KEENE, N.H. 4/8/11 – In a rare glitch in the schedule, all of the Keene State College teams will be hitting the road this Saturday, for a key conference weekend for the Owls.
Probably the most intriguing matchup of the weekend pairs the women’s lacrosse team with rival Eastern Conn. State University.
The Owls believe this early season contest will be very important as to who will end up hosting this year’s Little East Conference tournament. “The goal is to play our tournament games at Keene State,” said KSC head coach Katie Arsenault. “If we want that to happen we have to go down there and get it done.”
Head coach Ken Howe and the KSC baseball team hit the road this weekend for the second straight weekend. This Saturday, the Owls will square off against the Corsairs of UMass-Dartmouth in their second conference doubleheader of the season. “Going down to Corsair-land and winning some games is no easy task,” said Howe. “They are a very solid club.”
The baseball team will also be playing a big regional game on Sunday. The Owls hope “the third time is the charm,” as they will try to play a makeup game with Babson. “Looking at the weather it looks like we will finally get that game in,” said Howe. “They are a team to be reckoned with in the region and that has major implications on our season.”
KSC softball is the lone KSC team with LEC action on Saturday and Sunday with matchups against Western Conn. State and UMass-Dartmouth. “Western is tough,” said head softball coach Charlie Beach. “They have a lot of offense, they hit well and they are always a real tough game.”
As for Sunday, the Corsairs are struggling so far on the season but the Owls don’t want to be the team that’s helps them turn their season around. “Road games are always tough especially when the team is hungry for a win,” said Beach. “You never know when a team is going to wake up so we can’t look past that game.”
The men’s lacrosse team also heads down to Western Conn. on Saturday, with second conference game of the year. The Owls under head coach Mark Theriault have had some great results against the Colonials, but still has a bitter taste in their mouth from a loss a few years back. “Western is a team we have played well against in the past,” said Theriault. “We have a great memory though and they knocked us out of the conference tournament a few years ago and you never forget something like that.”