KEENE, N.H. - Led by five goals and one assist from senior Tyler Reilly, the Keene State men's lacrosse program raced past Colby, 17-10, on Wednesday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex in a non-conference contest.
- Keene State: 4-3, 0-0 LEC
- Colby: 1-6, 1-3 NESCAC
How It Happened
Keene State jumped on the board quickly with 13:47 remaining in the first quarter, as senior Bryan Rotatori connected with Reilly, to take an early 1-0 lead, before Colby responded with one of their own. The two teams traded goals to finish the quarter, as the Owls held a 3-2 lead at the end of one.
The Mules tallied the first goal in the second stanza to tie the score at three, before Keene State netted three goals in under thirty second to grab a three-point advantage with 11:04 to go on the clock. Back-to-back goals from Colby brought the visitors within one, but Rotatori set-up senior Robert Hart and junior Jon Nassif connected with junior Hunter Arnold to close out the quarter and bring the Owls' lead back up to three going into the locker room.
Keene State pushed its advantage to double digits between the third and fourth quarters by scoring seven unanswered goals, capped off by a goal from freshman Anthony Marcella with 11:22 to go in the fourth stanza. Colby outscored Keene State 5-2 in the remaining minutes, but the Owl ran away with the 17-10 victory.
Inside the Crease
- Along with Reilly's six-point performance, Arnold scored four goals and one assist. Rotatori went a season-high 15-of-16 from the face-off "x" and grabbed eight ground balls, as senior Ryan Askham picked up eight ground balls.
- Junior Mathew Howe registered seven saves over 57:10 minutes of action, while freshman J.J. Tinney made three stops.
- For the Mules, Kevin Seiler and Lane Kadish each scored two goals, as Austin Sayre scored one goal with two assists. Colby goalkeeper C.J. Layton recorded a career-high 21 saves in the loss.
- The Owls held a 44-28 advantage in ground balls and won 22-of-30 face-offs.
- Keene State won the past four straight meetings against Colby and now holds a 4-3 advantage.
- The Owls will travel to UMass Dartmouth for their first Little East Conference matchup on Saturday, April 1st at 1:00 p.m.
- The Mules will head to Wesleyan on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.