Keene State vs. Springfield
March 17, 2012
The Game Story:
ORLANDO, FLA. 3/17/12 – The Keene State College men's lacrosse team dropped an 11-6 non-conference game to No. 19 ranked Springfield College in Orlando, Florida on Saturday.

The Owls, who opened their season by playing several top-ranked teams, falls to 1-3. The Pride improves to 4-1.

Falling behind 4-0 after the first quarter, Keene State had to play catch up the entire game. "We never caught up to them," said KSC Coach Mark Theriault, a Springfield grad who played on the Prides' national championship Division II team in 1995. "I just think we sputtered offensively. Six goals in a game isn't going to cut it."

Senior Matt Crimmins (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) got the Owls on the board to start the second quarter, but Springfield netted the next two goals to go up 6-1. Junior Ian Hart (Richmond, N.H.) finished off a pass from his younger brother, freshman Ryan Hart (Richmond, N.H.) to make it 6-2, but the Pride added one more goal to take a 7-2 halftime lead.

"I think we did a decent job defensively. We made some adjustments at halftime, but a lot of penalties hurt us," said Theriault. "Springfield is very athletic and strong team and they out-hustled us. They wanted it a little more than us."

Trailing 8-2, Keene State strung together three straight goals by Crimmins, senior Jonathan Roderick (Plaistow, N.H.) and junior Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) to cut the lead to 8-5 early in the fourth quarter. However, Dylan Sheehan scored three quick goals in a span of two minutes to push the Pride's lead back up to 11-5.

Crimmins and Jette both finished the game with two goals for Keene State. Ian Hart and Roderick also found the back of the net. Ryan Hart also had a couple of assists.

Keene State junior goalie Jason Leser (Brewster, N.Y.) finished the game with 14 saves.

"We have (#15 ranked) Bowdoin on Wednesday, so it's not going to get any easier," said Theriault. "We're playing these types of teams because that's the company we want to be in. I don't regret playing strong teams, but at the same time you have the risk of losing some games too."

"I still feel good about this team," Theriault added. "It's only week three of the season. There's a lot of lacrosse to be played."