for the Blue Jays.
But the Blue Jays scored the next two to take an 8-7 lead into the final period.
Elizabethtown agonizingly maintained the advantage in the late stages of the game, as Kean rang two shots off iron in the final six minutes. EC scored to double their lead to two with 1:34 to go.
Carpenter (pictured right) came up huge for the Cougars: first, he scored an unassisted goal to cut the Kean deficit back to one with 1:16 to go in the game. Then, after the Blue Jays gained possession with the lead and just 33 seconds to go, he caused a turnover in the EC defensive zone, pounced on the ground ball and got it to Brodley to tie the game with 14 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing draw, Adams won his seventh-straight faceoff and raced down the field into history. After his game-winner the Kean faithful – the largest crowd of the year - were chanting his name from the stands.
Adams finished with 15 ground balls and won 20 of the last 22 draws in the game.
Senior Maxwell Fields made 10 saves for the Cougars in the victory.
Specht had a hat trick to lead Elizabethtown (11-5) on Saturday.
Kean (11-6) has clinched the four-seed in the Skyline Conference Championship and will take on top-seed Montclair State University on Wednesday in the Skyline Semifinals at 6 p.m. in Montclair.