KEENE, N.H.--Sophomore Tyler McKelvie (Acton, Mass.) scored five goals as the Keene State College men's lacrosse team knocked off No. 11 Western New England University 12-10 on a frigid Tuesday evening at Owl Athletic Complex. It was the season opener for both teams.
It was the first time KSC had ever beaten Western New England, in the first meeting between the teams since the 2007 season.
KSC took advantage of several Western New England penalties in the first half. McKelvie opened the scoring with a man-up goal just 1:14 in the game, and Bryan Rotatori (Grafton, Mass.) made it 2-0 Owls 36 seconds later. Justin McKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y.) got WNE on the board at the 12:19 mark, but Ryan Hart (Richmond, N.H.) scored the first of his three goals of the game with 3:13 left in the first quarter.
McKelvie put home a feed from Tyler Reilly (Grafton, Mass.) for a 4-1 KSC lead early in the second quarter, and after Taylor Dubose (Altament, N.Y.) scored the Golden Bears' second, Robert Hart (Londonderry, N.H) and McKelvie gave KSC a 6-2 lead before Owen Caruso (Port Washington, N.Y.) scored with 43 seconds left in the half to cut the Owls' advantage to 6-3 at halftime.
The Owls quickly increased their advantage at the start of the second half; Rotatori won the opening face-off and raced down field and scored, and McKelvie followed suit on the subsequent face-off. Down 8-3, WNE roared to life with six consecutive goals. Keegan Dudeck (Longmeadow, Mass.) sandwiched a pair of goals around one from (Baldwin, N.Y.), and Adam Knapton (Canandaigua, N.Y.) potted three consecutive markers as the Golden Bears took their first lead of the game at the end of the third quarter.
KSC responded as Hart netted an unassisted goal at the start of the fourth quarter, and McKelvie's fifth gave KSC a 10-9 lead with 7:29 to play. Reilly added another with 6:45, and though Western New England pulled one back with Knapton's fourth of the game, Hart salted away the win with an empty-net goal with 34 ticks on the clock.
Alex Sharp (Winchester, Mass.) made 12 stops in the KSC net, while WNE counterpart Brandon Body (Newtown, Conn.) made four stops.
The Owls will be back in action on March 1, heading to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for 1 p.m. start. Western New England travels to defending national champion Stevenson University on the same day, with the game slated to begin at 7 p.m.