KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State men's lacrosse program earned its sixth straight victory, as the Owls cruised to a 24-11 victory over Little East Conference (LEC) opponent Plymouth State on Wednesday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 9-3, 4-0 LEC
- Plymouth State: 7-4, 3-1 LEC
How It Happened
Keene State continued to have a balanced offense, as 12 different Owls found the back of the net, led by senior Bryan Rotatori with four goals and one assist. Senior Tyler Reilly followed with two goals and a season-high four assists, while junior Hunter Arnold, freshman Dave Wiedenfeld and Rob Hart each tallied a hat-trick, with Hart adding two helpers.
For the Panthers, Nicco Sorrentino led all players with six goals and one assists, while Mac Tetreault recorded three goals and two assists.
It took just over a minute of play for the Owls to strike first, as Rotatori connected with Reilly for a 1-0 lead, before Keene State continued to show their offensive ability with three-straight goals to gain a four-point advantage with 7:02 on the clock off an unassisted tally from Arnold. Tetreault finally broke through the Owls defense and found the back of the net for the first Plymouth State goal with 4:59 remaining on the clock, but Keene State extended its lead by registering five consecutive goals, spilling into the second quarter, as Reilly capped off the run with a goal with 10:19 remaining in the second stanza for a 9-1 advantage for Keene State.
The Panthers were quick to respond to the Owls, as Sorrentino stuck off a pass from Tetreault less than a minute later to cut their deficit, yet Keene State netted back-to-back goals from Wiedenfeld and junior Frank Bacarella. Plymouth State did not go away, as two straight goals kept the gap at seven, before the Owls finished off the quarter with a 3-1 advantage, going into the break holding a 14-5 advantage.
The Owls pushed its lead to double-digits when Rotatori scored the first goal of the third quarter and never looked back, outscoring the Panthers 7-2 as time expired in the third stanza. The Panthers would come as close as 12 in the remaining minutes, but Keene State finished off the wire to wire victory with a final goal from Wiedenfeld.
Inside the Crease
- With the win, Keene State rises to sole possession of first-place with a perfect 4-0 record in the conference.
- Rotatori is now four assists away from breaking the Keene State all-time assists record of 104, as the senior has 101 career-assists. Along with his five-point performance, Rotatori picked up two ground balls with one caused turnover and went 5-of-8 from the faceoff 'x'.
- Sophomore Steve Hamel scooped up a team-high six ground balls, while the Panthers' Adam Haversat grabbed a game-high 13 ground balls.
- Between the pipes, junior Mathew Howe made seven saves for the Owls, while J.J. Tinney and Jeff Bernard finished off the contest. For the Panthers, Jayson LaRiviere made 15 saves, while Charlie Harrington registered two.
- Keene State's 24 goals is the most the Owls have scored all season, as KSC held a 61-33 edge on shots over PSU in the game.
- The Owls will travel to Southern Maine on Saturday, April 22nd for a 3:00 p.m. LEC game against the Huskies.
- The Panthers will continue their road series when they travel to UMass Boston for a 3:00 p.m. LEC contest on Saturday.