March 23, 2013

Owls upend Hawks 9-5

BRISTOL, R.I. 3/23/13 – Senior Taylor Wicke (Fairfield, Conn.) netted a season high three goals, including two during a third quarter uprising, helping the Keene State College men's lacrosse team remain undefeated with a 9-5 non-conference victory over Roger Williams University at windy Bayside Field in Bristol, Conn. on Saturday.

Keene State (5-0) is off to its best start since the 2008 season when it started out 7-0. Roger Williams falls to 2-4 on the season.

A late goals by sophomore Kevin Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.) gave KSC a slim 2-1 lead after the first quarter. After Carey scored again to put the Owls up 3-1, the Hawks answered with a pair of goals to knot the score (3-3) at the break.

The second half would be dominated by the Keene State duo of Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) and Wicke who netted two goals each in the third to give the Owls a comfortable 7-3 lead.

 "We made some offensive adjustments and started to get some goals," said KSC Coach Mark Theriault. 

RWU scored the final two goals of the quarter to cut the Owls lead to 7-5.  However, freshman Tyler McKelvie (Acton, Mass.) and junior Tajh Russell (Agawam, Mass.) scored the only two goals in the fourth quarter to account for the final score.

Theriault was pleased with his teams' defense.  "Giving up five goals in a game is fabulous, said Theriault, who laundered the play of sophomore defender Zach Tulley (Hampstead, N.H.), who finished the game with seven ground balls and one caused turnover. 

Freshman goalie Alex Sharp (Winchester, Mass.) made seven saves for the Owls.  Sophomore Luke Aubrey (Norwalk, Conn.) had a busy day in goal for the Hawks, stopping 18 shots.

Keene State hosts Bates College, who is ranked fifth in New England, on Tuesday (4 p.m.) at Owl Athletic Complex.