Keene State Clinches No. 1 Seed With 26-8 Victory Over Eastern Connecticut State

Keene State Clinches No. 1 Seed With 26-8 Victory Over Eastern Connecticut State

KEENE, N.H. - For the fifth consecutive season, the Keene State men's lacrosse finished with a perfect 7-0 record in Little East Conference (LEC) play to clinch the No. 1 seed, as the Owls cruised past the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors, 26-8, under the lights on Friday evening at the Owl Athletic Complex.

Records 

  • Keene State: 12-3, 7-0 LEC
  • Eastern Connecticut State: 7-9, 4-3 LEC 

How It Happened 

Senior Robert Hart and senior Bryan Rotatori each finished with four goals, while Hart added one assist and Rotatori tallied two helpers. Senior Tyler Reilly registered three goals and two assists. 

For the Warriors, Harrison Uda recorded a team-high four goals, while Nick Biasetti scored one goal and one assist, followed by Shawn Tierney dished out two helpers. 

Eastern Connecticut State jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage, as Ed Moran scored an unassisted tally and Biasetti grabbed a feed from Tierney, to give the Warriors the lead with 11:47 remaining in the first. Keene State quickly even the score, when Reilly connected with both junior Paul Beling and Rotatori. The Owls never looked back after that, as Keene State scored four more unanswered goals to earn a 6-2 edge as time expired in the first quarter. 

The Owls continued to outscore the Warriors in second quarter, as Keene State netted the first six goals in the second quarter, with Hart adding his first of the night and the duo of Reilly and Rotatori registering two apiece, to push KSC to a double-digit lead. Eastern Connecticut State would tally the last two of the quarter, as Keene State held a commanding 12-4 lead at the break. 

The two teams traded goals to open the third quarter, but the Owls finished off the quarter on a 6-1 run to remain on top, 20-7, at the end of the third stanza, before holding off the Warriors to just one goal in the fourth quarter to cruise to a 26-8 victory. 

Inside the Crease 

  • Sophomore Steve Hamel picked up a team-high seven ground balls, while Rotatori grabbed six ground balls and caused one turnover. Junior goalkeeper Mathew Howe registered nine saves between the pipes, while J.J. Tinney and Jeff Bernard stopped two and one, respectively. 
  • For the Warriors, Jesse Schulze scooped up a team-high seven ground balls and Trevor Ross picked up two ground balls and forced two caused turnovers. In goal, Chris Gorman started the game and made eight saves in 22:57 minutes of action, before Taylor Huta recorded five stops in 28:41 minutes of play. Jack Farrell came in for the remaining minutes and registered one save. 
  • KSC's first eight goals of the evening were all scored by different players with a total of 13 different Owls finding the back of the net in the contest. 
  • Keene State has now won nine straight contests and extended its LEC regular season conference win-streak to 40 games, with their last conference loss occurring in 2012. 
  • The full bracket can be found here.

Up Next 

  • The Owls earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming LEC tournament and have a first round bye, as Keene State will host the winner of the No. 4 Eastern Connecticut State and No. 5 Southern Maine on Thursday, May 4th at the Owl Athletic Compex. 
  • The Warriors will host Southern Maine on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup.