Keene State vs. Southern Maine
March 31, 2012
The Game Story:
Owls Use 12-0 Run to Drop Huskies 17-6

KEENE, N.H. 3/31/12 – The Keene State College men's lacrosse team opened up conference play with a 17-6 victory over the Huskies of Southern Maine, Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex. Led by four goals a piece by junior Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) and senior Matt Schairer (Wrentham, Mass.), the Owls improve to 3-4 (1-0) on the season, and extend their conference win streak to 17 games, dating back to the 2009 season.

Southern Maine falls to 3-3 (0-1) with the loss.

"They were excited, they had a little momentum off the nice win against Roger Williams and they were felling confident," said KSC head coach Mark Theriault, "We pressured the ball well and kept composure and to be able to only give up six goals in a game is fabulous."

Schairer got things going for the Owls when he found the back of the net at the 12:43 mark in the first quarter off a feed from senior midfielder Matthew Crimmins (Saratoga Springs, NY). That was the first of two assists on the day for Crimmins, as Schairer would also end the game with two assists to his name.

Southern Maine answered with a goal of its own when junior Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, ME) found freshman Kaleb Smith (West Gardner, ME) out front with 6:53 remaining, to tie the game at 1-1. Smith found the back minutes later off a deflection to put the Huskies up a goal.

The Owls then went on a tear scoring 12 unanswered goals.

Jette and Schairer each scored three times during the near 30 minute streak. Five other Owls found the back of the net including two from senior Ian Hart (Richmond, N.H.).

"We knew they played zone so we had to make sure the ball was moving really fast and to keep rotations goings," said Theriault, "And then when they went to man we took advantage of the backside being open and got some good shots off."

The Owls defense shutdown the Huskies all afternoon, causing 16 turnovers and scooping up 29 groundballs. Senior captain Sean LeBlanc (Simsbury, Conn) and junior Joseph Purdon (Fairfield, Conn.) had a busy day in the back line, causing three turnovers a piece and picking up two and three groundballs, respectively.

Keene State goaltender junior Jason Lesser (Brewster, N.Y.) improved to 3-2 on the season recording 8 saves in three periods of play. For Southern Maine, junior netminder Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Me.) recorded 7 saves, falling to 3-3 this spring.

Next weekend the Owls travel to Eastern Connecticut to take on the Warriors in their second LEC game of the year. The game will take place on Saturday, April 7th at 1:00 in Willimantic.

"The big game of the year for us, I purposely give a week of for rest and so they can focus on that game," said Theriault, "We know the pace of high level lacrosse after those first few games which really gave us that tempo we know we have to play at to win at that level, and Eastern Connecticut is one of those teams."

(Courtesy Kevin Butler)