PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Senior Hunter Arnold became the eighth player in program history to record 150 career goals, as the Keene State men's lacrosse team defeated Plymouth State 25-6 on Thursday afternoon in Little East Conference (LEC) action. With the win, Keene State remains a perfect 4-0 in league play and has won four consecutive contests.
- Keene State: 7-4, 4-0 LEC
- Plymouth State: 6-7, 3-1 LEC
How It Happened
Senior Paul Beling found the back of the net in the first minute of play to give the Owls the early lead, before the Panthers' Griffin Jacobson found the equalizer at the 13:03 mark. Keene State responded with a goal just 42 seconds later, as Arnold connected with senior Jon Nassif, which sparked a four goal run that pushed the score to 5-1, Keene State. Jacobson halted the Owls' run to cut the Panthers' deficit to three, but Nassif scored an unassisted tally with 1:30 to go to give Keene State a 6-2 edge over Plymouth State at the end of one.
The Owls continued to put on the pressure in the second quarter, as Keene State scored back-to-back goals in the opening minutes, as Nassif scored his third goal of the game off a feed from Beling, followed by a strike from junior Charles Molloy IV for his second career goal off a pass from sophomore Anthony Marcella to make it 8-2. With 7:51 remaining, Plymouth State received its lone goal of the second stanza from Connor Delea, before Keene State closed out the stanza with three unanswered goals from freshman Michael Fritschy, Arnold, and sophomore Dave Wiedenfeld to give the Owls a 11-3 lead at the break.
Neither team could break through during the opening minutes of the third quarter, until Beling fed a pass to Arnold on the right side, who tucked his shot into the back of the net, at the 10:04 mark. From there, Keene State scored seven straight goals and nearly held Plymouth State to a scoreless third period, but Ryan Croatti collected a pass from Chris Waterbury with 13 seconds to go to make it 18-4, Keene State.
Heading into the fourth, the Panthers scored back-to-back goals, before the Owls rattled off seven straight goals, as five different student-athletes found the back of the net for Keene State.
Inside the Crease
- Wiedenfeld led the Owls with a career-high eight points, as the sophomore registered three goals, five assists and five ground balls, followed by Arnold with five goals and two helpers. Nassif chipped in four goals, one assist, and four ground balls, while junior Steve Hamel, sophomore Noah DeGoursey and junior Gabe Cormier each recorded three caused turnovers.
- For the Panthers, Jacobson tallied a hat-trick and Delea added one goal, five ground balls and one caused turnover. From the face-off 'x', Kyle Stockman went 18-for-34 and picked up five ground balls.
- In net, senior Mathew Howe made eight saves, while J.J. Tinney and Cameron Eddy came on in relief. Tinney recorded one save, while Eddy registered four stops. For Plymouth State, Zel Kerkel made eight saves in the loss.
- The Owls owned a 49-30 shot advantage over the Panthers and held a 53-49 edge in ground balls.
- Keene State has now won 44-consecutive LEC regular season contests.
- The Owls will travel to UMass Boston for a league contest on Saturday, April 21st for a 1:00 p.m. start.