Written by Andrew Capitelli (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Patchogue, NY| The St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's lacrosse team saw its inaugural season come to a close on Saturday evening after suffering a 16-12 loss to Kean University at home.
The Golden Eagles wrap their first-ever season with a 7-6 overall record and a 4-5 mark in conference play. The Cougars, who move to 8-4 on the year and 5-4 in conference play clinch the fifth seed in the Skyline Conference Championship.
In the final collegiate game of his career, senior Josh Shaw recorded three goals and four assists for a team-best seven points. Fellow senior Scott Reece and junior Brandon Riley both also recorded hat tricks.
Kean would tally the first goal of the game at 13:01, but Shaw's responding goal and Riley's hat trick ensured the hosts entered the second quarter with a 4-3 lead.
The Cougars responded with three-straight goals in the second, but consecutive marks by Reece knotted the game up at six with 7:07 to play in the half.
Mike Snellen would kick off a 3-1 run for the guests that resulted in the Cougars taking a two-goal lead (9-7) into the break.
After going goal-for-goal in the third the SJC deficit was just one (11-10) heading into the fourth, but a 5-0 run by Kean buried the Golden Eagles en route to a 16-12 victory.
Despite being credited with more turnovers (17-14), Kean held edges in shots (42-31), face-offs (19-12) and ground balls (32-26).
Shaw finishes the season as the team's top point scorer (60 points), and Reece scored a team-best 36 goals.