DAVENPORT, Fla.- The Keene State College Owls (1-4) dropped their Spring Break opener to the No. 14 ranked Wesleyan University Cardinals (5-2) 11-8 Friday afternoon.
Both Birds (Owls and Cardinals) played lock-down defense in the first quarter, each conceding only a goal a piece.
Wesleyan turned it on late in the first half to prevent the Owls from getting too far ahead, scoring two goals of their own, but another Rob Hart goal sandwiched in between kept the Owls ahead 5-4 at the half.
Keene State tried to start the third quarter the same way they started the second, and managed to do so with another McKelvie goal just over two minutes in. Unfortunately that would prove to be the goal that woke the Cardinals offense, as they proceeded to rip off five straight goals including the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Junior attacker Matt Prezioso scored his fourth and fifth goals of the game during the Cardinal run.
Looking to stop the bleeding, Rob Hart bagged his third goal of the game, but the Cardinals matched. Again the Owls looked to make a run, with McKelvie scoring his third of the game with 7:26 remaining, but it to no avail as the Cardinals matched and ultimately closed the game with the final score at 11-8.
McKelvie and Rob Hart both had three goals for the Owls, with McKelvie also registering a game-high two assists.
Prezioso had a game-high five goals to lead the Cardinals.
KSC junior goalie Dylan Florian had an unbelievable day in the cage, making 22 saves on 33 Cardinal shots. The 22 saves were two short of the school record, set by Matt Johnson '08 against Western New England.
Keene State's opening stretch of top-tier opponents continues Sunday as the Owls face NESCAC opponents Hamilton at 1:00 PM in the final game of the team's Florida trip.
Wesleyan heads back home to take on SUNY-Farmingdale Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.