MONTCLAIR, N.J. (4/12/17) – Senior Brian Mills scored a career-high six goals as the Kean University men's lacrosse team was edged by first-place-occupying Montclair State University 14-9 on Wednesday night.
Montclair State registered its sixth straight win and got back to the .500 mark at 6-6 while remaining perfect in the Skyline Conference at 6-0. Kean is also at 6-6 overall, 4-3 in conference play.
Matt Haemmele, who finished with five goals and three assists, had a hand in five of Montclair's seven goals in the first quarter when the Red Hawks stormed out to a 7-1 lead.
Forrest Terpe snapped MSU's 6-0 run to open the game with 15 seconds left in the first, but Montclair ripped a shot from the right wing into the back of the net six seconds later to earn a six-goal lead again.
Mills connected twice 1:13 apart early in the second, and scored again with 6:14 to go, trimming the lead to 9-4. Alec Ramos added a goal and Mills' fourth of the half pulled the Cougars within 9-6 at the break.
Montclair scored the only three goals of the third quarter, however, effectively putting the game out of reach. Mills scored twice for Kean in the fourth, but the Cougars fell by the 14-9 margin. Mills' six goals came on just seven shots.
Ryan Sieb (pictured left) made 14 saves and led the team with six ground balls in the game. He and Tyler Randolph were the only Kean players to force Red Hawk turnovers. Lucas Kiernan picked up an additional four ground balls.
The Cougars will next head up to Castleton University this weekend for a weekend in Vermont. Kean will take on the Spartans at 1 p.m. and Saturday.