GORHAM, MAINE 4/25/09 - The Keene State College men's lacrosse team raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 19-5 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference game Saturday afternoon at Hodgdon Field.
The Owls (8-3, 6-1 LEC), who have won four straight, secure the second seed in the upcoming LEC tournament. They will get a first-round bye and host a semifinal game on Thursday.
The Huskies (10-6, 4-2 LEC), who saw their five game winning streak come to an end, will be the third seed and host a quarterfinal game against six seed Salem State on Tuesday.
Freshman Griffin Meehan (Simsbury, Conn.) and senior Rodney Arganese (Trumbull, Conn.) paced the potent KSC attack with three goals and two assists apiece. Senior Casey Brodersen (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and sophomore Cam Sousa (Hollis, N.H./Hollis Brookline) each had three goals. Senior Tony Santa Fe (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) had a goal and three assists.
Arganese and Brodersen each scoring a pair of goals as KSC took a 6-0 lead after the first quarter. The two teams traded goals in the second quarter, making it an 8-2 game at the half.
KSC scored five unanswered goals in the third quarter to go up 13-2. Meehan, who had two of his goals in the quarter, lead the Owls with 32 goals.
Preston Gilbert and Lee Gauthier had two goals each to lead USM.
Sophomore Alec Corliss (Waltham, Mass.) started in goal for KSC and had seven saves. Freshman Kevin LeSage (Exeter, N.H.) played the final 15 minutes and stopped two shots.
James Suriyodorn made 17 saves for the Huskies.