KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State College men's lacrosse team used a 10-0 run, while Dave Wiedenfeld had a single game record eight assists, to power past UMass Boston 19-5 at the Owl Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon.
- Keene State: 2-4 (1-0 LEC)
- UMass Boston: 1-6 (0-1 LEC)
How It Happened
The Owls used strong offensive performances from Dave Wiedenfeld, Anthony Marcella, Shane Molloy and Jordan Caito to run past UMass Boston 19-5 in the LEC opener. The first quarter was an offensive struggle for both sides with few goals, as JJ Downey gave KSC the lead at the 12:28 mark. The Beacons responded shortly after when Conor Lenfest scored an unassisted goal. Wiedenfeld then scored the final goal of the quarter with just under eight minutes remaining to give KSC a 2-1 lead.
The Beacons started the second quarter fast, when Lenfest put away his second goal of the game, before his teammate Darragh Fahey gave UMB the lead off a pass from Jack Riley. With 6:26 to go in the quarter, the Owls got rolling and ended the half on a 5-0 run. Anthony Marcella started the run with two quick goals off feeds from Bobby Carey and Wiedenfeld. John Morgan then joined the fun when he hit the back of the net off another Wiedenfeld pass. With 2:47 to go, Liam Flanagan scored on a blast from long distance, before Jordan Caito added another off a Connor Nolan assist. The 5-0 run gave the Owls a 7-3 lead at the half.
The third quarter started as the second ended for KSC, as the Owls scored the first five goals. Wiedenfeld provided the first three assists with his first to Carey, followed up by Caito. Marcella then grabbed his hat-trick off a fantastic Wiedenfeld feed, before Shane Molloy scored a behind the back goal off a Marcella pass. With 3:54 to go in the quarter, John Morgan netted his second of the game off another Wiedenfeld feed, which gave the Owls a commanding 12-3 lead. The Beacons finally got back on the board when Ned Parker scored an unassisted goal.
Less than a minute into the fourth, Wiedenfeld played provider yet again, as he found Caito who cooly slotted home his third of the game. Nolan then found the net off a Marcella feed, on a man-up opportunity to push the Owls lead to 10. Ned Parker then broke up the run for UMass Boston when he scored his second of the game. The last eight minutes was all Owls, as Shane Molloy scored back-to-back goals for his hat-trick. Nolan then blasted the net with an unassisted goal, before Marcella grabbed his fourth and Liam Flanagan scored his second to give KSC an emphatic 19-5 win.
Inside the Crease
- Dave Wiedenfeld led all scorers with nine points (school record eight assists). Marcella finished with four goals and three assists, Molloy and Caito each finished with a hat-trick.
- Ned Parker and Conor Lenfest scored two goals each for the Beacons, Darragh Fahey had the other lone tally.
- Chase Chamberlin picked up the win for KSC with seven saves. Cameron Dixson had 23 saves in the loss.
- KSC saw goals from nine different players (Wiedenfeld, Marcella, Molloy, Caito, Nolan, Carey, Flanagan, Downey, Morgan).
- The Owls picked up 44 ground balls to the Beacons 18. Michael Schenk had 10 ground balls to go with a 13-21 performance in the face-off circle.
- KSC rattled off 68 shots to UMB's 21. JJ Downey and Charles Molloy IV led the Owls with four caused turnovers each.
- Keene State finishes up their out of conference slate when they travel to Skidmore on Tuesday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m.
- UMass Boston travels to Lasell on Wednesday, March 27 for a 4:00 p.m. start.