KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College men's lacrosse team has emerged as the No. 14 team in the third NCAA North Regional Ranking, it was announced today.
After missing out on a spot in the first two regional rankings of the 2017 season, the Owls (12-3) are one of two public colleges among the 15 teams in the ranking, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont. The final regional ranking comes out on Sunday, May 7.
Offensively, the Owls are led by senior Rob Hart (44 goals, 19 assists, 63 points), along with junior Hunter Arnold (41-18-59), senior Bryan Rotatori (31-22-53), senior Tyler Reilly (34-12-46), junior Frank Bacarella (22-17-39), and junior Paul Beling (16-11-27).
As a team, Keene State averages 17.60 goals per game, the third highest scoring team in the country, and have an average margin of victory of eight, the eighth best total in the country. Keene State has won nine straight games, averaging 20.7 goals per game during that stretch,
On defense, KSC's back line is manned by senior Mike Wiedenfeld (23 ground balls, 26 caused turnovers) and senior Tom Jenoski (22 GB, 14 CT) while junior goalie Mat Howe has started all 15 games, making 103 saves.
Keene State wrapped up its fourth consecutive Little East Conference regular season championship, and the top seed in the LEC tournament last week. The Owls will host Eastern Connecticut State University in one of the conference semifinals on Thursday night at 6 p.m.