Panthers suffer first conference loss and 10-game win streak snapped
KEENE, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's lacrosse team had its school-record 10-game winning streak snapped and its Little East Conference regular season title hopes dashed Tuesday with a 21-9 loss to Keene State College in an LEC showdown of conference unbeatens at Owl Stadium.
The outcome clinches the regular season title for the Owls (9-4, 6-0) and assures the top seed in next week's Little East Tournament. PSU suffers its first conference loss of the season and drops to 11-2 overall and 5-1 in the LEC.
Tyler Reilly and Tyler McKelvie combined to score 11 goals for Keene State, while Ryan Hart had a strong game with four goals, four assists and five ground balls.
Seniors Nick Morello (North Billerica, Mass.) and Aaron Boss (Keene, N.H.) and sophomore Colin Claflin (Pembroke, Mass.) each scored two goals for the Panthers. Senior middie Andy Ripley (South Paris, Maine) collected a team-high six ground balls and caused two turnovers.
The Owls started the game off with a bang, scoring four straight over 8:29 before senior Mike Trocchi (Danvers, Mass.) put an end to the KSC run at 5:44 remaining in the quarter. McKelvie notched his third tally of the opening quarter giving the home team a 5-1 edge and both teams would exchange goals to close out the period.
To open the second, a Hunter Arnold goal was answered by back-to-back scores from Morello to pull within 7-4, but the Owls would score five-straight, including two by Reilly to command a 12-4 lead. Claflin added a Panthers tally to close out the second.
Keene State pulled away in the third, holding the Panthers scoreless, while totaling seven goals from five different players. Reilly and McKelvie tallied man-up goals to open the fourth and Plymouth State closed out the game by putting four on the board for the 21-9 final.
KSC held advantages in shots (48-40) and ground balls (47-36).
Both teams will play their final regular season game on Friday night with KSC traveling to Salem St., while Plymouth State hosts Eastern Connecticut for Senior Night at the New Hampton School (6:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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