April 19, 2014

Balanced offense helps Owls fly by Huskies 18-2

Keene, N.H. - 12 different Keene State College men's lacrosse players registered either a goal or an assist Saturday for the Owls on the way to a lopsided 18-2 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies at Owl Athletic Complex.

Freshman Rob Hart led the way for Keene State with five goals on eight shots, while classmate Tyler Reilly had four goals of his own. He was also one of four Owls to register a pair of assists.

The Huskies' defense was strong throughout the first quarter, limiting the Owls to just two goals in the first 19:42. The Owls, though, were able to produce two quick scores in the final 20 seconds to bring the score to 4-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a different story for the Owls. Before a goal by Southern Maine's Seth Wing with 39 seconds remaining in the half, the Owls scored nine unanswered goals, including three on the man-up.

The Huskies tacked another goal on the board with 9:18 left in the third quarter for the first goal of the second half, but it would be their last goal of the game as the Owls would go on a 5-0 run from there to close it out.

Brooks Billingham, Ryan Hart, and Bryan Rotatori each had a pair of goals for the Owls, while Tyler McKelvie, James Dowd and Nick Dingee.

Wing and Burleigh Desjardins were the only Huskies to find the back of the net.

The Owls were dominant on defense, forcing Southern Maine into 13 turnovers while scooping up 19 ground balls. They were also a perfect 24-for-24 on clear attempts.

Keene plays their next game at home for the regular season finale the 26th against Salem State.

(Courtesty Plymouth State Sports Information)