Last Saturday the Keene State College Men’s lacrosse team came back home to the Owl Athletic Complex to defeat the Western Connecticut Colonials and raise its win streak to three. Sixteen players for the Owls accounted for points as the team opened with an offensive explosion. Junior attack Bryan Rotatori assisted fellow junior attackman Rob Hart and sophomore attack Paul Beling for two goals. Junior midfielder Ryan Askham scored unassisted before Hart assisted sophomore attack Frank Bacarella for a goal.

Tim Smith / Photo Editor

Tim Smith / Photo Editor

Western Connecticut scored its first of two goals in the first half at the 7:45 mark before the Owls went on a run of five unanswered goals, two each coming from Hart and senior attack Tyler McKelvie, with  another from junior attack Tyler Reilly.

In the second, junior midfielder Ethan Cyr scored for KSC in just 70 seconds, followed by first-year midfielder Chris Morgan’s assist that lead to another Bacarella goal. The first half offensive barrage ended for the Owls when sophomore attack Jake Genest assisted fellow sophomore attackmen Jon Nassif and Mitch Hale before Jesse Beatty scored for the Colonials before halftime.

With the score at 13-2, the Owls continued to dominate into the second half. Nassif scored two more goals before Hale scored his second of the contests. Both players scored the only goals of the third quarter. In the fourth, the Colonials attempted to rally back with consecutive goals from Nate Wilson, but the Owls responded. First-year attack Bobby Carey scored his first collegiate goal for the Owls before senior attack Berek Martichuski scored his first two of the season, concluding the game with a 20-7 drumming of the Colonials.

The win increases the Owls’ record to 6-3, making the team’s Little East Conference record 2-0.

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