Keene State vs. Western Connecticut
May 1, 2008
The Game Story:


KEENE, N.H., 05/1/08 – Sophomore attack Andrew Beriberi’s (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) goal at the 2:19 mark of overtime lifted third seed Western Conn. State University to a 14-13 upset win over second seed and defending LEC champ Keene State College in a semifinal game of the Little East Conference tournament played Thursday afternoon in Keene.

The Colonials (12-6), who posted their first-ever win over the Owls (9-3), will host the championship game against fifth seed Plymouth State, which upset top seed Eastern Conn. 11-10 (2-OT) in the other semifinal action. It will be WestConn's first trip to the title game. Game time will be 2 pm on Saturday, but will be officially announced on Friday morning.

Sophomore attack Adam Lanehart (Redding, Conn.), who finished with six goals, made his only assists of the game count when he fed Barbieri, who beat KSC senior goalie Matt Johnson (Derry, N.H.) with a hard shot to the far corner.

Trailing 2-0 two minutes in the game, the Owls netted the next six goals to go up 6-2 at the end of the first quarter. Senior midfielder Mike Fontaine (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and senior attack Tony Santa Fe had two goals each in the Owls’ comeback.

Both teams scored twice in the second half as KSC took an 8-4 halftime lead.

After senior midfielder Casey Broderson (Derry, N.H.) scored the first goal of the third quarter, the Colonials scored four unanswered goals to make it a 9-8 game.

The Owls responded with a three goal run of their own. Fontaine scored consecutive goals, his third and fourth of the game to put KSC on top 12-8.

With KSC nursing a two goal lead (12-10) heading in the fourth quarter, WCSU got a pair of goals from Linehart and a tally from Barbieri to knot the score as 12-all at the 6:58 mark.

Senior Midfielder Ryan Hazelton (Chester, N.H.) scored to give KSC a 13-12 lead with 5:39 to go, but senior midfielder Dennis Skarda (Danbury, Conn.) would send the game into overtime with a goal with 32 seconds remaining on the clock.

"We had a lot of opportunities in the third and fourth quarter and couldn’t put the game away," said KSC Coach Mark Theriault. "Give them credit; they did a great job coming back."

Santa Fe and Hazelton had two goals for KSC, which also got single goals from Josh Nugent (Cheshire, Conn.), Michael Araujo (Southborough, Mass.) Riley Benson (Hampstead, N.H.0, and Easton Kezer (Derry, N.H.). Senior attack Peter Lauranzano (Beverly, Mass.) dished out five assists.

Barbieri had four goals for the Colonials, who also got goals from George Tsirigotis (Islip Terrace, N.Y.), Mike Barnao (Sayville, N.Y.), and Terry Stroz (Monroe, Conn.).

Johnson stopped 10 shots for KSC. Junior goalie Kyle Wood (Hyde Park, N.Y.) made 15 saves for the Colonials.