UNION, N.J. (3/29/19) – Mike Snellen and Kyle Ryder both tallied hat-tricks as the Kean University men's lacrosse team scored four goals in the fourth quarter to comeback and defeat Manhattanville College, 10-8 on Friday evening.
Thomas Francy finished with a career-high 19 saves for the Cougars who improve to 5-2 overall. Nick Delia netted a hat-trick for the Valiants who fall to 5-3 overall.
Ryder was called upon early in the first quarter as Daniel Lee went down with an injury and didn't return. The sophomore helped the Cougars take a 4-2 lead with 7:31 remaining in the second quarter after notching two of his three goals during the quarter. Manhattanville netted three unanswered goals to take a 5-4 advantage into halftime.
The Valiants didn't surrender the lead until the fourth quarter when the Cougars scored four unanswered, including two from Snellen and one from Ryder. Manhattanville held an 8-6 lead with 10:31 remaining in the game, before Kean ripped off goals by Justin Arredondo and Snellen in less than a minute to even everything at 8-8.
Ryder would complete his hat-trick and put the Cougars back in front at 9-8 with 2:51 remaining. Snellen scored an insurance goal and completed his own hat-trick with under a minute to play as he netted a goal off a Ryder assist.
In tonight's game, Ryder eclipsed his goal, assist and points output for the entire 2018 season. The Congers, N.Y. native had totaled only two points on two goals last season.
Cole Blackley totaled two goals, while Arredondo finished with two assists and one goal. Tyler Roberto tallied two assists, while Jake Frankovits netted a goal. Snellen, Connor Baucom and Matt Palmieri all collected five groundballs apiece. Baucom was injured during pregame warmups and sat out the first half. He returned in the second half and went 7-for-11 on faceoffs. In his absent, Nick Moffa went 4-for-7 and Devin Eardley finished 3-for-4.
Head Coach Shelley Sheiner and the Cougars will return to action on Monday, Apr. 1st, hosting the Greyhounds of Moravian College at 5:00 p.m.