Owls overtake Huskies 14-12

Photo Courtesy: Michelle Berthiaume

GORHAM, MAINE 3/30/13 – The Keene State College men's lacrosse team scored five consecutive goals during an 11-minute span overlapping the third and fourth quarters to erase a two-goal deficit and went on to hold off the University of Southern Maine, 14-12, in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

Freshman Tyler McKelvie (Acton, Mass.) scored a season  high five goals, including two key back-to-back goals in the third quarter to lead the Owls to the come-from-behind Little East Conference victory.

Trailing 4-3 after the first quarter and 7-6 at the halftime, Keene State (6-1, 1-0 LEC) finally pulled ahead of the upset-minded Huskies (3-5, 0-1 LEC) in the third quarter.  Falling behind 9-7, McKelvie went to work, netting consecutive goals to pull even with USM 9-9 at the 5:34 mark of the period. Senior Ian Hart (Richmond, N.H.) added another goal to give KSC a 10-9 lead at the end of three quarters.

The Owls added to their lead early in the fourth quarter.  Senior J.T. Galloway (Simsbury, Conn.) scored a man-up goal and senior Taylor Wicke (Fairfield, Conn.) found the back of the net two minutes later to give KSC a 12-9 lead.

The game was far from over.  After USM senior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) and Galloway traded goals to make it a 13-10 game, the Huskies made one last run at the Owls.  Baker and senior Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine) scored to make it a 13-12 game with 3:56 remaining.

Sophomore Ryan Hart (Richmond, N.H.) scored in final minute of play to account for the final score.

Galloway had three goals while brothers Ian and Ryan Hart each found the back of the net twice for the Owls. 

Senior mark White (Oakville, Ont.), Baker and Hamilton each had three goals for Southern Maine.

Freshman Alex Sharp (Winchester, Mass.) started in for KSC. He played the first 21:07 giving up six goals and making 2 saves.  Sophomore Jack Rogers (Acton, Mass.) played the final 38:53, allowing six goals and making five saves.

Senior Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) finished the game with 14 saves for the Huskies. 

USM won the battle in the face-off circle 16-11, but committed 10 more turnovers than the Owls.  KSC was 2-7 in man-up opportunities while Southern Maine was 3-10.

After dropping the first game in the series, KSC has won the last 12 meetings between the two teams.

Keene State is at Union (N.Y.) College on Tuesday (7 p.m.).