BOSTON, Mass. – A combined 12 goals over the final 30 minutes lifted the Owls of Keene State College to a 20-10 win over lacrosse Saturday afternoon at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 10, Keene State College 20
UMass Boston (7-7, 2-3 Little East Conference)
Keene State College (8-4, 5-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a tightly played first half, the Owls gained some distance in the third quarter as they outscored UMass Boston 5-2 to make it 13-5 with one quarter remaining. They would then clinch their victory to remain undefeated in LEC play as they registered seven goals.
UMass Boston did respond with their best quarter of the day as they found the back of the net five times, with four of the goals coming from Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.).
Dave Wiedenfeld led the Owls attack as he combined for two goals and six assists. The Owls and the conference leading scorer Hunter Arnold registered a hat trick, and had two assists. Jon Nasiff finished with four goals, while Paul Beling finished with four goals and two assists.
Parker had a huge day for the Beacons attack as he finished with a career-high five goals and six points, as he also picked-up an assist on the Beacons fifth goal of the day.
Making an impressive return to the line-up was Conor Lenfest (Waltham, Mass.) who had three goals and two assists, after missing the last two weeks of competition.
Between the pipes Alex Fawcett (Londonderry, N.H.) made 14 stops and faced 33 shots from the Owls. Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) closed out the conference loss with three stops over the final eight minutes of play.
Matthew Lemke dominated the face-off dot as he went 19-for-22 on the day to lead the Owls face-off crew to an impressive 26-33 showing.
The Beacons defense did force a combined 12 turnovers, with Kroy Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) each collecting a team-high five ground balls. Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.) also had four ground balls.
- On the day the Owls outshot UMB 62-30 and had a 52-32 advantage in ground balls.
- The Beacons were 14-30 on clear attempts, while the Owls went 19-23
- UMB finished 3-for-7 on man-up attempts, and the Owls went 2-for-6
- Saturday's contest was a rematch of the 2017 Little East championship game, as UMB made their first appearance under head coach Tyler Low.
The Beacons will host Salem State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.