M. Lax: Owls Rout Norwich in Home-Opener 20-6

'KEENE, N.H. 03/31/05 - Eric Momnie (South Windsor, Conn.), Sean Panora (South Windsor, Conn.), and Greg Gonzalez (Amherst, N.H.) scored three goals each to power the Keene State College men's lacrosse team to its first win of the season, a 20-6 route over Norwich University  in Keene on Thursday.  It was the Owls (1-4) first home game of the season and the team's first contest on its new turf field. 

 

"It was nice to get our first win and for the players to gain some confidence going into our Little East schedule," said KSC Coach Mark Theriault.  "We could've of started with an easier schedule, but playing tougher teams is the only way to build the program."

 

Dominating play from the start, Keene State jumped out to a 7-2 lead after the first quarter and added nine unanswered goals in the second quarter.

 

Meade McKay (Stratham, N.H.), Peter Lauranzano (Beverly, Mass.), Grant Pickering (Kennebunk, Me.), Greg Richard (Nashua, N.H.), and Ryan Hazleton (Chester, N.H.) had two goals each and Travis Pedley (Bow, N.H.) added a sing goal for KSC.

 

Jon Hayes (Waltham, Mass.) had three goals for NU (1-2).

 

Matt Johnson (Derry, N.H.) with four saves and Brad Bishop (Brunswick, Me.) with nine saves each played a half in goal for the Owls.  Jeff Thomas (Colorado Springs, CO.) made 15 saves for the Cadets.

 

After dropping the first three games in the series, KSC has won the last five meetings between the two teams.

 

Keene State hosts UMass-Dartmouth in its first LEC game of the season on Saturday (1 p.m.).