KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State men's lacrosse program raced past Western Connecticut State on Tuesday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex, as the Owls defeated the Colonials 19-4 to remain perfect in league play.
- Keene State: 9-4, 6-0 LEC
- Western Connecticut State: 6-8, 2-4 LEC
How It Happened
Keene State got off to a hot start with the Owls scoring the opening six goals, as senior Hunter Arnold struck in the opening minute to spark the six goal run. Western Connecticut State got on the board at the 4:48 mark, as John Ward connected with Eric Caldwell, as the first period ended with a 6-1 Keene State advantage.
The Owls extended their lead to eight in the opening minutes of the second quarter, as senior Jon Nassif, senior Paul Beling and sophomore Dave Wiedenfeld all found the back of the net to push the score to 9-1 with 5:45 remaining in the second stanza. The Colonials cut their deficit by one with an unassisted strike from Ward, but Arnold finished off a pass from Wiedenfeld to give the Owls a 10-2 advantage going into the break.
Keene State was able to outlast Western Connecticut State in the third quarter, as the Owls blanked the Colonials and held a 16-2 lead going into the fourth period. The two teams traded goals to open the final quarter, but Keene State scored back-to-back goals for a 19-3 edge, before Western Connecticut State capped off the scoring with a final goal with 56 seconds to go.
Inside the Crease
- For the Owls, Arnold registered nine points on three goals and a career-high six assists, while Nassif tallied four goals and picked up three ground balls. Freshman Matthew Lemke was dominant from the face-off 'x', going 13-for-16 and grabbing five ground balls, while junior Charles Molloy IV caused five turnovers and picked up three ground balls.
- Caldwell chipped in two goals, while Ward added one goal and one assist for the Colonials. Kevin Keisser recorded four caused turnovers and two ground balls.
- Between the pipes, Keene State saw four different keepers, with senior Mathew Howe earning the win with five saves. For Western Connecticut State, Perry Cassidy stopped seven and picked up five ground balls in the loss.
- The Owls held a 52-24 shot advantage over the Colonials and picked up 42 ground balls to Western Connecticut State's 17.
- The Owls will play their final regular season home contest and will celebrate Senior Day on Friday, April 27th, as Keene State hosts Southern Maine at 5:00 p.m.