Men's Lacrosse Thumps Western Connecticut State, 23-8

Men's Lacrosse Thumps Western Connecticut State, 23-8

KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State College men's lacrosse team did not allow a goal in the second or third quarters in a 23-8 Little East Conference win over Western Connecticut State University on Saturday at Owl Athletic Complex.

Tyler McKelvie scored five goals and set up three more, while Tyler Reilly had five goals and an assist.  Joe Sialiano, Robert Hart, and Ryan Hart each had a pair of goals, while Christopher Pray, Nick Dingee, Jeff Hathaway, Brooks Billingham, and Kevin Carey each got on the scoresheet with one goal apiece. 

Dylan Florian played the first 41:26 and made 10 stops, while Eric Palmer came on for the final 18:34 and was called upon to make two saves.

Keene State is now 3-6 overall, and 2-0 in the LEC, while Western Connecticut drops to 3-7, and 0-1 in league play.

Western Connecticut was led by a hat-trick from John Foristall.  Kevin Seery made 16 saves in just over 44 minutes of action, while Chris Alexander made three saves in relief.

The Colonials took an early lead as Jake Pantani and Zach Barlett sandwiched goals around one from Keene State's Tyler Reilly, but the Owls quickly took command, rolling off seven straight goals to take the lead for good.  Reilly scored with a man advantage to tie the score, and McKelvie got in on the action off a feed from Robert Hart 16 seconds later.  McKelvie would add three more goals in the run, while Sialiano and Robert Hart also scored.

Foristal scored twice, the second of which came with 1:31 left in the first quarter, to pull WCSU within 8-4, only to see Reilly complete a first quarter hat-trick with nine seconds remaining for a 9-4 lead after one.

The Owls stretched their lead with four second quarter goals, two from Ryan Hart and two from Reilly to lead 13-4 at the break.  KSC scored eight more times in the third quarter.  McKelvie had three goals in the period, with KSC also getting scores from Robert Hart, Carey, Dingee, Sialiano, and Billingham.  

Hathaway opened the fourth quarter with a goal before Foristal broke WCSU's scoreless streak with 9:58 left in the game.  

The Owls scored the most goals since a 23-6 win over Salve Regina University on March 6, 2013.  The school record for goals in a game is 28, set against Franklin Pierce in 1998.

McKelvie's goals now give him 37 for the season.  The single season record is 69, set by Griffin Meehan in 2010.

The Owls will travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on April 12 at 3 p.m.  The Colonials head to UMass-Boston for a 1 p.m. start on April 12.