April 20, 2010

Box Score

BOSTON, MA - Sophomore attackman Griffin Meehan (Simsbury, CT) tallied a game-high 10 points on five goals and five assists to lead the Keene State College men's lacrosse team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 20-7, in a Little East Conference match today at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 4-8 overall, including 0-4 in LEC play, while the Owls improve to 7-5 and a perfect 4-0.

Junior attackman John Canty (Milton, MA) scored the second of consecutive man-up goals for UMass Boston to pull the home team to within 4-3 with 2:08 left in the first half, but Keene State netted three goals in a span of 39 seconds when Meehan scored at the 1:55 mark and then again just 22 seconds later, before sophomore midfielder Warren Dill (Yorktown Heights, NY) found the back of the net at 1:16 of the second quarter to give the Owls a 7-3 margin.

Sophomore midfielder Pat Driscoll (Hingham, MA) netted a man-up tally just 15 seconds into the third quarter fpr the Beacons to cut the deficit to 7-4, but Keene State countered with three unanswered goals with sophomore attackman Matt Schairer sandwiching a pair of scores around a Meehan goal for a 10-4 advantage. Senior middle Al Craven (Milton, MA) stopped the Owls' momentum temporarily with a goal at the 9:36 mark of the third period for UMass Boston, but Keene responded with five straight scores, including a pair from junior middie Ryan Shairs (Beverly, MA) and single tallies from Meehan, sophomore attackman Matt Crimmins (Saratoga Springs, NY) and sophomore attackman Tom Montano (Old Lyme, CT) to increase the visitors' lead to 15-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

Craven scored his team-high third goal of the afternoon for the Beacons at 13:19 of the final quarter to cut the margin to 15-6, but the Owls, like they had all afternoon, answered with multiple goals, getting four straight from Meehan, sophomore midfielder David Shaw (Acton, MA), senior midfielder Bryan Sweeney (East Lyme, CT) and sophomore attackman Jack McCarthy (Redding, CT) to give Keene State a 19-6 lead. Driscoll and McCarthy traded the final two goals of the day to set the final at 20-7.

The Owls scored just three goals in the opening quarter and held UMass Boston scoreless at the same time. Shairer and Crimmins each found twine, before senior Riley Benson (Derry, NH) scored with just 35 seconds left in the first quarter for a 3-0 Keene State lead. Shairer increased the Owls' lead to 4-0 with a score at 13:24 of the second quarter, before UMass Boston scored the next three goals to pull to within one. Craven put the Beacons on the board at the 8:56 mark of the second quarter, before senior Dale Nunn (Hillsborough, NJ) scored just 86 seconds later with an extra man advantage. Canty's goal at 2:08 cut the margin to 4-3.

Shairer finished with six points on four goals and a pair of helpers to go with two ground balls for Keene State, while Crimmins registered three points, including a pair of goals in addition to six ground balls. Junior midfielder Michael Araujo (Southborough, MA) really set the tempo for the Owls, winning 15 of 19 faceoffs for a 79% success rate and picked up nine ground balls. Sophomore defender Sean Leblanc (Simsbury, CT) was outstanding on defense with three caused turnovers and seven ground balls. Driscoll and Canty each racked up four points for UMass Boston. Driscoll netted a pair of goals and added two ground balls, while Canty's three assists were coupled with three ground balls. Craven added a pair of ground balls to his day. Senior defender Tim Boyle (Dorchester, MA) scooped up four ground balls and caused a turnover for the home team.

Freshman goalie Jason Lesser (Brewster, NY) earned the victory for the Keene State, allowing just five goals in 38:42 of action, while junior goalie Alec Corliss (Waltham, MA) stopped two of three shots in 14:28 of relief and freshman goaltender Tim Donovan (Newton, MA) also stopped two of three shots in the final 6:50 of the contest. Sophomore Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) made 22 saves for the Beacons to give him 45 in his last two outings.

UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, April 24 when it hosts Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut State University at 1:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center field, while the Owls host Western Connecticut State University on April 24 at 1:00 p.m.