Who’s hot and who’s not in Kean Athletics
By Thomas Antonelle
Kean University relies on consistent academic results every year; however the start to the 2012-2013 year has solidified the Cougar’s presence over the entire spectrum of success.
Women’s Soccer: The Kean University women’s soccer team has kicked off this athletic season with one goal in mind; to win a championship.
The cougar’s, 5-1 overall, are boasting a 4-0 record at home, while only losing one game on the road.
Having shutout their opponents three times already, they have only allowed three goals against. All nine of the cougar’s conference match ups come at back half of their schedule, where they look to put themselves at the top of the rankings.
The squad utilized their home field advantage during the Cougar Classic earlier this month, but split the series when they took part in the Ninth Annual Stevens Engineering Cup.
Women’s Volleyball: Women’s volleyball have begun their season at 6-3 overall and they have no plans of looking back.
With a long season ahead of them and a 3-0 record at home, the cougar’s play 11 of 16 games at home during October.
Kean will host the Kean Invitational on October 12-13 and the Cougar Classic on October 19-20.
The Cougars will look to take advantage in this stretch of home games and add more wins to their already stellar record.
Field Hockey: The Field Hockey team is currently sitting at .500 overall with a 4-4 record. Freshman Katie DiCarlo was given the honor of New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.
The goalie is leading the New Jersey Athletic Conference in save percentage, which is a .864. One of the Cougar’s strengths looks to be their play on the road, where they are sporting their 3-1 record.
Having already played in their Spartan Tournament where they walked away with a win and a loss, the team will look to finish the rest of their season in standard games.
Women’s Tennis: After a rough season opener on the road, the Women’s tennis team followed up that performance with three straight wins.
With a 3-1 record overall, the Cougar’s will try to take advantage of their remaining five matches at home and their matchup in the NJAIAW Tournament next month.
Much of the success comes off the racquets of Junior Jaelynn Lee and Junior Debra Dress.
Men’s Soccer: Sitting at just over .500 on the season, the Men’s soccer team has come away with a win each in both the Sonny Carter Invitational and the Blue Jay Classic.
Having only played, and lost, one conference game, the squad will look to add tallies to that win column.
Football: Sophomore Erickson Simeon and John Londono have really started to shine early on in the season.
After a successful end to 2011’s football season in which the cougar’s were New Jersey Athletic Conference champions (NJAC), they have been off to a very disappointing start to the season.
They are currently sporting a 0-2 record and are still lacking a matchup thus far in conference play.
The Cougar’s, 0-1 at home, will look to claw their way back when they match up against The College at Brockport at home on September 22.