ORLANDO, Fla. - Led by a career-high five goals from junior Hunter Arnold, the Keene State men's lacrosse program used a 5-4 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to deal Nichols its first loss of the season, 12-10, on Monday evening at the Northeast Regional Park.
- Keene State: 2-2, 0-0 LEC
- Nichols: 4-1, 0-0 CCC
How It Happened
Along with five goals and one assist from Arnold, senior Tyler Reilly and junior Frank Bacarella each notched two goals, while Reilly added two helpers. Junior goalkeeper Mat Howe stopped six in the contest over 60 minutes of action.
For the Bison, Paul Tessier earned a hat-trick, followed by two goals from Tyler Sikich, as Brian McKinley made a season-high 20 stops between the pipes.
After a 3-0 Keene State run to open the first quarter, Nichols responded with two goals of their own before senior Bryan Rotatori gave the Owls a 4-2 advantage going into the second stanza. The two teams battled in the second quarter, as the Bison's Brayden Carroll scored the only tally to send each side into the half with Keene State holding a 4-3 edge over Nichols.
The Bison found their first lead of the game, 5-4, with a man-up goal with 7:43 remaining in the third, but Keene State used two straight goals from Arnold and Bacarella to switch the lead in favor of the Owls. The two teams traded goals to finish the third quarter, with Keene State holding a 7-6 lead.
Notched at 9-9 with 9:20 left in the fourth quarter, Bacarella found the back of the net just a minute later to give the Owls a one-point edge, before Arnold added an unassisted goal with 4:07 on the clock to extend Keene State's lead to two. The Bison answered with a goal of their own to cut their deficit to one, but the Owls thwarted a comeback, as Arnold sealed a two-point win with the final tally with 2:36 remaining.
Inside the Crease
- The Owls outshot the Bison with a 55-31 advantage, as Arnold led the way with 16 shots and nine attemps on goal. Keene State also held a slight 26-25 edge in ground balls.
- Junior Greg Shawinsky grabbed a game-high six ground balls and earned 16-26 draw controls.
- The two teams have met just two times, with Keene State topping Nichols in both meetings.
- The Owls will aim to go 2-0 in Florida, when they return to the Northeast Regional Park to play Hamilton on Wednesday, March 15th at 7 p.m.
- The Bison will play Berry (GA) on Thursday, March 16th at 5 p.m.