Late goals by Meehan lift Owls over Panthers 6-5
PLYMOUTH, N.H. 4/21/09 - Freshman Griffin Meehan (Simsbury, Conn.) made his only two goals count, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals 40 seconds apart midway in the fourth quarter giving Keene State a 6-5 Little East Conference victory over rival Plymouth State on Tuesday.
Plymouth junior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) scored back-to-back goals to give the Panthers their first lead of the game (5-4) at the 9:18 mark of the fourth quarter. Less than two minutes later, Meehan tied the game on an assist from Tony Santa Fe (Derry, N.H.) and netted the game-winner moments later.
"Rodney (Arganese) got me the ball on a fast break and all I had to do was put it in the net," said Meehan, who leads the Owls in scoring with 29 goals. "It wasn't pretty, but timely."
The Owls, who were held scoreless in the second quarter, struggled all game on the soggy Panther field. "I don't think we responded well to the weather conditions," said KSC Coach Mark Theriault. "The way we player, we didn't give ourselves many scoring opportunities."
Tied 2-2 at the half, KSC took a 4-2 lead on a pair of goals by Casey Brodersen (Derry, N.H.). Junior Matt Johansmeyer scored to make it 4-3 and Giroux followed with two more before Meehan settled matters.
Arganese (Trumbull, Conn.) and Jamie Lesage (Exeter, N.H.) also scored for the Owls (7-3, 5-1 LEC).
Sophomore Alec Corliss (Waltham, Mass.) finished the game with 15 saves for KSC. Sophomore Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) stopped seven shots for PSU (5-7, 3-3 LEC).
Keene State concludes its regular season at Southern Maine on Saturday.