Kean vs. Western Connecticut
March 12, 2011
The Game Story:
UNION, NJ (Mar. 12)– Sophomore midfielder Ryan Buerkle (Hillsborough, NJ / Hillsborough) and freshman attack Todd Petrone (Princeton, NJ / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) scored nearly two minutes apart in the fourth quarter as Kean University slipped past Western Connecticut, 8-6 at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Petrone finished with two goals while goalkeeper Lane Zierten (Washington Township, NJ / Washington Township) stopped seven shots as the Cougars won their second straight and improved to 3-1 on the season.

Junior attack Sean Macey (New Fairfield, CT / New Fairfield) scored three times and assisted on two other goals for the Colonials, who fell to 1-2 on the year.

Kean never trailed in the contest however the Cougars saw a 4-1 lead early in the third quarter evaporate as WestConn scored three times ti tie the game early in the fourth. J. C. Flaherty (Old Lyme, CT / Old Lyme) scored the first goal with 12:09 left and Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT / Ledyard) netted an unassisted tally with two minutes to play in the third before Macey’s first goal of the game 18 seconds into the fourth knotted the game at 4-4.

Kean would regain the lead less than a minute later as Petrone scored off an assist from Nicholas Cestaro (West Islip, NY / West Islip), however Macey answered 1:41 later to forge the second tie at 5-5.

A penalty on the Colonials led to Brad Mills’ (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) go-ahead goal with 9:50 play as Kean jumped back in front. But that lead would be short-lived as a Cougar penalty seconds later led to Macey’s man-up tally with 9:03 on the clock as the Colonials knotted the game at 6-6.

Buerkle’s goal with 5:31 left off a feed from Tom Clifford (West Islip, NY / West Islip) put Kean back on top to stay. Petrone then added what turned out to be an insurance goal with 3:29 remaining for the final margin.

Cestaro had two assists for the Cougars, who outshot WestConn, 41-19 in the game, including a 27-4 margin in the first half. Justin Lappen (Tolland, CT/ Tolland) had five face off wins while Bo Scavone (Franklin Lakes, NJ / Don Bosco Prep) and Petrone each had four ground balls.

Tyler Martone (Cheshire, CT / Cheshire) posted 10 saves for the Colonials. Eric Small (Glastonbury, Ct/ Glastonbury) was 10-of-15 on faceoffs while Brandon Marszalek (Somers, CT / Somers) added five ground balls. Tim Schweitzer (Babylon, NY / Babylon) led all players with seven ground balls.