KEENE, N.H. - Despite coming within one-goal during the second and third quarters, the Keene State men's lacrosse team fell to Western New England, 13-10, in a non-conference contest at the Owl Athletic Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
- Keene State: 1-1
- Western New England: 1-0
How It Happened
Western New England got on the board first with a quick goal from Brendan Lyons off a feed from Nicholas Beauchamp, before senior Paul Beling evened the score at one. The two teams traded goals one more time, before Western New England fired off with three consecutive goals to take a 5-2 advantage at the end of the first stanza.
The Golden Bears continued to widen their lead in the beginning of the second quarter when Hunter Cocks sent a pass to Justin Holl to earn a four-point advantage, but the Owls found an offensive surge with three straight goals from freshman Michael Fritschy, sophomore Anthony Marcella and junior JJ Downey. Keene State was able to cut its deficit to one, 6-5, WNEU, with 3:13 remaining in the second, yet Western New England was able to regain a three-goal cushion, as Ward scored back to back goals as time expired in the second quarter.
Coming out of the break, neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening minutes of play, until back to back goals from the Owls, as Marcella found Beling at the 6:14 to go mark and Nassif scored at the 5:57 mark off a feed from junior Charlie Molloy, to bring Keene State within one. The Golden Bears extended their lead back to two just nine seconds later, as Cocks won the face-off and sprinted down the field, tucking a shot into the back of the net. In the final minute of the third stanza, Western New England pushed its lead to four with two quick goals to make the score, 11-7, WNEU.
The two teams traded goals throughout the fourth quarter, as the Owls were able to come within three during the final minutes of play, despite outshooting the Golden Bears, 22-5, in the final stanza.
Inside the Box
- Arnold, Beling and Marcella each scored two goals and added one assist for the Owls, as Breau scored a game-high three goals with one assist for the Golden Bears.
- In net, senior Mathew Howe registered eight stops for Keene State, while Steven Kerr recorded 20 saves in the win for Western New England.
- The Owls held the edge in shots, 49-32, and in ground balls, 34-28, over the Golden Bears.
- Keene State will have a break this weekend and will play again on Wednesday, March 7th. The Owls will travel to Tufts for a 3:30 p.m. matchup.
- Western New England will host Lasell on Saturday, March 3rd in the Golden Bears' home opener, beginning at 1:00 p.m.