Kean University, 9 (OT)
Farmingdale State, 8
UNION, N.J. – (4/22/06) Kean University's Dennis Lukacsko (Lincoln Park, N.J.) picked up a ground ball behind the net, drove to the right side and fired a shot into the upper corner to lift the Cougars to a 9-8 overtime win over Farmingdale on Saturday afternoon in men's lacrosse action. With the win, the Cougars improved to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in Knickerbocker Conference play, while the Rams dropped to 6-9 and 4-4 in the conference.
Farmingdale jumped out to a 2-0 first quarter lead behind goals by Jonathan Benish (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and Matt Ramacca (Baldwin, N.Y.). In the second period, the Cougars outscored the Rams 4-2 to tie the game at four at halftime. In the second, KU's Dennis Novello (Freehold, N.J.), Mike Tanis (Oak Ridge, N.J.), Steve Gill (Patchogue, N.Y.) and Lukacsko each scored once. For Farmingdale, Ryan LaFlare (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and Charlie McAleavey (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) each tallied goals.
The Rams got a goal from Kevin Sharkey (Bellmore, N.Y.) early in the third period to take a 5-4 lead and then late in the period the Cougars evened the score on a goal by Gill. The game remained tied until the fourth when Lukacsko scored a man-up goal to give Kean their first lead of the game. Just three minutes later the Cougars increased its lead when Brian Buttray (Lincoln Park, N.J.) scored off a feed from Lukacsko. However, Farmingdale quickly regained the lead scoring three goals in a span of 1:24 to take an 8-7 lead. During that barrage, LeFlare scored twice and Patrick Eustache (Queens, N.Y.) added the go-ahead goal. With just over six minutes left in regulation, Kean's long stick midfielder Chris Benz (Allendale, N.J.) picked up a loose ball and went to the net and scored to tie the game once again.
The teams traded scoring opportunities the rest of the way and Farmingdale almost won the game as regulation time expired. Farmingdale had control of the ball deep in their defensive end with eight seconds left when Chris Caine (Levittown, N.Y.) fired a length of the field pass that Ramacca finally picked up after a scrum and he found himself all alone in from of the Cougars net, but his shot was turned away by Dave Nichols (Florham Park, N.J.) as the horn sounded.
Farmingdale out shot Kean 47-44 in the game, while the Rams also won 14-of-20 face off's. Cougar goalie Nichols made 27 saves in net, while his counterpart Kevin Winters (Baldwin, N.Y.) had 15 saves.
The Rams play in Riverdale, NY against Mount Saint Vincent on Tuesday, April 25th at 4:00pm.
(Story by Jack McKiernan, Kean Sports Information Director)