UNION – Sophomore Nick Angrisani scored three goals and added an assist as top-seeded Kean University captured its first ECAC championship in 15 years with an 11-7 win over No. 3 Richard Stockton in the Division III Mid-Atlantic Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Sunday.
Senior C.J. Gannon tallied two goals and two assists to earn Most Outstanding Player honors for the tournament as the Cougars capped off a 14-6 campaign with their first ECAC since 1995 when current head coach Shelley Sheiner was a senior on that squad. It is Kean’s fourth overall ECAC title as the Cougars won Metro crowns in 1990, 1991 and 1995.
Seniors Matt Bell and Josh Dybus each had two goals for Richard Stockton, which closed out its 2010 campaign at 7-7. The Ospreys reached the title game by knocking off No. 2 seed Farmingdale, 15-14 in overtime on Saturday.
Kean scored the first five goals of the game, including three in the first period. Jazimar Bailey scooped up a rebound in front on the right side and flipped in a shot for a 1-0 Cougar lead with 3:18 into the contest. Kean would hang on to that lead until the final minute when it scored twice. Scott Leathem setup Angrisani with 1:05 left and Gannon’s goal with 19 second on the clock handed Kean a 3-0 lead after one.
Gannon would have a hand in the two second period scores as the Cougars extended their lead to 5-0. He assisted on Bailey’s goal with 12:43 left and the recorded his second. Stockton would finally get on the board as Wade Veselka found the back of the net, but Sean Bobal answered with 36 seconds before half as Kean took a 6-1 advantage into the break.
Matt Bologno pulled Stockton closer in the third with the period’s lone goal and Bell’s man-up tally 35 seconds into the fourth pushed the Ospreys closer at 6-3.
The Cougars would not let the lead get any closer and answered with a three-goal run to all but put the game away. Angrisani scored twice in a 49 second span and defenseman Brian McCormick added a goal of his own with 7:31 to go as the Kean lead was boosted back to 9-3.
Leathem finished with a goal and two assists for Kean, which posted its second win over the Ospreys this season. The Cougars downed the Ospreys, 11-2 back on April 8 in Pomona, N.J. Senior goalkeeper John Gesumaria made 10 saves while Andrew Rau was 10-of-13 on faceoffs with six ground balls.
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