April 2, 2011
KEENE, NH-Host Keene State raced out to a 12-4 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team, 20-11, in the 2011 Little East Conference opener for both teams at the Owl Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Owls scored four times late in the first quarter to seize a 7-1 advantage before junior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) scored the final goal of the first quarter for the Corsairs. Brett scored 2:17 into the second quarter to cut Keene State's lead to 7-3, but the Owls came back with two quick goals, and then scored the last three goals of the first half to take a commanding lead at the intermission. Trailing, 18-5, UMD outscored KSC in the fourth quarter, 6-2, to narrow the final margin.
Brett led UMass Dartmouth with six goals, senior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) added two, and senior attacker Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored once and added two assists. Griffin Meehan scored seven goals for Keene State, Matt Schairer and Taylor Jette each scored four times, Ian Hart had two goals and three assists, and Schairer and Jette each had three assists.
"We ran into a buzz saw," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "They had a dominant offense, and every time we made a mistake, they took advantage of it and scored. They had a great offense and took advantage of every situation. They have three very strong attackers, and we had a hard time getting our offensive flow going. Keene State played well for four quarters. Hopefully, we'll move on from this loss and come back against Clark on Wednesday night."
The Owls outshot the Corsairs, 47-43. Freshman goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made 15 saves while playing the first three quarters for UMD, and sophomore goalkeeper Pete Foley (Northbridge, MA/Blackstone Valley Regional VHS) made two stops in the final 15 minutes. Jason Lesser started for KSC and made 10 saves, while Sean Brady finished up and made six.
UMass Dartmouth lost for the first time this season, falling to 7-1 and 0-1 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 5-2 and 1-0 in LEC play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Clark Wednesday night. The Owls will visit Wheaton Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE