PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Keene State men's lacrosse team swept the Little East Conference (LEC) weekly awards, the league office announced today, as senior Jon Nassif, junior Charles Molloy IV, senior Mathew Howe, and freshman Matthew Lemke collected honors for their outstanding performances. Over the weekend, the Owls won their fifth straight LEC title and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament.
Nassif earned the title of LEC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring 13 goals over two games to lead the Owls to their fifth straight LEC tournament championship. From Hanover, Mass., Nassif found the back of the net a career-high eight times, the third highest single game goals scored total in KSC history, in a 14-10 semifinal win over Plymouth State before totaling five goals with one assist in a 24-8 title game win over Eastern Connecticut State.
Molloy was named LEC Defensive Player of the Week for the third straight week after totaling nine ground balls and eight caused turnovers to lead the Owls to their fifth straight LEC tournament championship. A native of Guilford, Conn., the LEC Championship Tournament's Most Outstanding Player picked up eight ground balls and caused five turnovers in Keene State's 24-8 championship game win over Eastern Connecticut. This is the fourth weekly honor for Molloy.
Howe was named LEC Goalie of the Week for the third time this season after going 1-0 with nine total saves as the Owls claimed their fifth straight LEC tournament championship. From Bedford, N.H., Howe totaled five saves over the first 45 minutes of Keene State's 24-8 LEC title game win over Eastern Connecticut State.
Lemke garnered LEC Rookie of the Week honors for the second consecutive week and third time overall after winning 45-of-55 faceoffs and picking up 23 ground balls to help lead the Owls to their fifth straight LEC tournament championship. From Agawam, Mass., Lemke won 24-of-28 faceoffs and picked up 13 ground balls in a 14-10 semifinal win over Plymouth State before winning 21-of-27 draws and grabbing 10 ground balls in a 24-8 title game win over Eastern Connecticut.
Keene State will travel to No. 4 Amherst on Wednesday, May 9 for a 4:30 p.m. contest against the Mammoths in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
(Portions of this release courtesy of the Little East Conference)