|Keene State College||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Junior midfielder Hunter Arnold (Boxborough, Mass./Acton Boxboro) led Keene State College’s high-powered offense scoring five goals as the visiting Owls rolled past the University of Southern Maine Huskies 20-2 in Little East Conference men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Hannaford Field.
The Owls won their seventh straight game to improve to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in LEC play. The Huskies slipped below .500 at 6-7 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
Arnold and senior attackman Rob Hart (Londonderry, N.H.) each had six points to lead the Owls’ attack. Arnold dished off one assist to go along with his five goals. Hart added three goals and had three assists. Eight other KSC players scored goals.
Junior goalie Mat Howe (Bedford, N.H.) surrendered two goals and made six saves in 51:58 of action. Rookie goalie J.J. Tinney (Natick, Mass.) did not allow a goal or record a save in 8:02 of play.
Senior Keegan Smith (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) and rookie Jake Schoenberg (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) scored USM’s goals. Junior goalie Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) made a career-high 25 saves over the first 54:50. Freshman Alex Leblanc (Westbrook, Maine) made one save over the final 5:10.
Prior to the start of the game, USM honored its four seniors: Smith, Jeff Urmston (Bellingham, Mass.), Ryan Saul (Lancaster, Penn.) and Zach Hamm (Brunswick, Maine).
Hart scored twice, and junior Frank Bacarella (Monroe, Conn.) once, in the first quarter to offset a USM goal from Schoenberg to lead 3-1 after 15 minutes.
Keene State scored the first three goals of the second quarter, including man-up goals from Bacarella and junior Paul Beling (Holliston, Mass.), to go up 6-1. Smith tallied a man-up goal for the Huskies, but Hart fired home his third goal of the game at 2:48 to make it 7-2 at halftime.
The final two quarters belonged to Keene State as the Owls scored 13 unanswered goals while holding the Huskies without a score. Arnold had all five of his goals in the second half.
Keene State dominated the statistics outshooting the Huskies 74-17 in the game, and winning the battle of the ground balls 45-18. KSC junior faceoff specialist Greg Shawinsky (Trumbull, Conn.) dominated the X winning 19 of 25 faceoffs.