April 27, 2013

Keene State finishes unbeaten in the LEC with a 19-5 win at Western Conn.

DANBURY, Conn. 4/27/13 — The Keene State College men's lacrosse team wrapped up its regular season with a 19-5 win over Western Connecticut State University to finish unbeaten at 7-0 in the Little East Conference Saturday afternoon at  the Westside Athletic Complex.  It's the fifth time KSC has gone undefeated in the LEC during the season.

Winners of seven straight, Keene State (13-2, 7-0 LEC) will be the top seed in the upcoming LEC tournament and receive a first-round bye.  They will host a semifinal game at Owl Athletic Complex on Friday (5 p.m.).  Western Conn. falls to 8-8 (2-5 LEC).

Leading the scoring for Keene State were senior Ian Hart (Richmond, NH) with four goals, followed by senior Taylor Wicke (Fairfield, CT) and sophomore Ryan Hart (Richmond, NH) who each scored three goals.  Senior Taylor Jette (Simsbury, CT) handed out a game-high four assists for the Owls to go with his two goals.

Scoring for Western were junior Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT) and freshman John Foristall (Danbury, CT) with two goals each.

Trailing 2-1 after the first quarter, Keene State took over, scoring five unanswered goals in the second quarter and never looking back.  Ian Hart scored his second goal in the third minute of the quarter to even the score at 2-2 and scored again at the midway point of the period.  A goal by Wicke and two by senior JT Galloway (Simsbury, Conn.) gave the Owls a 5-0 advantage for the quarter and a 6-2 halftime lead.

The Owls kept the pressure on the Colonials to start the second half. Sophomore Ryan Hart (Richmond, N.H.) and Wicke scored 49 seconds a part to extend their lead to 8-2.  KSC quickly answered a Colonial goal with a four goal run, going up 12-3 on a goal by Jette with just over a minute to play in the third quarter.

Keene State continued to dominate play in the fourth quarter, scoring on its first possession and never letting up. 

Keene State held a 49-34 advantage in shots and a 40-38 edge in ground balls. Sophomore Mike Curley (Billerica, Mass.) had nine ground balls.

Keene State freshman Alex Sharp (Winchester, MA) made 11 saves to earn the victory. Western's starting keeper Kevin Seery (East Lyme, CT) finished with 16 save.