Third quarter uprising leads Owls over Swarthmore 12-7
SAN DIEGO, CA. 3/15/13 – Senior J.T. Galloway (Simsbury, Conn.) and sophomore Ryan Hart (Richmond, N.H.) each netted three goals to lead the Keene State College men's lacrosse team to a 12-7 win over Swarthmore (Pa.) College at Warren Field in San Diego, Ca. on Friday. Hart also had a couple of assists.
Keene State (4-0), which won both of its West coast games, is off to its best start since the 2008 season when it started out 7-0. Swarthmore falls to 1-4 on the season.
Senior Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) tallied two goals and two assists while senior Ian Hart (Richmond, N.H.), sophomores Kurt Serafini (Westford, Mass.), and Kevin Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.) and freshmen Tyler KcKelvie (Acton, Mass.) also found the back of the net for the Owls.
Ryan Hart's second goals of the game late in the second quarter put the Owls up 5-3 at the half.
Keene State netted the first four goals of the third quarter to go up 9-3 and take control of the game. Carey began the uprising with a goal at the 11:50 mark and Galloway scored consecutive goals less than a minute a part to make it 8-3. Jette finished off the goal explosion with his second of the game.
"I don't think we've had a complete game yet, but our third quarter was phenomenal," said KSC Coach Mark Theriault. "We went on a tear."
Swarthmore scored the final two goals in the third quarter and the first one of the fourth to cut the gap to 9-6, but Ryan Hart and McKelvie answered with goals to build KSC's lead back up to 11-6
Theriault was very pleased with his teams' play during their trip. "When you travel 4,000 miles, you want to get a win. But after you win one you get pretty selfish," he said. "We still have things to work on, but I think we have all the pieces to the puzzle. We just have to make sure that those pieces are executing."
Although the shots were 35-all, KSC had a wide 18-5 in face-off wins and scored two man-up goals.
Freshman Alex Sharp (Winchester, Mass.) finished the game with five saves. Jonathan Cohen, who played all but 56 seconds in goal for Swarthmore, made 15 saves.
Keene State plays Roger Williams University on Saturday, March 23 (1 p.m.).