DAVENPORT, Fla. - The Keene State men's lacrosse team breezed past Nichols on Monday evening, as the Owls shut out the Bison in the second and third quarters to cruise to a 14-4 victory in a non-conference contest at the Northeast Regional Park.
- Keene State: 2-2
- Nichols: 4-1
How It Happened
Keene State raced out to a three goal lead with a strike from senior Jon Nassif off a feed senior Hunter Arnold and back to back goals from sophomore Dave Wiedenfeld, before Nichols scored twice to cut their deficit to one. In the final 1:17 of play in the first stanza, Arnold scored two unassisted goals to extend the Owls' lead for a score of 5-2. Keene State continued to push the score in the second quarter by scoring four goals, and held strong on defense, as the Bison were unable to find the back of the net. Sophomore Connor Nolan sparked the offense with a tally at the 13:54 to go mark, followed by a goal from Nassif to give the Owls a five-point advantage. With 3:44 remaining in the second stanza, sophomore Anthony Marcella finished off a feed from senior Paul Beling, before sophomore Charlie Katz scored his first goal of the season to lead Keene State into the break holding a 9-2 lead.
Arnold scored the lone goal of the third quarter off a pass from Wiedenfeld, as Keene State once again did not allow a goal from Nichols throughout a quarter. In the final stanza, the Owls outscored the Bison 4-2, with goals from Arnold, Beling and Marcella, to seal the 14-4 victory for Keene State.
Inside the Crease
- Arnold led the way for the Owls, scoring a career-tying five goals and adding one assist, followed by two goals apiece from Wiedenfeld, Marcella, and Nassif. Freshman Matthew Lemke won 11-of-15 face-offs and recorded six ground balls, while junior Charles Molloy IV notched six ground balls and three caused turnovers.
- For the Bison, Mackenzie Martin scored a team-high two goals and picked up two ground balls with one caused turnover, while Hugh O'Donnell registered a game-high eight ground balls.
- Keene State saw three keepers between the pipes across the 60 minutes of play, as senior Mathew Howe made five saves in 38:49 minutes, while freshman Chase Chamberlin and sophomore J.J. Tinney recorded two saves apiece in 11:47 and 9:24 minutes, respectively. For Nichols, Brian McKinley notched 17 saves in all 60 minutes of play.
- The Owls held a 46-22 advantage in shots over the Bison and picked up 44 ground balls to Nichols' 35.
- Keene State will take on Hamilton on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Davenport, Florida.
- Nichols will face another Little East Conference (LEC) team in Florida, as the Bison will play UMass Boston on Thursday, March 15th at 5:00 p.m.