Keene State Pulls Away from Southern Maine

KEENE, N.H. -- The Keene State College men's lacrosse team exploded for 12 goals over the second and third quarters to break open a close game and defeated the University of Southern Maine, 21-7, in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon.

The win was the seventh straight for the Owls who complete the regular season 10-5 overall, and won the LEC regular season crown with an unblemished 7-0 mark. The Owls will be the top seed in the upcoming LEC tournament and receive a first round bye. The Huskies, who did not qualify for the six-team, single-elimination tournament, completed their season 3-11 overall and 1-6 in the conference.

The Huskies got the early jump on the Owls going up 3-1 in the opening four minutes. Junior Tim Bryant (Peterborough, N.H./ConVal) scored twice and rookie Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) once for the Huskies. The Owls would come back before the end of the quarter to tie the game on a pair of man-up goals by sophomores Matt Schairer (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip) and Griffin Meehan (Simsbury, Conn.).

The Owls tallied seven straight goals in the second quarter to go up 10-3 before Bryant scored in the final seconds. Meehan had three goals, and Schairer two, in the quarter.

Keene State put the game away in the third quarter outscoring USM 5-0 to lead 15-4 after 45 minutes. Schairer added three more goals to his tally.

Schairer finished the game with six goals and an assist while Meehan contributed five goals and an assist. Freshman Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) had two goals and two assists. Sophomore Jonathan Rodrick (Plaistow, N.H./Timberlane) dished out three assists. Junior goalie Alec Corliss (Waltham, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) registered 13 saves.

Bryant finished on top of the Huskies' scoresheet with four goals and two assists. White added two goals and two assists. Sophomore Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) and rookie Jacob Groom (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) combined to make seven saves in the USM goal.


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