AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Jon Nassif scored a team-high three goals, as the Keene State men's lacrosse team fell to No. 4 Amherst, 24-7, at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on Wednesday evening.
- Keene State: 12-5
- No. 4 Amherst: 15-3
How It Happened
The Owls struck first in the opening minutes of the game, as sophomore Connor Nolan connected with Nassif, who found the back of the net at the 13:58 mark. The Mammoths fired back by scoring four unanswered goals, before freshman Michael Fritschy struck to cut the Keene State defecit to two, as Amherst closed out the first stanza scoring back-to-back goals from Matt Solberg and Jack Norton to grab a 6-2 lead.
The Mammoths scored three straight goals to push the score to 9-2 in the first 2:02 minutes of the quarter, before sophomore Anthony Marcella finished off a pass from senior Paul Beling at the 12:58 mark, followed by a goal from Nassif off a feed from senior Hunter Arnold with 9:27 on the clock. Just eight seconds later, Amherst responded with a strike from Jon Coffey off a feed from Colin Minicus for a score of 10-4, Amherst. At the 7:45 mark, Arnold closed the gap to five with an unassisted tally. The Mammoths extended its lead to seven with two goals in nine seconds, but Nassif scored his third of the game to make it 12-6 at the 5:52 to go mark. A strike from Jackson Herrick and one from Coffey gave Amherst a nine-point advantage, before sophomore Dave Weidenfeld halted the Keene State scoring drought and got free in front of the cage off a pass from Marcella and struck for the Owls at the 1:19 mark. The Mammoths tallied the final goal of the second quarter to make it 15-7 at halftime, before cruising to victory in the remaining two quarters.
Inside the Crease
- Nassif led the Owls with three goals and three ground balls, while Marcella and Arnold added one goal and one assist apiece. Junior Steve Hamel caused a game-high four caused turnovers and picked up three ground balls, as junior JJ Downey caused two turnovers with five ground balls.
- For the Mammoths, Dylan Peabody registered a game-high four goals and four assists, followed by four goals, one assist, three ground balls and one caused turnover from Coffey and a game-high nine ground balls from Dylan Finazzo.
- In net, freshman Chase Chamberlin made a career-high 13 saves for Keene State, while Chad Simons stopped 11 for Amherst.
- The Mammoths held a slight edge in ground balls over the Owls, 39-36, and held the advantage in shots, 60-31.
- Keene State finishes their 2018 season with 12 wins for the fourth time in program history.