UNION – The #18 Montclair State University men’s lacrosse team held of a fourth quarter rally by Kean and defeated the Cougars, 7-6, Saturday evening in Skyline Conference action in front of a large crowd at Kean Alumni Stadium.
For the second straight contest, the Cougars fall by the final of 7-6, as Montclair defeated Kean in the Skyline Championship match last season by the same score.
Montclair State (10-3, 3-0 Skyline) controlled the first half as they headed into the break with a 5-2 lead, aided by a four goal second quarter. MSU’s Patrick Nann (Livingston) provided two goals in the span. Kean’s bright spot in the second quarter came as senior Jazimar Bailey (Hoboken) scored as Kean was a man down.
The Red Hawks then pulled ahead 7-3 in the third quarter as Mike Corsetto (Kinnelon) and Tyler Meth (Basking Ridge) recorded goals.
But Kean surged late in the fourth quarter as Mike Terry (Maplewood) scored off an assist from Anthony Bertucci (Edison) to put the score at 7-4. In the final minute of action, KU scored a quick goal by Bailey off an MSU turnover to pull within two. Just 14 seconds later and with 23 seconds to go, the Cougars pulled within one as Scott Leathem (Fair Lawn) took a pass from Bailey. After winning the final faceoff, Kean had one last attempt at tying the match, but the shot sailed wide for the final.
Keeper John Gesumaria (Cranford) had seven saves in the loss while Red Hawk keeper Andrew Rosado (Elmwood Park) made eight in the win.
Kean returns to action on Wednesday when they host Farmingdale State while Montclair heads to the College of Mt. St. Vincent on Monday.
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