Defense Leads Owls Past Beacons 17-1
BOSTON, Mass. 4/18/12 – With a strong defensive effort coupled with a team-best five points from Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) the visiting Owls of Keene State College (6-5, 3-1 Little East) defeated UMass Boston (2-10, 1-3 Little East) by the final score of 17-1 Wednesday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Field.
The one goal given up by the Owls is the fewest they have given up in a game since May 2nd, 1998, when KSC defeated Franklin Pierce 28-0.
"Defensively our whole unit played a great game," said KSC head coach Mark Theriault. "There wasn't one guy who stood out, they all played really well."
Jette led Keene State to their third straight win, second in conference play by tallying three goals and two assists. JT Galloway (Simsbury, Conn.) was also instrumental in the win as he too finished with three goals, while also adding one assist to his line.
Goalies Eric Palmer (Hineburg, VT) and Jack Rogers (Acton, Mass.) combined for the victory as the duo made a total of 12 saves respectively. "I was able to give each of them one half of action and I thought they both played really well," said Theriault.
Jette was also the Owls top groundball earner as he collected five in the contest, followed by Sean LeBlanc (Simsbury, Conn.), David Shaw (Acton, Mass.), and Christopher Pellati (West Islip, N.Y.) with four. Shaw was also the go-to face-off man for Keene State as he won nine of his 13 face-offs. "Shaw did a great job on face-offs for us today," said Theriault. "We hope to see more of that going forward."
Scoring the Beacons only goal in the contest was Donny Delpha. The freshman ended Boston's scoring drought in the third quarter on an unassisted play. The goal marked his 22nd of the year overall.
In goal Henry Bristol continued to make some huge saves for the Beacons as the freshman finished with 21 stops on the day.
On day UMass Boston finished 15-for-24 on clear attempts, while Keene State went 17-for-20 overall. Both teams were scoreless on man-up chances. The Owls led the contest in both shots and groundballs with 55 and 53 respectively. UMass tallied 21 shots and collected 25 groundballs.
Wednesday's contest got off to a physical start as official's flags went flying early. The afternoon's first goal did not come until the 10:07 mark of the first quarter on a man-down tally by Ian Hart, his 19th of the year.
From there Keene State would get off four more goals before the opening quarter came to a close. The second quarter saw a four goal showing from the Owls as they entered the halftime break with a 9-0 lead.
After the intermission, Delpha ended the one-sided scoring affair with the Beacons only goal of the day at 14:17 of the third quarter. Unfortunately that goal could not alter the momentum of Wednesday's contest as Keene State came firing back scoring the afternoon's final eight goals. All three of the Owls fourth quarter goals came within a 53 second window to secure the conference victory.
The Owls return to action on Saturday, as they will head to UMass Dartmouth for a 4 p.m. start.
(Courtesy UMass Boston Sports Information)