KEENE, N.H.- The Keene State Men's Lacrosse team dropped their second straight decision to open the season, as the Western New England Golden Bears picked up six second quarter goals, propelling their way to victory 16-13 over the Owls.
- Western New England: 2-0
- Keene State: 0-2
How it Happened:
The Owls once again opened up the scoring as they did on Saturday against RPI, as Joe Nutting got on the board with an early tally giving the Owls a 1-0 lead. The Owls and the Golden Bears exchanged the next two goals, as Western New England's speedster Matt Greer found twine, as well as Michael Fristchy for the Owls. The Golden Bears saw momentum turn their way towards the second half of the first quarter as they scored the next three goals, including another goal from Matt Greer. Western New England lead 5-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Keene State collected the next goal of the contest to open the second quarter. Just 27 seconds into the quarter it was Jordan Caito picking up his third goal of the season. WNE extended their lead shortly after the Caito goal, as Jared Newall fired one past GK Chase Chamberlin giving the Golden Bears the 6-4 edge. Keene State would come back to tie the game in quick succession as Jordan Caito picked up his second goal of the evening, followed by an Anthony Marcella tally. The Golden Bears would go on a 5-0 run in the final 7:25 of the second quarter, getting two goals each from Matt Greer and Mike Bannon in that stretch giving WNE an 11-6 lead at the half.
WNE added one early strike adding to their 5-0 run to end the second quarter, finishing with a 6-0 run to start the third as Jared Newall took a pass from Matt Greer and found the back of the net, when the Golden Bears were up a man. Keene State came away with some chances in the third quarter, but goalkeeper Sean McCusker stood tall, allowing just three Owls goals in the15 minutes, giving the slight advantage to the Golden Bears as they put four goals past Chase Chamberlin.
Jordan Caito registered his third goal of the contest in the fourth quarter shortly followed by Joe Nutting also picking up his third goal of the game bringing the Owls within striking distance at 15-11. Western New England's Noah Rust found the back of the goal with 9:15 remaining in the contest putting the Golden Bears back up by 5. Keene's late two goal rally was not enough to get past the Golden Bears, as the ultimately fell 16-13.
Inside the Crease:
- Joe Nutting led the way for the Owls as he was able to come up with four goals and added two assists in the contest. In just two games Nutting has picked up six goals and added four total assists.
- WNE saw Matt Greer pick up four goals and two assists on the evening, followed by Jared Newall who found twine four time as well, adding one assist.
- The Golden Bears had the edge inside the faceoff circle, winning 21-out-of-32 draws.
- WNE scooped 36 ground balls in the game, while Keene State managed to grab 23 total.
- GK Chase Chamberlin came up with 11 saves in the game through three quarters. Alex Fawcett came away with two saves in the fourth quarter. Goalie Sean McCusker managed ten saves on the evening, picking up his second victory of the young season.
- WNE has defeated Keene State for the third straight season after taking last year's matchup 17-9.
- Both teams were successful in clears on the evening, with WNE going 21-23 and Keene State blemishing on just on attempt, going 17-18.
- Keene State heads on the road for the first time this season as they will take on Bates College on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:00 pm
- WNE continues a three-game road stretch, as they make a stop to Amherst College on Sunday, March 1 at 1:00 pm.