KEENE, N.H. – Sophomores Matt Shairer (Wrentham, Mass.) and Griffin Meehan (Simsbury, Conn.) recorded seven points apiece Tuesday afternoon as the Keene State College men’s lacrosse team clinched at least a share of the Little East Conference regular season championship with a 15-7 victory over in-state rival Plymouth State University at the Owl Athletic Complex.
Shairer contributed six goals and one assist while Meehan was good for three goals and four assists as the Owls remained perfect in LEC play at 5-0 and 9-5 on the season. Senior Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) and junior Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) had three-point days for the Panthers, who had their four-game winning streak stopped and fell to 3-3 in league play and 6-7 overall.
The Owls jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, starting with local midfielder Ian Hart’s (Richmond, N.H.) marker just under two minutes into the game. After Giroux’s first of two goals put the Panthers on the scoreboard, KSC rattled off four straight goals, capped by senior Easton Kezer’s (Derry, N.H.) unassisted breakaway goal to make it 7-1 in favor of the home team.
Plymouth State cut the margin to 7-3 on a man-up tally by senior Steve Engel (South Windsor, Conn.) and Eriksen’s unassisted score with 7:16 remaining in the first half. The Owls answered with four straight goals to close out the period, led by Meehan’s goal and two assists for an 11-3 lead at the half.
Keene State again outscored the Panthers in the third period with Shairer and Meehan each netting multiple markers. Freshman Ty Long (Dover, N.H.) scored the only Panthers goal in the quarter from senior Brett Zabrowski (Bayville, N.Y.)
Plymouth State shutout the Owls in the fourth quarter and scored three times, with Giroux and Eriksen each earning multiple points. But the Owls would hold off the Panther attack and come away with a 15-7 victory.
Keene State freshman goaltender Jasson Lesser (Brewster, N.Y.) played the first-half, allowing just three goals and making three saves, and junior Alec Corliss (Waltham, Mass.) allowed just four goals while making 12 saves in the second half. Panthers net minder Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) made nine saves.
Both teams complete the regular season with LEC games on Saturday, Plymouth State visiting UMass Boston at 1:00 p.m. and Keene State hosting Southern Maine on Senior Day at 3:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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