MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Ranked #9 nationally, Kean University scored three times in the last 8:27 to pull away from Eastern Connecticut State University, 5-0, in the Warriors' regular-season finale Tuesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
Kean (17-1), coming off a 2-1 win over No. 4 College of New Jersey, led 2-0 at halftime on the 21st and 22nd goals of the season from senior Krista LaMaina in the first 13 minutes of action, but the Cougars were unable to break through against sophomore goalie Madison Renaud (Somers) for the next 48 minutes before getting a pair of goals from Teresa Carr and one from Jenna Patrone in the final 8:27 to down the Warriors in the first meeting ever between the programs and finish the Warriors' home season at 4-4.
Renaud was making her collegiate debut after joining the team this week and practicing once in place of injured senior Maddie LaRusso (Enfield), who had started and played every minute through the first 14 matches. Renaud made six saves against Kean.
Kean outshot Eastern, 15-2 and was credited with all 11 of the game's penalty corners.
Eastern visits Westfield State University in the first round of the Little East Conference tournament Saturday at 3:30 p.m.