TROY, N.Y. – The Keene State men's lacrosse program fell in a non-conference contest to RPI, 17-10, on Saturday afternoon at East Campus Stadium.
- Keene State: 1-1, 0-0 LEC
- RPI: 1-0, 0-0 LL
How It Happened
Senior Robert Hart led the way with a hat-trick for the Owls, followed by senior Bryan Rotatori with two goals, two assists and five ground balls. Junior Frank Bacarella chipped in two goals and one assist, as junior Hunter Arnold added one goal and two assists.
Matthew Gilman scored four goals with five ground balls for the Engineers, while Tom Feenstra and Breanainn McNeally each finished with four goals apiece. McNeally also dished out two assists, while JT Kelly added one goal and four assists.
The Owls were the first to get on the board with back to back goals from Paul Beling and Bacarella, before the Engineers fired back with two goals of their own to even the score. Keene State responded with three straight goals to make it 5-3 early in the second quarter, but RPI ignited for a four goal run to cap off the half and take the lead, as Keene State went into the locker room trailing 7-5.
RPI started the second half strong, as the Engineers scored eight unanswered goals to pull away from the Owls to make it 15-5 going into the fourth quarter. Keene State rallied in the beginning of the fourth stanza by scoring the first three goals to cut its deficit to seven, but RPI continued to pull away for the victory.
Inside the Crease
- The Owls only committed 14 turnovers, while the Engineers tallied 21.
- For Keene State, Mat Howe made eight saves in three quarters between the pipes, while J.J. Tinney had his collegiate debut in the final quarter with one save. For the Engineers, Gibbs finished with 18 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter.
- The Owls picked up 39 ground balls, while the Engineers tallied 42.
- Keene State travels to Medford, Mass. to battle No. 3 Tufts on Wednesday, March 8th, a non-conference matchup slated for 3:30 p.m.
- RPI will head to No. 4 Ithaca for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, March 4th.