Kean Overcomes Slow Start to Defeat Rams
Kean University - 13, Farmingdale State - 9
Union, N.J. - Kean outscored Farmingdale State 9-4 in the second half en route to the 13-9 Skyline Conference win on Wednesday. The Rams suffered their first conference loss of the season and now stand at 6-4, 2-1, while the Cougars improved to 11-1, 2-0.
Farmingdale State jumped out to a 4-0 lead after scores by freshman midfielder Patrick Cowcer (East Northport, N.Y.), junior midfielder Donovan Devaney (East Northport, N.Y.) and a pair from freshman attack Tyler Rifice (Bohemia, N.Y.).
Trailing 5-1 with 7:36 remaining in the second period, sophomore attack Matt Speciale (Hillsborough, N.J.) tallied an unassisted score and sophomore midfielder Anthony Perrotta (Roseland, N.J.) followed with a man-down goal to pull Kean within two, 5-3. The Cougars added the final score of the half as Farmingdale State took a 5-4 advantage into halftime.
After senior midfielder Andrew Incantalupo (Shirley, N.Y.) put the Rams ahead 6-5, Kean answered with five straight goals to jump out to a 10-6 lead with 1:58 left in the third period. Devaney tallied an unassisted score with 39 seconds remaining to cut the Rams deficit to three.
Farmingdale State was outscored 3-2 in the final period as Kean capped off the comeback victory.
Kean was led by senior attack Richard Cheifitz (Fair Lawn, N.J.) who had a game-high six points on five goals and one assist.
Farmingdale State next will host Montclair State in a Skyline Conference game on Saturday, April 12th at 1:00 p.m.