PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Fresh off their seventh consecutive victory, senior Hunter Arnold, junior Charles Molloy IV, and freshman Matthew Lemke of the Keene State men's lacrosse program collected Little East Conference (LEC) weekly honors, after impressive performances in two victories, the league office announced today. The trio led the Owls to its sixth straight regular season title with a perfect 7-0 conference record, extending their regular season LEC win streak to 47 games, as Keene State earned the top seed in the upcoming LEC tournament.
Arnold was an offensive force for the Owls in the 2-0 week and was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Week. From Boxborough, Mass., Arnold tallied 14 points on eight goals with six assists and powered Keene State in outscoring their opponents 44-15. In a 19-4 win over Western Connecticut State, Arnold registered three goals and a career-high six assists, before scoring five goals in a 25-11 victory over Southern Maine. Arnold leads the LEC in points with 69 and goals with 47.
Molloy was essential to the Owls' backline during the two LEC wins to garner LEC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Against Western Connecticut State, Molloy caused five turnovers and picked up three ground balls, before registering three caused turnovers and five ground balls against Southern Maine, while contributing a goal in each contest. Against the Huskies, Molloy registered his 34th caused turnover of the season, becoming the all-time single season leader in caused turnovers. Molloy, a native of Guilford, Conn., currently ranks first in caused turnovers with 34.
Lemke earned the title of LEC Rookie of the Week, after being a key part of the Owls' fast starts in victories over Western Connecticut State and Southern Maine, as the freshman went 28-for-37 from the face-off "x" and picked up 17 ground balls. Lemke went 13-for-16 from the "x" and added five ground balls in the win over the Colonials, before scoring a goal, recording an assist, picking up 12 ground balls and winning 15-of-21 face-offs against Southern Maine. From Agawam, Mass., Lemke leads the LEC in ground balls with 90 and third in face-offs won, going 174-of-287.
The Owls enter the LEC tournament as the No. 1 seed and will have a first round bye, as Keene State will host the winner of the No. 4 Plymouth State and No. 5 UMass Boston on Thursday, May 3rd at the Owl Athletic Complex.