UNION, N.J. (9/30/15) – Sophomore Kaitlyn Pallitto scored a career single-game high three goals in an 8-0 win over New Jersey City University.
Kean (5-4-1, 1-1-1 NJAC) opened up the scoring in the sixth minute with a goal from Pallitto, her first of the night. Pallitto moved around the keeper for an open net on a give and go pass from Gabrielle Cucinotta.
Pallitto scored again eight minutes later on a breakaway down the left side of the field off a feed by senior Angie Lopez. Pallitto remained in the scoring action just three minutes later, this time for an assist on the third goal of the night. Pallitto passed to Cucinotta on the left side of the field for an open net goal.
The Cougars kept the momentum going two minutes later when Pallitto scored the fourth goal for Kean, resulting in her first career hat trick. Pallitto put away the ball into the left corner of the net after collecting the ball in the box off a deflected save, originally shot by Brittany Birth.
In the 28th minute, Emily Jurcsek tapped the ball in past the goalie for the Cougars fifth goal, assisted by Gabrielle Azzari. Ten minutes later, Grace O'Brien shot and scored a soft liner from 45 yards out, up and over the keeper's head out of reach. Cucinotta beat out the keeper and finished on the right side for an open net on an easy give and go from B. Birth to end the first period.
The second half started off quiet for the Cougars, but they closed out what would be the final marker in the 71st minute. Deanna Columbia scored her first goal of the season off a corner-assisted by Sabrina Sirni.
The Knights (3-5-1, 0-2-0 NJAC) came alive in the second half, but could not get on the board. Cassie Lubonski played all 90 minutes in goal for NJCU and recorded 12 saves.
Two goalkeepers got in front of the net for the Cougars to preserve the fourth shutout of the season. KC Nunez started the night playing 25 minutes and recording one save on the evening. Lauren Healey (pictured left) was credited with her first win of the fall with five saves playing 65 minutes.
Kean held a 29-11 advantage in shots and also led in corners, 5-1.
The Cougars hit the road Saturday, October 3rd to continue conference play against Rutgers-Camden at 1:30 p.m.