KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State men's lacrosse program used a 7-2 advantage in the fourth quarter to defeat RPI, 18-10, in the Owls' home and season opener on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex in a non-conference contest.
- Keene State: 1-0
- RPI: 0-1
How It Happened
RPI raced out to a 2-0 lead with back to back goals in the opening five minutes, before Keene State answered with two strikes from seniors Paul Beling and Hunter Arnold to even the score at two. The Engineers regained the lead with two straight goals, as time expired in the first with RPI holding a 4-2 advantage.
The two teams traded goals to began the second quarter, before senior Jon Nassif found the back of the net off a pass from sophomore Dave Weidenfeld and Beling netted his second of the game to push the score to five each. From there, the Engineers would score one more, before the Owls went on a three-goal burst to grab a 8-6 lead. RPI would score one more before time expired, as the two teams went into the break with a score of 8-7, Keene State.
The Owls netted the first three goals of the third quarter off of efforts from sophomores Connor Nolan and Anthony Marcella, off another feed from Weidenfeld, to grab a four-point advantage. The Engineers would cut their deficit to two with a strike from Zach Lukas, followed by a goal from Tom Feenstra off a feed from Lukas to make it 11-9, Keene State, going into the fourth.
The Owls dominated the fourth quarter by firing off five-straight goals, capped off by a tally from Nassif with 7:20 remaining to the fourth stanza for a score of 16-9, Keene State. The Engineers halted the Owls' run with a goal from Kigar off a feed from Tyler Hancock, but Keene State recieved two goals from Beling and junior Bobby Carey to seal the win, as a late goal from RPI pushed the final score to 18-10, Keene State.
Inside the Box
- Nolan and Beling tallied four goals and one assist apiece to lead the Owls, while Arnold added two goal and two assists. For the Engineers, Lukas scored a game-high five goals and added one assist, as Cliff Kigar chipped in two goals.
- In net, Howe registered 17 saves for Keene State, as Smith and Doughty split time evenly for RPI with Doughty making a team-high nine stops.
- Keene State has won four of its past five home openers.
- Keene State will remain home for a matchup with Western New England on Tuesday, February 27th at 4:00 p.m.
- RPI will play their home opener against Monclair State on Saturday, March 3rd, beginning at 1:00 p.m.