Early lead fades as Western men fall at Keene State, 18-6

from the desk of John Napolitano - Assistant SID - Keene State College

Box Score

KEENE, NH (Apr. 28) —Junior Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) and senior Matt Schairer (Wrentham, Mass.) combined to net 11 goals and dish out four assists, as the Keene State College men’s lacrosse team defeated Western Conn. State 18-6 on Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex on senior day.

With the victory the Owls (9-5, 6-1 LEC) clinched the second seed in the upcoming Little East Conference Championship tournament, and earn a first round bye. They will await the winner of the 3/6 matchup between Western Conn. State and Plymouth State on Tuesday, in Danbury, Conn.

Before the start of the game, the senior class of Schairer, Sean LeBlanc (Simsbury, Conn.), Jonathan Rodrick (Plaistow, N.H.), David Shaw (Acton, Mass.), Chris Mallon (New Fairfield, Conn.), Jeffrey Bedard (Dracut, Mass.), Matthew Crimmins (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Al Cuomo (Scituate, Mass.) were honored for their careers at Keene State. “I think this senior class is starting to play with some desperation,” said Theriault. “They see that their careers are coming to an end, and they want it to last as long as possible. It’s a good thing.”

Coming up big for the Owls in net, junior Jason Leser (Brewster, N.Y.) made a season-high 18 saves and allowed five of WestConn’s six goals in the victory. “Jason had his best game of the year,” said Theriault. “He made the saves we needed him to make and played well.”

Jette’s eight points was a game-high, as Schairer finished with five goals and two assists for seven points in the win. Freshman Kevin Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.) finished with four points on three goals and an assist, while junior Ian Hart (Richmond, N.H.) had two goals and two assists for four points. Younger brother Ryan Hart (Richmond, N.H.) finished with two assists and a goal for the Owls in the win.

LeBlanc and Cuomo each finished the game with five groundballs, as LeBlanc also had four caused turnovers in the win.

WestConn was led by senior attackman Ryan Gillis (Norwich, Conn.) with his four goals on the game. Sophomore Ryan Foster (Ledyard, Conn.) also finished with multiple points, with a goal and an assist in the losing effort. Junior defender Brandon Marszalek (Somers, Conn.) finished with a goal and a caused turnover for WCSU as well.

A bright-spot on the day for the Colonials was senior Eric Small (Glastonbury, Conn.) as he went 19-for-25 on the face-offs against the Owls. 

In the game, KSC outshot WestConn by a narrow margin of 45-39 and scooped up 24 groundballs to the Colonials 12. The Owls did a nice job of clearing the defensive zone, converting on 23-of-26 attempts, while Western finished 11-for-17. Neither team was really efficient on the extra-man opportunities, as KSC finished 0-for-6, and the Colonials were 2-for-10.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
Western Connecticut (9-6, 4-3 LEC) vs. Keene State College (9-5, 6-1 LEC)

Western Connecticut. 2 1 2 1 - 6
Keene State College. 3 4 5 6 - 18

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Ryan Gillis 4; Ryan Foster 1; Brandon Marszalek 1. ASSISTS: Raul Bourgeois 1; Ryan Foster 1; Mike Schoen 1.

Keene State College SCORING: GOALS: Taylor Jette 6; Matt Schairer 5; Kevin Carey 3; Ian Hart 2; Ryan Hart 1; Matt Crimmins 1. ASSISTS: Ian Hart 2; Ryan Hart 2; Taylor Jette 2; Matt Schairer 2; Kevin Carey 1; Crimmins 1; Rodrick 1; Sutton 1; Wicke 1.

SHOTS - Western Connecticut 39; Keene State College 45.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Western Connecticut 24; Keene State College 27.

GOALIES - WCSUML: Tyler Martone 9-6 (53:58 minutes, 24 shots-8 saves, 16 GA) , Chris Alexander (02:09, 0-0, 0) , Kevin Seery (03:53, 3-1, 2); KSCM: Jason Leser 6-3 59:40, 23-18, 5) , Jack Rogers (00:20, 1-0, 1).