KEENE, N.H.--A balanced scoring attack helped the Keene State College Men's lacrosse team cruised to a 21-6 victory over Salem State University on senior day at Owl Athletic complex Saturday afternoon. The victory clinches the regular season title for the Owls and assures them home-field advantage throughout the Little East Tournament.
It's the sixth regular season championship for Keene State, adding to titles won 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2013. The Owls have won tournament titles in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011.
Keene State started the game off with a bang, taking 20 shots in the first quarter on their way to nine goals in the first frame. The Owls scored seven straight, including Hart's two, before William Angell put an end to the Owl run at 2:52 remaining in the quarter.
Both teams bagged two more goals to bring the score to 9-3 at the end of the first quarter.
It was more of the same for the Owls in the second as they outscored Salem State 8-0 in the second quarter with a handful of players scoring their first or second goals.
Salem found something of a solution to the Owls' dominance in the third quarter, scoring first on a Max Gensenberg goal less than a minute into the quarter, then bagging another with 4:08 remaining in the quarter, all while holding the Owls goalless. Keene State broke through again when both Jeff Hathaway and Ryan Askham found the back of the net with less than four minutes remaining in the quarter.
Salem scored first again the fourth quarter when Andy Rice snuck one in early in the fourth, but two Martichuski goals to close out the quarter seals the score at 21-6.
The Owls got all four goalies into the game, and they combined to make nine saves for the home squad.
The top-seeded Owls will be off until the semi-finals Friday when they take on either Plymouth State or Western Connecticut, depending on the result of the quarter-final match played Tuesday.