KEENE, N.H. 3/12/09 - Senior midfielder Casey Brodersen (Derry, N.H.) had four goals to lead Keene State to a 14-8 victory over Wheaton College in a non-conference men's lacrosse game played Thursday afternoon in Keene.
With the scored tied two-all early in the second quarter, Keene State tallied four consecutive goals to go up 6-2. Junior midfielder Bryan Sweeney (East Lyme, Conn.) and Brodersen began the flurry by scoring goals within a span of five seconds.
The two teams traded goals and Owl goalie sophomore Alec Corliss (Waltham, Mass.) stopped a point-blank shot by the Lyons junior midfielder Tim Horan (Cheshire, Conn.) in the closing seconds of the quarter to make it a 7-3 game at the break.
Wheaton cut the Owls lead to two goals twice in the third quarter, the last time coming on an unassisted goal by sophomore attack Chris Landers that made it 8-6.
KSC scored the last three goals of the quarter to go up 11-6.
Playing its first game of the season, Wheaton took advantage of several man-up chances throughout the game. Consecutive goals by senior Jeff Gomer (Duxbury, Mass.) got the Lyons deficit down to 11-8.
Broadersen then went to work for the Owls, scoring low hard goals from the left and then right side to give KSC a 13-8 lead. "I saw the opportunity when they put a short stick defender on me and after the first one I was feeling good so I took it to the other side and it worked out both times.
KSC Coach Mark Theriault was disappointed will several of the nine penalties called on his team. "Going into the final quarter one of our goals was to have good game management with no penalties and low and behold we let them back into the game."
Corliss, who finished with 14 saves, had his second strong outing between the pipes for the Owls. With KSC nursing a two goal lead (8-6) he stoned a wide open Landers sitting at his doorstep. "I gave up a few soft goals on man-ups earlier, so I had to step it up a little later and try to make some saves," Corliss said.
Senior attack Tony Santa Fe (Derry, N.H.), junior midfielder Jamie LeSage (Exeter, N.H.), and senior attack Rodney Arganese (Trumbull, Conn.) finished the game with two goals each. Freshman attack Griffin Meehan (Simsbury, Conn.) chipped in with a goal and four assists.
Gomer had four goals and junior midfielder Drew Schaffer (New Haven, Conn.) had three goals for Wheaton.
Lyons junior goalie Alex Lewis (Westfield, N.J.) stopped 10 shots.
The Owls (2-0) travel to Orlando, Fla., for spring break week. They will place nationally ranked Geneseo (N.Y.) State on Wednesday.
"We've had some up and downs this season, so we have a lot of work to do, but we're 2-0 and I'm pretty happy about that" said Theriault.