PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Highlighted by sophomore Joe Nutting (LEC Offensive Player of the Year), senior Charles Molloy IV (LEC Defensive Player of the Year) and head coach Mark Theriault (LEC Coach of the Year), the Owls placed nine student athletes on LEC All-Conference Teams.
Nutting (Amherst, N.H.) was named LEC Offensive Player of the Year and to the first team after his first season with the Owl lacrosse program. He led the well-balanced KSC offense with 45 goals. The sophomore was second on the team with 66 points and came on big for the Owls later in the season, having scored six goals in the win over Western Connecticut State University and eight in the win over the University of Southern Maine. Nutting compiled six goals and six assists in the LEC playoffs for KSC and extended the LEC OPOY run for Keene State attackers to seven straight years (Ian Hart 2013; Tyler McKelvie 2014, 2015, 2016; Brian Rotatori 2017; and Hunter Arnold 2018). The sophomore is also the 10th KSC player to receive the award, as Joe Branciforte (2004), Eric Momnie (2005), Sean Panora (2006-2007), Tony Santa Fe (2008), and Griffin Meehan (2010-2011).
A starter in all 17 games, Molloy IV was named LEC Defensive Player of the Year and to the all-conference first team for the second consecutive season. Molloy became the fourth player in LEC history to receive the honor in back-to-back seasons. The senior picked up 71 ground balls and caused 21 turnovers in leading the KSC back line to a 6.25 goals against average in conference play. Molloy finished his career number two in KSC history in caused turnovers with 85 and is the fourth KSC player to receive the DPOY award, as Matt Johnson (2006, 2007, 2008), Sean LeBlanc (2011), and Mike Curley (2014) also were winners.
Juniors Dave Wiedenfeld (Londonderry, N.H.), Connor Nolan (Plymouth, N.H.) and Anthony Marcella (Hull, Mass.) were named to the All-LEC First Team in 2019. Marcella picked up his second consecutive first team award after the junior aided the KSC offense with 24 goals and 20 assists on the season. Nolan picked up his first LEC First Team honors after being named to the second team in 2017 and 2018. The junior scored 25 goals with 13 assists in 2019, with his best performance coming in the LEC championship game, scoring a double hat-trick with an assist. He was named tournament Most Outstanding Player for his efforts in the final. Wiedenfeld picked up his first postseason honors with the first team call. The junior led Keene State in points with 73 (34 goals and 39 assists), and also broke the KSC single-season record in assists.
Senior JJ Downey (West Islip, N.Y.) and sophomore Matthew Lemke (Agawam, Mass.) were also named to the LEC First Team. Downey picked up a first team nod as a short stick midfielder for the second consecutive year following his strong all-around efforts. He finished the 2019 season with 37 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, and chipped in six goals and three helpers. Downey ended his career third all-time in ground balls with 183 and fourth all time with 57 caused turnovers in KSC history. Lemke picked up his second consecutive first team nod as a specialist. The sophomore was dominant from the faceoff circle winning 171-of-271 while picking up 101 ground balls.
Seniors Gabe Cormier (Acton, Mass.) and Steve Hamel (Southington, Conn.) were named to the All-LEC Second Team, with Hamel picking up second team long stick midfielder for the second consecutive season. Hamel finished the year with 50 ground balls and a team-leading 26 caused turnovers. The senior finished his career number one all time in KSC history with 89 caused turnovers. Cormier picked up his first postseason honors in a strong senior season that saw him finish with 21 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers. His 57 caused turnovers put him fourth all-time on the KSC list.
Sophomore goalie Chase Chamberlin was named to the All-LEC Second Team after his strong campaign in net. He finished the year 10-3, making 98 saves while adding an impressive 8.81 goals against average.
Head coach Mark Theriault was named LEC Coach of the Year for the eighth time overall and the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Theriault led the Owls to their sixth straight LEC title and has won 55 consecutive regular season LEC contests. He has now won Coach of the Year honors in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019.
In 2019, the Owls won their seventh consecutive LEC regular season title and sixth straight tournament title while finishing 11-6.