DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Keene State overwhelmed the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in all aspects, needing only two saves while firing 67 shots to earn a 19-10 victory in the Little East Conference opener for both teams on Sunday at Cressy Field.
Score: Keene State 19, UMass Dartmouth 10
Records: Keene State (5-3, 1-0 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (1-6, 0-1 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth freshman Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) tallied his first collegiate hat trick, joining senior Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) as the duo totaled six goals for the Corsairs. Goalkeeper Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) totaled 22 saves, his second-highest career total, in the full 60 minutes of action.
Keene State saw eight players crack the scoring column, led by Rob Hart's (Londonderry, N.H.) nine-point performance consisting of five goals and four assists. Tyler Reilly (Grafton, Mass.) also tallied five goals in the offensive onslaught for the Owls.
UMass Dartmouth collected an early lead, with Rizzo and senior Anthony Gallo (Bridgewater, Mass.) finding the back of the net in the opening moments of the game. With 11:33 left in the first quarter, Bryan Rotatori (Grafton, Mass.) got Keene State on the board and started the Owl barrage, with the next four goals going the visitors' way. Freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) broke the streak at 3:37, but Hart found the cage with 18 ticks left in the fourth quarter to put Keene State back up two.
The Owls would carry their momentum into the second quarter, scoring the first four goals of the period, before Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) potted his 11th goal of the season to bring the Corsairs within five. Both teams would add one more goal before heading to the intermission with the Owls holding a 10-5 advantage.
Prozinski opened up the third quarter with a quick strike, scoring just 45 seconds from the opening whistle but Keene State controlled the rest of the period, outscoring the Corsairs 4-1. The final stanza was a mere formality with the Owls tacking on five more to UMass Dartmouth's three.
Inside the Numbers
- Keene State more than doubled UMass Dartmouth on ground balls, securing 57 to the Corsairs' 26, with Rotatori collecting 18 on a 14-for-18 performance on the faceoff.
- The Owls went a perfect 19-for-19 on their clear attempts for the game.
- Peters' hat trick marks his second in as many outings and third on the season thus far.
- The all-time series between the two programs remains lopsided, as Keene State is now winners of the last 14 dating back to 2004. The Corsairs' last victory came on April 10 of that year in a 9-7 decision.
UMass Dartmouth looks to snap a five-game skid against Becker College on Thursday with a 7 p.m. start time. Keene State remains idle until next Saturday as they continue LEC action against Salem State at 1 p.m.