Men's Lax Rallies Past Richard Stockton, 8-7

GALLOWAY, N.J. (4/21/12) – The Kean University men's lacrosse team rallied from a late two-goal deficit to defeat Richard Stockton College, 8-7, in a pivotal Skyline Conference game on Saturday afternoon. 

With the win, the Cougars clinch the second seed in the upcoming Skyline tournament and will host third-seeded Farmingdale State on Wednesday, April 25, in the semifinals at 7 p.m.

The Ospreys opened the scoring as Wade Veselka and Vinny Gencarelli hit the net for a 2-0 lead after one period of play.

The two teams traded goals in the second quarter, as senior Nick Angrisani got the Cougars on board with the goals just 1:32 into the second period and junior Sean Bobal added a goal to pull Kean to within 3-2, before the Ospreys scored again to take a 4-2 lead at halftime. 

Kean opened the second half with three straight goals to take a 5-4 lead, as junior Ryan Buerkle, sophomore Richard Cheifitz and Bobal each had goals for the team's first lead of the game. 

The Ospreys tied the game with the final goal of the third period on the unassisted goal by Sean Harran, before Richard Stockton scored the first two goals of the final period to take a 7-5 lead.  Cheifitz had a hand in the final three goals of the game for Kean, as he first pulled Kean to within 7-6 with the unassisted goal, before assisting on the goal by Dylan Conte less than a minute later as Kean tied the game at 7-7 with 6:48 left.

Cheifitz (pictured left) then scored the game-winner off the assist from Angrisani with just under three minutes left, as Kean clinched the second seed with the 8-7, come-from-behind victory.

Cheifitz led the Cougars with three goals and an assist, while Bobal added a pair of goals.  Goalkeeper Lane Zierten made three saves in the first 49:15 of action, before Dino Vitale earned the win by making one save and allowing no goals over the final 10:45 of the game. 

Jonathan Foss won 13-of-17 faceoffs and picked up nine groundballs in the win.

Seven different Ospreys recorded goals, with Robert Krais having one goal and two assists to lead the offense.  Goalkeeper Noah Morris made 14 saves.