KEENE, N.H.--Throughout the summer months, the Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation will be looking back at some of the top moments and milestones of the 2016-17 academic year.
At No. 7, we recall Rob Hart of the Keene State men's lacrosse team becoming KSC's all-time leading scorer.
Heading into 2017, Hart had 201 points, 80 shy of the program record held by Tyler McKelvie '16. Hart powered the Owls' offense to the tune of 57 goals and 26 assists for 83 points, to finish with 284 and overtake McKelvie on the Owls' scoring charts.
Registering a goal in every game save one, including seven games with at least four goals, Hart's 57 goals and 83 points led the Owls this season, as did his eight man-up goals and his 180 shots.
Through the first nine games of the season, Hart had just 21 goals and nine assists, but caught fire, starting with a five goal, two assist performance as the Owls upset No. 15 Bowdoin on the road.
Back-to-back-to-back hat-tricks against UMass Boston, Plymouth State, and Southern Maine furthered the cause, followed by five goals and one assist against Western Connecticut State.
Four goals against long-time rival Eastern Connecticut State sealed the Owls' fourth straight Little East Conference regular season championship, and the senior sniper added four more in a rematch with the Warriors in the semifinals of the LEC tournament.
Hart then exploded for six goals and two assists en route to LEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors as the Owls sewed up their fourth straight tournament championship and NCAA tournament berth.
Needing four points to break the record in the NCAA tournament opening round against Tufts, Hart wrote himself into the history books by scoring once in the third quarter and twice in the fourth, and broke the record by assisting on Tyler Reilly's goal with 11:53 left in the game.