SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Keene State College men's lacrosse team dropped their second game of the 2019 campaign, 17-9, at Western New England University on Thursday afternoon at Golden Bear Stadium.
- Keene State: 0-2
- WNE: 2-0
How It Happened
The Golden Bears started off hot, scoring the first three goals of the competition, with the first coming from Jared Newall. Matt Greer and Jared Ward answered quickly after for WNE, before the Owls got on the board by way of an Anthony Marcella goal to make the score 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.
WNE extended their lead in the second quarter when Mike Bannon fired one into the net, followed by a Nick Gamba unassisted tally. KSC cut the deficit when Dave Wiedenfeld scored off a feed from Connor Nolan with 8:12 to go in the second quarter. The goals kept pouring in when John Shahpazian scored two straight in a 30 second span, and Jared Ward added his second of the day to give the Golden Bears a 9-3 lead heading into halftime.
The Golden Bears outscored the Owls 7-0 in the third quarter before KSC rung off four straight to start the fourth quarter. Justin Norris scored his first of the day off a great pass from Wiedenfeld. Marcella picked up his second, followed by a Bobby Carey finish on a man down opportunity. Shane Molloy added his first goal of the season to cut the lead to 16-7. WNE extended their lead back to double digits when Noah Rust scored off a Tim Breau feed. With 2:44 to go, Joe Nutting scored to get back one for the Owls off a pass from Carey. Nutting then scored the last goal of the contest with 25 seconds left, but the Owls ultimately fell short 17-9.
Inside the Crease
- Jared Ward led WNE with three goals and two assists, while Jared Newall added three goals and Mike Bannon finished with two goals and two assists.
- Marcella and Nutting both finished with two goals.
- Sean McCusker led the game with nine saves for the hosts, while JJ Tinney had six for KSC.
- The Golden Bears won 20 faceoffs to the Owls' 10.
- WNE outshot KSC 42-35, with the shots on goal finishing 24-19 in favor of the Golden Bears.
- Keene State travels to Tufts University in a mid-week non-conference game, as the Owls play the Jumbos on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
- WNE hosts Amherst on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.