KEENE, N.H. – Led by Taylor Jette's game-high five goals the Owls of Keene State College remain undefeated in Little East Conference play as they handed lacrosse a 20-4 loss Wednesday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.
With Wednesday's loss the Beacons saw their first two-game win-streak since the 2007 season snapped by the top team in the Little East Conference. The loss dropped UMB to 4-10 on the year, and 1-3 in LEC play. The Owls, winners of four straight, improved to 10-2, 4-0 in the conference.
Jette was joined by Tyler McKelvie who finished with four goals as the Owls recorded at-least four goals in every quarter in Wednesday's contest. Defensively, Keene State was just as consistent, holding the Beacons to only one goal in the first 30 minutes of play, and three over the final two quarters.
John Powers recorded two of the Beacons four goals, with the others going to Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) and Dom Fichera (Scituate, Mass.). Delpha also picked-up an assist, on UMB's first goal of the game, a man-up score by Powers in the second quarter.
Between the pipes Henry Bristol (South Hadley, Mass.) faced a total of 62 shots from the Owls attack and made an impressive 18 stops. On the face-off "X" the Beacons saw a total of five different face-off men, with Patrick McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.) and Lucas Llona (Shelburne, Vt.) each collecting a team-best three. Bristol was once again the team leading in groundballs with five, while Joe Miller (Hull, Mass.) was the only other Beacon to record multiple groundballs.
Ryan McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.) led the Beacons defensive effort as he forced a team best three turnovers, but it was the Owls defense that was on point all afternoon forcing the Beacons to lose possession a combined 33 times.
Lacrosse returns to action on Saturday when they host Salem State University at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference match. Prior to the start of the contest, the Beacons will honor their lone senior in Bristol, while at halftime former UMB and Boston State College alumni will be recognized as lacrosse will hold its first official alumni day in over a decade.