Corsairs Drop Little East Conference Opener

Corsairs Drop Little East Conference Opener

KEENE, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team cracked the scoring column midway through the opening period, but Keene State College responded with nine straight goals to earn an 18-5 Little East Conference victory this afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex.

The Owls, the conference coaches' preseason favorite, snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-4, while the Corsairs slipped to 3-5.

Junior Connor Gaffney (Andover, Mass.) led UMass Dartmouth with a pair of goals, while senior Torrey Savoie (Wilbraham, Mass.) tallied his first goal of the season. Junior Zach Drolette (Burlington, Vt.) netted a goal and went 3-for-5 at the X.

Senior Ryan Hart (Richmond, N.H.) turned in a balanced effort with three goals and three assists for a game-high six points. Junior Tyler McKelvie (Acton, Mass.) registered four goals, while sophomore Robert Hart (Londonderry, N.H.) also produced four points, on three goals and an assist. Senior James Dowd (East Longmeadow, Mass.) won 11 of 18 faceoffs to help Keene State hold a 14-for-22 advantage at the X.

The Corsairs jumped out to an early advantage, when Drolette netted his fourth marker of the season at the 15:56 mark. However, the Owls strung together four consecutive goals to close the first 15 minutes of action.

Keene State seized control of the contest by scoring six straight markers to extend its lead to 10-1. Freshman Sean Matthews (Wellesley, Mass.) and Gaffney lit the lamp nine seconds apart, but the Owls took a 12-3 advantage into the halftime intermission.

Keene State never let its lead dip below nine points over the final 30 minutes of action to earn its first Little East Conference victory of the season.

Sophomore Scott Spangenberg (Dover, Mass.) relieved classmate Matt Lafond (Bridgewater, Mass.) at the break and made nine of his 12 saves in the third quarter. Freshman Kyle Taylor (Raynham, Mass.) made his first collegiate appearance, but did not have to make a save in 88 seconds of action.

The Owls also featured three netminders, led by junior Dylan Florian (West Hartford, Conn.) Florian finished with five saves in just 30 minutes of action. Classmate Alex Sharp (Winchester, Mass.) and senior Jack Rogers (Acton, Mass.) split the final two quarters.

Keene State held a 41-26 advantage in shots and a 49-28 lead in ground balls.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 7 p.m. on March 31, when the Corsairs travel to MIT for a non-conference contest.