Ryan Foster provides all the offense in Western’s 6-4 loss to Kean

Box Score

DANBURY, CT (Mar. 3) — The Western Connecticut State University men’s lacrosse team opened the 2012 season with a 6-4 home loss to Kean University Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex, with all four Colonial goals coming from sophomore Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT).

Senior Raul Bourgeois (New Milford, CT), junior Andrew Bascom (Franklin, MA), and freshman Taylor Leahy (Marlborough, CT) each contributed one assist for the Colonials.

For Kean, sophomore Richard Cheifitz (Fair Lawn, NJ) scored twice, followed by single goals from junior Sean Bobal (Clinton, NJ), sophomore John Marcelli (Moorestown, NJ), junior Ryan Buerkle (Hillsborough, NJ), and sophomore Collin Harrity (Jamesburg, NJ).

Western started quickly with a goal from Foster in the game’s third minute, and a second tally midway through the first quarter.  Kean wasted little time getting one goal back when Harrity took the ensuing faceoff and raced through the Western defense to score the Cougars’ first goal, less than 10 seconds later.  Cheifitz scored both of his tallies to close out the first period, giving Kean a 3-2 lead.

Foster evened the score at 3-3 early in the second period, but two Kean goals put the visitors in front 5-3 at intermission.

Late in the third quarter, Foster connected on a shot that cut the Kean lead to a single goal.

Buerkle’s goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter turned out to be the game’s final marker, giving Kean a 6-4 win and a 3-0 record on the season.

Senior goalkeeper Tyler Martone (Cheshire, CT) made six saves for the Colonials, but suffers the loss, while junior Lane Zierten (Washington Twp, NJ) recorded nine saves to earn the win.

Western, now 0-1 on the season, returns to action on Friday, March 9th, when it hosts Maritime College in a make-up game rescheduled from February 29th.  A start time for Friday’s game has not yet been announced.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)

Kean University (1-0) vs. Western Connecticut (0-1)

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
Kean University.....  3  2  0  1 -  6
Western Connecticut.  2  1  1  0 -  4

Kean University SCORING: GOALS: Richard Cheifitz 2; Sean Bobal 1; John Marcelli 1; Ryan Buerkle 1; Collin Harrity 1. ASSISTS: Richard Cheifitz 1; Mike Sheehan 1.

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Ryan Foster 4. ASSISTS: Andrew Bascom 1; Raul Bourgeois 1; Taylor Leahy 1.

SHOTS - Kean University 34; Western Connecticut 30.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Kean University 12; Western Connecticut 13.

GOALIES - KEAN: Zierten 1-0 (60:00 minutes, 13 shots-9 saves, 4 GA); WCSUML: Martone 0-1 (60:00, 12-6, 6).