PORTLAND, Maine -- Junior Griffin Meehan (Avon, Conn.) and sophomore Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) combined for 10 goals and four assists to lead league leader Keene State College past the University of Southern Maine 16-6 in a Little East Conference game played Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium.
The win was the seventh straight for the Owls and improves their record to 10-2 overall and 5-0 in LEC play. The Huskies slip to 4-9 overall and 2-3 in league games.
Jette tallied a game-high six goals and passed out one assist while Meehan hit the net four times and dished off three assists. Junior Matt Schairer (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip) chipped in with a goal and three assists, and rookie Dylan Gatto (Harvard, Mass.) scored two goals. Sophomore goalie Jason Leser (Brewster, N.Y.) made seven saves before freshman Sean Brady (Franklin, Mass.) came on to stop two additional shots over the final four-and-a-half minutes.
Junior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) led the Huskies scoring three goals and passing out an assist. Senior Tim Bryant (Peterborough, N.H./ConVal), junior Willie Joy (Portland, Maine/Deering) and sophomore Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) each scored once. Sophomore goalie Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) stopped 19 shots.
Jette scored twice as the Owls jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 11 minutes. White got the Huskies on the board late in the opening quarter, and Baker's man-up goal with 9:55 to go in the second quarter cut the margin to 4-2. Meehan tallied his first marker, and Jette added two man-up goals over the next seven minutes to open a 7-2 advantage. Joy cut one off the lead before halftime.
The Owls put the game out of reach in the third quarter outscoring the Huskies 6-0 to increase their lead to 13-3. Meehan and Jette each had two goals, and Schairer chipped in a goal and two assists. Each side had three goals in the final quarter.
Keene State had a 48-33 advantage in shots attempted and was 19 for 22 clearing the ball. Each side was credited with 32 ground balls.
Southern Maine will travel to the University of Massachusetts Boston on Wednesday (3:00 p.m.) for an LEC match. Keene State will entertain in-state rival Plymouth State University on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.).
(Courtesy USM Sports Information)