UNION, N.J. (3/1/17) – The Kean University men's lacrosse team allowed just one goal in the second half and erased an early deficit to top Ferrum College 9-5 in the Cougars' home opener on Wednesday.
A big reason for the Kean victory was Connor Baucom, who won 75 percent of his faceoffs - including 7-of-8 at one point. The Panthers went long stretches without ever touching the ball. Ryan Sieb made a dozen saves to earn his first collegiate win.
Kean was down 2-0 through much of the first period. Mike Snellen tied the score himself, with back-to-back goals at 1:37 and then at 0:09 to knot the score. Then, after another Baucom faceoff win, Alec Ramos quickly set up Matt Brodley for the go-ahead goal with one tick on the clock in an impressive first quarter finish.
Following the same pattern, Ferrum scored the first two goals of the second, but Kean responded with three unanswered scores to take a 6-4 lead into the locker room.
Brodley had two goals by halftime. Baucom (pictured left) was 9-10 on faceoffs in the first half, and even goaded the Panthers into giving Kean back-to-back man-up opportunities that the Cougars used to flip the score from 3-4 to 5-4 in the second quarter.
Ferrum scored first after halftime, but Seib made eight second-half stops to blank the Panthers over the final 24 minutes of gametime. Freshman Jack Bushey scored twice and fellow first-year player Cole Blackley netted his first goal as Kean played keep-away for most of the second half to win going away.
Brian Mills forced two turnovers and led all players not named Connor Baucom with three ground balls in the game as well. Ramos had a game-best three assists, and Jake Frankovits scored a goal for Kean.
CJ Asmus scored twice for Ferrum.
Kean will remain home and take on intrastate rival Centenary University this Saturday at 1 p.m.