On Thursday, April 19, the men’s lacrosse team traveled to Plymouth State University (PSU) to take on The Panthers. The Owls took away an easy win from The Panthers, winning 25-6. Keene State College scored six goals in the first quarter, five goals in the second quarter and seven goals each in both the third and fourth quarters. KSC senior Hunter Arnold had a strong game, becoming the eighth men’s lacrosse player in the program’s history to reach 150 career goals. This game was the final one in the Little East Conference (LEC), and The Owls won, staying undefeated in the conference with a 4-0 record.
The KSC men’s lacrosse team came out strong in the first quarter, with senior Paul Beling scoring in the first minute of the game. The Panthers found the back of the net at the 13:13 mark, but the Owls quickly responded with another goal just 42 seconds later. This goal led to a four-goal run for The Owls, with the score being 5-1. The Panthers scored once again, but KSC kept the shots coming, ending the first quarter with a 6-2 lead.
The Owls kept up the pressure as the game continued, fighting back to back with the Panthers. However, PSU could not keep up with KSC’s energy, facing an 11-3 deficit going into the third quarter. Arnold was the first to find the back of the net in the third quarter after a short pause in scoring, which kept the momentum coming. KSC had a 18-4 lead going into the final quarter of the game. Heading into the fourth quarter, PSU scored two goals in a row, giving way to seven straight goals for KSC, with five different KSC student-athletes finding the back of the net.
Sophomore Dave Wiedenfeld led KSC with a career-high eight points, registering three goals, five assists and five ground balls. Arnold also tallied up five goals and two assists. Senior Jon Nassif also scored four goals, with one assist and four ground balls. The Owls had a 49-30 shot advantage over PSU and held a 53-49 advantage in ground balls. KSC has now won 44 consecutive LEC regular season contests.
The Owls will have their final game of the season on Friday, April 27. They will go up against Southern Maine University on home turf starting at 5:00 p.m..
Caroline Perry can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org