March 11, 2013

Galloway leads Owls over Whittier 10-8

            WHITTIER, CA. 3/11/13 – Senior J.T. Galloway (Simsbury, Conn.) netted four goals, including the game-winner at the nine minute mark of the fourth quarter to lead the Keene State College men's lacrosse team to a 10-8 victory over Whittier College at Memorial Stadium in Whittier, Ca. on Monday. 

            The Owls remain undefeated with a 3-0 record while Whittier falls to 3-2.

            Except for Galloway's goal production, KSC spread the offense around with seniors Ian Hart (Richmond, N.H.) and Taylor Wicke (Fairfield, Conn.), junior Kurt Sarafini (Westford, Mass.) sophomore Kevin Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.) and freshmen Tyler McKelvie (Acton, Mass.) and Tajh Russell (Agawam, Mass.) each finding the back of the net.

            "J.T. did a real nice job cutting into the crease and getting off his shot," said KSC Coach Mark Theriault.  It was a tough physical game, but the guys were pumped-up to play.  I thought they did a good job adapting to the time and weather change."

            Consecutive goals by Galloway gave KSC an early 4-1 lead.  The Poets scored the finals two goals to cut the Owls lead to 4-3 at the end of the first quarter.

            Galloway found the back of the net with 26 seconds to play in the second quarter to give KSC a slim 6-5 halftime lead.

            Keene State maintained its one goal lead (8-7) going into the fourth quarter. 

            Taking a pass from sophomore Ryan Hart (Richmond, N.H.), Galloway put a bouncing shot past Whittier senior goalie Jon Cairone to give KSC a two goal cushion 9-7 at the nine minute mark.

            The Poets made it a one goal game less than two minutes later when Hunter Hall go his second goal of the game to make it 9-8.

            Looking for the equalizer, freshman Maxwell Jones raced down the field during a transition play and ripped off a shot from close range that Owl freshman goal Alex Sharp (Winchester, Mass.) stopped, enabling KSC to hold on to it lead.

            Serafinai gave Keene State a two goal lead 10-8 with a shot from 15 yards out with 5:23 to play. 

            The Poets pressed to get back in the game but sophomore defender Mike Curley (Billerica, Mass.) caused a key turnover and scooped up the ground ball giving possession back to the Owls.

            Keene State had a slim 37-35 shot advantage.  The Poets won the battle in the face-off circle 12-9.

            Sharp finish3ed with seven saves.  Cairone stopped 12 shots for Whittier.

            Keene State concludes its trip out West with a game against Swarthmore (Pa.) College on Friday.