Keene State vs. Eastern Connecticut
April 23, 2003
The Game Story:
KEENE, N.H. 4/23/03 — Eastern Connecticut State University defeated Keene State College 15-6 in a battle of top ranked regional men’s lacrosse team at Owl Stadium Complex on Wednesday.

Ranked 15th in the region, KSC (8-3, 3-1 LEC) had its four game winning streak snapped. The Owls were looking to move into first place in the conference and post their first ever win against the defending LEC champ Warriors. Ranked sixth in the region, Eastern Conn . improves to 9-3 (5-0 LEC) and extends its winning streak to five games. ECSU has defeated the Owls in all six meetings.

The Owls trailed 2-1 after the first quarter and faced a 8-2 deficit at halftime.

Joe Branciforte (Cromwell, Conn.) and Eric Momnie (South Windsor, Conn.) had two goals each for the Owls, who had a difficult time against a tough Warrior defense. Ben Bradley (So. Hadley, Mass.) and Greg Richard (Nashua, N.H.) scored the other Owl goals.

Brian Hebron (Hicksville, N.Y.) had four goals and Bill Morgan (Boxboro, Mass.) and Marc DiGiovanni (Wilton, Conn.) added three goals each for ECSU.

“We were in the game in the first quarter, but they capitalized on our mistakes and that was the difference,” said KSC Coach Mark Theriault. “You can’t makes mistakes against a team like that.”

“They got some good shooters, and we didn’t pick them up well on their fast breaks,” added KSC goalie Eric Delisle, who finished with 11 saves.

“Hopefully, we’ll see them again in the LEC tournament, and pull off an upset,” Theriault said.

Keene State travels to UMass-Boston on Saturday (1 p.m.) for a regular-season ending game against the Beacons.