PORTLAND, M.E. - The Keene State College men's lacrosse team finished off their LEC regular season perfect, with a 23-11 win over Southern Maine at Hannaford Field.
- Keene State: 9-5 (8-0 LEC)
- Southern Maine: 6-8 (3-5 LEC)
How It Happened
It didn't take long for Keene State to establish their dominance on a rainy afternoon in Portland, Maine. Anthony Marcella started the offensive flurry for the visitors just over 90 seconds in, before Travis Hamilton quickly followed with a solo goal for the 2-0 lead. Joe Nutting then took a Connor Nolan feed and fired it home for the three goal edge, before the Huskies got on the board by way of Jake Schoenberg. At the 7:49 mark, Bobby Carey became the fourth different Owl to score when he took a Nutting pass and beat the USM netminder, before Marcella tacked on his second of the afternoon for a 5-1 advantage. Paul Leonardo then answered for Southern Maine to cut the lead to 5-2, before Carey scored his second goal on a man-up chance. Carey's goal started the six goal run by the Owls to end the first quarter, as Joe Nutting scored back to back goals, the first coming from a Dave Wiedenfeld pass and the second coming man-down. Michael Fritschy then got his name on the score sheet when he fired in a goal off another Wiedenfeld helper, Shane Molloy finished off a Marcella pass, and Connor Nolan added a goal off a Nutting feed to give KSC a commanding 11-2 lead after one.
The scoring slowed in the second quarter, as the KSC defense continued to shut down the Huskies attack, but it was the hosts who found the net first. Leonardo grabbed his second, before Keene State answered by way off a Jack Waldman pass to a Dave Wiedenfeld finish. USM then rang in two straight goals, as Tristan Dundas and Bryce Randall got on the score sheet. Nutting brought the lead back to 13-5 when he fired in an unassisted goal, and the sophomore finished the half in style with his fifth goal of the half, to give KSC a 14-5 lead.
Joe Nutting continued his fine performance as he opened the third quarter with his sixth goal of the game. Dundas answered for the hosts before Marcella grabbed his hat-trick to extend the lead to 16-6. The Huskies continued to battle, as Schoenberg and Leonardo scored two straight to cut the lead to eight, but Connor Nolan found the back of the net unassisted for the final goal of the third quarter, and a 17-8 KSC advantage.
With a comfortable lead, KSC kept their foot on the pedal when Shane Molloy grabbed his second goal off a Marcella feed. Charles Molloy IV then joined the goal scorers when he finished off a pass from fellow senior Bobby Carey and Marcella finished off his fourth from Wiedenfeld on a man-up chance. Southern Maine then got to double digits, as Joe Cullinan and Schoenberg fired in goals to cut the lead to 20-10. John Morgan then became the 10th Owl to score and Nutting scored his seventh goal of the game for a 22-10 edge. Schoenberg continued his impressive day for USM as he scored his fourth goal, and Nutting capped off an incredible day with his eigth goal. The Owls offensive firepower prevailed again, and Keene State finished off a perfect 8-0 LEC regular season with a 23-11 win.
Inside the Crease
- Nutting led the way with a career high eight goals, which is also the third highest single-game total in KSC history, he also added two assists.
- Marcella finished with four goals and two assists, Nolan and Carey both had two goals and one helper and Shane Molloy scored two goals.
- Jake Schoenberg led USM with four goals, Paul Leonardo added three goals and an assist.
- Chase Chamberlin picked up the win in net with three saves, J.J. Tinney had five saves. Alex Bonin recorded 15 saves in the loss.
- Charles Molloy IV led the Owls defense with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers and Steve Hamel followed with six GB's and three caused turnovers.
- Keene State outshot Southern Maine 60-31.
- Keene State locked up the number one seed and hosting rights for the LEC semifinals and final. The semifinals will be on May 3rd at the Owl Athletic Complex and KSC will play the winner of the 4/5 seed quarterfinal matchup with a time to be announced next week.
- Southern Maine will await results from Eastern Connecticut and UMass Boston, to see if they qualify for the LEC quarterfinals.