BOSTON, Mass. - Led by a career-tying eight points from sophomore Dave Wiedenfeld, the Keene State men's lacrosse team continued their Little East Conference (LEC) success, as the Owls upended the University of Massachusetts Boston, 20-10, in a league contest on Saturday afternoon.
- Keene State: 8-5, 5-0 LEC
- UMass Boston: 7-7, 2-3 LEC
How It Happened
Neither team could find the back of the net in the opening minutes of action, until Joe Mauceri broke the scoring drought with an unassisted tally from UMass Boston at the 9:46 mark. From there, Keene State scored four straight goals as senior Jon Nassif finished off a feed from freshman Michael Fritschy to start the run. Senior Paul Beling netted an unassisted goal to give the Owls the 2-1 lead, before Weidenfeld found senior Hunter Arnold and Beling connected with Nassif to push the score to 4-1 as time expired in the first period.
Keene State scored the first goal of the second quarter, as junior Bobby Carey fired off a pass to Fritschy to extend the Owls' advantage to four. The Beacons responded by scoring back-to-back goals as Conor Lenfest set-up both Ned Parker and Clay Arnold's goals to cut UMass Boston's deficit to two, before Keene State closed out the stanza with three unanswered goals. Nassif sparked the run again, when the senior attacker finished off a feed from Wiedenfeld, followed by strikes from sophomore Connor Nolan and junior Mitch Hale, assisted by Wiedenfeld and Arnold, respectively, as the Owls held a 8-3 lead going into the locker room.
The two teams traded goals to begin the second half, but Keene State held on to their lead with a 4-1 advantage to finish off the third quarter with a 13-5 edge. The Owls extended their lead into the fourth quarter, scoring six straight goals to open the fourth stanza and ultimately finishing the contest by outscoring the Beacons, 7-5, to seal the 20-10 victory.
Inside the Crease
- Wiedenfeld led all players with eight points off of two goals and six assists, while Beling registered four goals and two helpers, followed by Nassif with four goals and one assists. From the face-off 'x', freshman Matthew Lemke went a season-best 19-for-22 with 14 ground balls and three caused turnovers.
- For the Beacons, Parker recorded a team-high five goals and one assist, while Lenfest chipped in a hat-trick and two helpers.
- Senior Matthew Howe stopped six in the win, while Alex Fawcett registered 14 saves in the loss.
- Keene State rattled off 62 shots to UMass Boston's 30 and held a 52-32 edge in ground balls over the Beacons.
- Wiedenfeld leads the LEC in assists with 32 on the season, while Arnold tops the LEC in goals with 39.
- Keene State will welcome Western Connecticut State in a mid-week league game, as the Owls host the Colonials on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m.