KEENE, N.H. -- Sophomore Joe Nutting (Amherst, N.H.) netted a hat trick and two assists for five points to lead Keene State to a 19-10 Little East Conference men’s lacrosse victory over UMass Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
The host Owls (3-5, 2-0 LEC) jumped out to 6-2 first quarter advantage on the strength of two Nutting tallies, and after the two teams traded scores to open the second stanza, Keene State closed out the half with four unanswered goals to take an 11-3 edge at the break. The visiting Corsairs (4-4, 1-1 LEC) cut that margin to five by scoring three times in the opening five minutes after intermission, as junior Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) provided two of those markers, but the Owls iced their triumph by netting six unanswered goals to take their largest lead of the day (17-6) on sophomore Ben Bunnell’s tally with just under nine minutes to play in the contest.
Junior Anthony Marcella (Hull, Mass.) added two goals and four assists to finish with six points in the win for Keene State, which received a pair of scores and a helper from fellow junior Connor Nolan (Plymouth, N.H.). Bunnell, senior Bobby Carey (Wallingford, Conn.) and sophomore Liam Flanagan (Hopkinton, N.H.) each tallied twice for the Owls, who received a goal and an assist each off the sticks of junior Dave Wiedenfeld (Londonderry, N.H.) and sophomore Justin Norris (New London, N.H.). Seniors Chris Morgan (Woburn, Mass.) and Charles Molloy IV (Guilford, Conn.), along with freshman John Morgan (Woburn, Mass.), also scored for the hosts, who received assists from senior Steve Hamel (Southington, Conn.) and freshman Shane Molloy (Guilford, Conn.).
Prozinski finished with five goals and an assist for a game-high six points in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which received two tallies and a helper from sophomore Tim Jordan (Sandwich, Mass.). Junior Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) chipped in with a marker and assist for the Corsairs, who received goals from senior Jeremy Jackson (Middletown, R.I.) and freshman Kevin Swenson (Ipswich, Mass.) as well as an assist off the stick of freshman Zak Wirsen (Bourne, Mass.).
Sophomore Chase Chamberlin (Bow, N.H.) picked up the win in goal with four first half saves for Keene State, which collected seven second half stops from junior J.J. Tinney (Natick, Mass.). Junior Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass.) made 16 saves in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, as the Owls outshot the Corsairs by a 52-40 margin overall (35-21 on goal) and held a 20-8 advantage in face off wins for the contest.
UMass Dartmouth travels to New London, Conn. on Wednesday evening to take on Coast Guard in a non-league outing beginning at 7:00 pm, while Keene State entertains Eastern Connecticut in a Little East Conference clash on Wednesday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex that begins at 5:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)