DANBURY, Conn. - It was a record-breaking evening for Bryan Rotatori, as the senior attackman broke the Keene State school record for career assists and the Keene State men's lacrosse program took down Western Connecticut State, 23-4, in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest at the Westside Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 11-3, 6-0 LEC
- Western Connecticut State: 6-8, 2-4 LEC
How It Happened
Senior Robert Hart, the reigning LEC Offensive Player of the Week, paced the Owls with five goals and one assist, as junior Hunter Arnold followed with a six-point performance with four goals and two helpers. Senior Tyler Reily also added three goals and two assists.
For the Colonials, Christian Sparacino finished with two goals, as Eric Caldwell and Ryan Reuling each tallied one goal.
The Owls led start to finish, as Keene State raced out to a 5-0 lead, as Hart scored a hat-trick in the opening minutes, followed by strikes from Reilly and rookie Anthony Marcella. Sparacino halted the Owls' run with an unassisted goal for the Colonials, but Keene State fired off two more to end the first stanza with a commanding 7-1 lead.
Western Connecticut State opened up the second quarter by cutting their deficit to five, but Keene State responded by showing off their offensive strength, rattling off five straight goals powered by Hart and Arnold. The Colonials got a strike from Sparacino off a feed from Johnnie Ward to make the score 12-3, KSC, but the Owls scored back-to-back goals to close out the half and gain a double digit lead.
Keene State outscored Western Connecticut State 9-1 in the remaining half to lead the Owls to their eighth straight win.
Inside the Crease
- Rotatori's three assists today lifted the senior over the previous Keene State record of 104 assists set by Tony Santa Fe (2006-09), as the attackman now has 105 career assists with 20 assists this season. Rotatori also holds the season-single record in assists with 36, set during the 2016 season.
- The Colonials' Ryan Yursha won 17-of-29 from the faceoff 'x' and picked up a game-high six ground balls, but the Owl held a dominant 61-16 edge in shots.
- Junior goaltender Mathew Howe made five saves for Keene State before J.J. Downey, Jeff Bernard and Cameron Eddy all saw time between the pipes with one save apiece. For Western Connecticut State, Patrick Tynan made 11 stops in 45 minutes, followed by Zach Craybass with five saves in the remaining 15 minutes.
- The two teams hold an all-time series of 16-1, with the Owls holding the advantage with 11 straight wins.
- With the win, Keene State pushed its conference-winning streak to 39 games.
- Keene State will play their final regular season game on Friday, April 28th at the Owl Athletic Complex, as the Owls will host Eastern Connecticut State at 7:00 p.m., beginning with a Senior Day celebration.
- Western Connecticut State will host Plymouth State on Friday at 3:00 p.m.