KEENE, N.H. - There are five chances to catch Keene State College athletic teams at home this week as the lacrosse teams wrap up their regular seasons, softball concludes conference play, baseball has a big week, and outdoor track and field competes at the Little East Conference/Alliance Championships next weekend.
It is a six games in seven days week for KSC baseball, and included within that stretch are three big conference games as the Owls look to nudge upward in the LEC standings and into the playoff picture. Keene State opens the week by traveling to Amherst College for a non-conference tilt on Monday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. before a conference tilt with Castleton University awaits the next day at 3:30 p.m. The Owls currently sit one and a half games behind the Spartans (5-6 LEC) for the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference and already fell to CU 3-1 earlier this year. KSC continues the road stretch at No. 10 Babson College on Thursday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. before weekend home games conclude the week. UMass Dartmouth will come to Owl Athletic Complex for a conference doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, and Clark University comes to town on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to finish up the week's slate.
Softball's condensed Little East schedule will be completed this upcoming week as the team looks to solidify a spot in the conference tournament, currently sitting at 5-5 and in fifth in league play. KSC will visit Eastern Connecticut State University for a rescheduled DH on Monday, April 22 at 4:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. before turning around and hosting Rhode Island College the next day beginning at 3:30 p.m. Two against Springfield College are scheduled for Wednesday, April 24 Thursday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. before the Owls play their last two LEC regular season games at UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, April 27 at 1:00 p.m. Keene State is currently one game ahead of seventh-place Western Connecticut State University and two behind third-place Plymouth State University.
Women's lacrosse will jockey for seeding in the upcoming week, as the Owls first entertain Plymouth State on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. PSU has a 5-0 league record and is in first, while KSC sits at 3-2 and in fourth place, one game ahead of their Saturday (April 27) opponent Eastern Connecticut, whom they will play at 12:00 p.m. in Mansfield, Conn. That contest could decide who has home field in one of the quarterfinal round games of the Little East tournament, which begins the following week.
Keene State, after clinching the No. 1 seed in the conference and at least a share of their seventh consecutive Little East Conference regular season title, will wrap up their regular season schedule with a visit to the University of Southern Maine on Friday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. The Owls have outscored opponents 119-34 during their six-game winning streak.
Outdoor Track and Field
After having eight winners in the Springfield Invitational, the men's and women's track and field teams will compete at the Little East Conference/Alliance Championships on Saturday, April 27 in Fitchburg, Mass., hosted by Fitchburg State University. Southern Maine has won the last four LEC men's titles, while Rhode Island College took last year's women's crown.