Men's Lacrosse Breezes Past Southern Maine in LEC Road Contest

Men's Lacrosse Breezes Past Southern Maine in LEC Road Contest

GORHAM, Maine -- Junior midfielder Hunter Arnold led Keene State College's high-powered offense scoring five goals as the visiting Owls rolled past the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 20-2, in Little East Conference (LEC) men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.


  • Keene State: 10-3, 5-0 LEC 
  • Southern Maine: 6-7, 3-2 LEC

How It Happened

Arnold and senior attackman Robert Hart each had six points to lead the Owls' attack. Arnold dished off one assist to go along with his five goals. Hart added three goals and had three assists. Eight other KSC players scored goals.

Keegan Smith and rookie Jake Schoenberg scored USM's goals. Goalie Zach Bessette made a career-high 25 saves over the first 54:50, while Alex Leblance Freshman made one save over the final 5:10.

Hart scored twice, and junior Frank Bacarella once, in the first quarter to offset a USM goal from Schoenberg to lead 3-1 after 15 minutes.

Keene State scored the first three goals of the second quarter, including man-up goals from Bacarella and junior Paul Beling, to go up 6-1. Smith tallied a man-up goal for the Huskies, but Hart fired home his third goal of the game at 2:48 to make it 7-2 at halftime.

The final two quarters belonged to Keene State as the Owls scored 13 unanswered goals while holding the Huskies without a score. Arnold had all five of his goals in the second half.

Inside the Crease

  • Junior goalie Mathew Howe surrendered two goals and made six saves in 51:58 of action.  Rookie goalie J.J. Tinney did not allow a goal or record a save in 8:02 of play.
  • Keene State dominated the statistics outshooting the Huskies 74-17 in the game, and winning the battle of the ground balls 45-18.  KSC junior faceoff specialis Greg Shawinsky dominated the X winning 19 of 25 faceoffs.
  • With the win, the Owls have extended their streak to 38-consecutive LEC victories. 

Up Next

  • Keene State is on the road on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) playing at Western Connecticut State University. 
  • Southern Maine travels to Plymouth, N.H., on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) to take on Plymouth State University. 

Release courtesy of University of Southern Maine Athletics.