Early run, tight defense propel Owls past Wheaton 17-6

Early run, tight defense propel Owls past Wheaton 17-6

NORTON, Mass. 4/6/11 – Junior Matt Schairer (Wrentham, Mass.) netted five goals and classmate Griffin Meehan (Avon, Conn.) dished out five assists, while the Keene State College men's lacrosse team played great defense to drop the Wheaton College Lyons 17-6 on Wednesday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.

The Owls (6-2), winner of their last three contests, got points from nine different players and got a strong defensive showing by not allowing any goals in the first and third period to drop the Lyons (2-6) on their home field. "I thought defensively we played real tight," said head coach Mark Theriault. "(Justin)Flessa-Laroche, (Sean) Leblanc, (Alex) Cuomo and (John) McCann all did a nice job in front of the net for us."

KSC jumped out to a 9-0 lead at the 10:24 mark of the second period, on Schairer's second goal of the game from sophomore Billy Reis (Putnam Valley, N.Y.). Doing the damage in the first quarter, sophomore Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) tallied all three of his goals in the game's first 13 minutes for the Owls.  "Our offense was pretty spread out today between our attackers and our midfielders," said Theriault. "I think us having so many options kept Wheaton off balance all game and gave us the advantage."

Willauer put the Wheaton on the board at the 8:22 mark before each team scored one more time in the frame to leave the halftime score at 10-2.
 
In the third quarter, Keene State blanked the Lyons while scoring five of its own to lead 15-2 heading into the final period.  Schairer added two more tallies to reach five for the contest, with four of KSC's goals coming during a 3:07 stretch. 

Wheaton scored four of the fourth quarter's final six tallies, as a combined five goals between the teams took place over the last 2:44 in the Owls 17-6 victory.

Meehan added two goals to his five assists for seven points on the game, while freshman Dylan Gatto (Harvard, Mass.) added four points on a goal and three assists. Junior Jonathan Rodrick (Plaistow, NH) and sophomore Taylor Jette (Simsbury, CT) each had a hat trick on the game for the Owls, while Ian Hart (Richmond, N.H.) also added three points with a goal and two helpers.  

Sophomore Jason Lesser (Brewster, NY) had nine saves in a little over 55 minutes of action in between the pipes for KSC, allowing just three of Wheaton's goals.

The Owls outshot Wheaton 41-31, but lost the battle in face-offs 14-11. With the extra-man advantage, KSC was 4-of-5 while the Lyons converted on 1-of-2 chances.

The Owls return to action this Saturday, as they will hit the road to face Western Conn. State University in an LEC matchup at 1 p.m.