Panthers fall at home to defending champions
PLYOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Hunter Arnold (Boxborough, Mass.) and junior Bryan Rotatori (Grafton, Mass.) tallied four goals each Wednesday afternoon as Keene State College defeated Plymouth State University, 17-9, in a Little East Conference men's lacrosse match-up at Currier Field.
Junior Colin Claflin (Pembroke, Mass.) scored two goals to open the game for PSU, but Keene State rallied with three of their own before the end of the first quarter. The Owls scored all five goals of the second quarter to take control of the game before cruising to the win in the second half.
The Owls improve to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in the LEC, while PSU falls to 3-9 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Senior Tyler McKelvie (Acton, Mass.) added three goals and two assists for the Owls and junior Tyler Reilly (Grafton, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and three assists. Senior James Dowd (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and junior Ryan Askham (Manchester, N.H./West) picked up seven and six ground balls, respectively, and senior James Dowd (East Longmeadow, Mass.) won 14 of 22 face-offs.
Claflin would open the scoring in the first quarter with both of his goals coming just 1:26 apart to give the Panthers an early 2-0 lead. Meanwhile Panther junior goalie, Jayson LaRiviere (Chelmsford, Mass.), made some key stops to keep the Owls' offense at bay, until Rotatori would solve him with two of his own before the quarter was finished, and the Owls held a 3-2 lead after one.
The second quarter would be all in the Owls favor, as they reeled off five straight goals to take a commanding 8-2 lead at the half, and would continue with three more to open the third quarter. The Panther offense added two in the third and five in the final eight minutes regulation, but that wouldn't be enough as the Owls would come away with the convincing win.
LaRiviere finished the game with 16 saves for the Panthers, while sophomores Mathew Howe (Bedford, N.H.) and Alex Sharp (Winchester, Mass.) combined to make 16 saves for the Owls.
Both teams are back in action with Little East games on Saturday as the Panthers host Eastern Connecticut State University while the Owls travel to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
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