KEENE, N.H. - With two seconds remaining on the clock, senior Paul Beling finished off a feed from senior Hunter Arnold to net the game-winning goal and lift the Keene State men's lacrosse team over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs 11-10 in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
- Keene State: 5-4, 2-0 LEC
- UMass Dartmouth: 6-5, 1-1 LEC
How It Happened
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening minutes until the Corsairs broke the scoring drought with an unassisted strike from Mike Rizzo at the 7:20 mark. UMass Dartmouth doubled their lead just under four minutes later, as Jordan Torres connected with Donovan Prozinski, who tucked his shot past the Owls' goalkeeper senior Mathew Howe. Sophomore Connor Nolan finished off a feed from sophomore Dave Wiedenfeld to get the Owls on the board with 1:51 remaining in the first quarter, before senior Hunter Arnold tacked on another goal just 22 seconds later, as time expired in the first period, with the two teams locked up at two.
The Corsairs opened the second quarter with three consecutive goals to grab a 5-2 lead with 8:20 to go, before Nolan netted back-to-back quick goals off of assists from Wiedenfeld and Arnold, respectively, to cut the Owls' deficit to one with 7:01 on the clock. UMass Dartmouth pushed its lead back to two with an unassisted strike from Tom Donahue at the 6:29 mark. Keene State finished off the second quarter with back-to-back goals, as junior JJ Downey raced down the field and found an open senior Jon Nassif, followed by an unassisted strike from Beling, to tie it up at six going into the break.
Coming out in the second half, neither team was able to break through until the 4:08 mark, as Prozinksi connected with Torres to grab a one-point edge for UMass Dartmouth. With 2:28 remaining, Nassif finished off a pass from Beling to tie the game for the third time, before two late goals gave Keene State its first lead of the day, as the Owls held a 9-7 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
Nassif would score the first goal of the fourth quarter off a feed from Nolan, but the Corsairs went on a three goal run to tie the game at 10 for the fourth time, capped off by a strike from Dean Miller with an assist from Josh Souza at the 4:51 mark. Both teams produced quality opportunities in the final minutes of the game, including a key save from the Corsairs' goaltender Devin Dunn, but a UMass Dartmouth turnover led to a Keene State possession with 37 seconds on the clock, as Beling's goal in the final seconds proved to be the game-winner for the Owls.
Inside the Crease
- Nolan paced the Owls with three goals, one assist, three ground balls and one caused turnover, followed by two goals, three assists and three ground balls from Arnold. Junior Charles Molloy IV and Downey caused three turnovers, while Molloy picked up six ground balls and Downey grabbed five. Freshman Michael Schenk went 10-for-13 from the face-off "x" and registered three ground balls.
- For the Corsairs, Prozinski recorded two goals, three assists, three ground balls and one caused turnover, while Torres chipped in two goals and added two assists with three ground balls.
- Between the pipes, Howe made six saves over 60 minutes of play, while Dunn registered 21 saves in the loss.
- Keene State outshot UMass Dartmouth, 55-26, and held a 44-30 advantage in ground balls.
- With the win, the Owls have extended their LEC win streak to 42 games.
- Keene State will continue their LEC play with a matchup against Salem State on Saturday, April 14th, beginning at 1:00 p.m.