BRUNSWICK, Maine - Senior Bryan Rotatori registered his 100th-career goal, as the Keene State men's lacrosse program outscored Bowdoin 5-1 in the second quarter to power the Owls past the Polar Bears in a wire to wire victory during a non-conference matchup on Tuesday evening at Ryan Field.
- Keene State: 6-3, 2-0 LEC
- Bowdoin: 7-4, 5-2 NESCAC
How It Happened
Rotatori scored three goals for the Owls, with his first goal becoming his 100th tally, and added one assist. Senior Robert Hart led the way with five goals and two assists, while senior Ryan Askham recorded a season-high two goals.
For Bowdoin, Brett Kujala scored four goals, as Daniel Buckman followed with one goal and one assist.
Keene State struck first with a goal from senior Jon Nassif, before the two teams traded goals to tie it up at two apiece, before back-to-back goals from Rotatori and Hart, a tally from in the final .03 seconds, gave the Owls a 4-2 lead at the end of the first stanza.
Hart opened the second quarter with three straight goals to extend Keene State's advantage to five, with 5:21 remaining, before Sam Carlin got one back for Bowdoin. The Owls finished off the stanza with goals from Askham and Arnold to bring Keene State in front by six, as the two teams went into the break with the Owls leading 9-3.
Despite the Polar Bears scoring the first goal of the third stanza, Keene State continued to put on the pressure, as Rotatori found the back of the net to push the score to 10-4 with 9:16 on the clock, before back-and-forth goals from Kujala and senior Tyler Reilly kept the Owls with a six-point edge. Rotatori finished off a feed from Nassif to cap off the third quarter, as Keene State stayed on top 12-5 going into the fourth.
Bowdoin outscored Keene State in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough as the Owls received goals from Askham and Hart to seal the victory, as the Polar Bears could come closer than five.
Inside the Crease
- Keene State has won the past three consecutive meetings with Bowdoin, but this was the first time the Owls have beaten the Polar Bears as a ranked team.
- With Rotatori's four point-performance, the senior surpassed the 200-point career mark, with 102 goals and 99 assists.
- Senior Mike Wiedenfeld caused three turnovers, while sophomore Steve Hamel picked up three ground balls. Junior Mathew Howe made four stops between the pipes, while Bowdoin's keeper Peter Mumford recorded 13 saves.
- Keene State held a slight 43-40 shot edge over Bowdoin.
- The Owls will host UMass Boston for a Little East Conference contest on Saturday, April 15th at 3:30 p.m.
- The Polar Bears will welcome Wesleyan for a conference competition on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.