Area Sports Roundup, April 17-18

The Keene Sentinel, N.H.
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Apr. 19—KSC men's lacrosse pounds USM

GORHAM, Maine — Joe Nutting and Andrew Miller each scored five goals to highlight a laundry list of Owl scorers — 14 to be exact — as the Keene State men's lacrosse team dismantled the University of Southern Maine, 26-6, in a Little East Conference contest Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

The Owls (4-0, 3-0 LEC) never trailed in the game and used a burst of nine consecutive goals spanning the first and second quarters to turn a 3-3 game into a 12-3 lead and that wound up being more than enough to win another conference contest and another matchup with ease in 2021.

KSC has outscored their opponents 79-22 this season, winning every game by at least 12 goals.

KSC has featured a balanced offense all season, with 16 different players recording a goal and 20 different players a point.

Keene State next travels to Castleton University (0-6, 0-1 LEC) for a 7 p.m. faceoff on Tuesday.

KSC women's lacrosse rallies past USM

GORHAM, Maine — The Keene State College women's lacrosse team scored six goals in a row in the final 11 minutes en route to a come-from-behind 11-9 victory over the University of Southern Maine in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

It was the usual suspects powering KSC's offense against USM (3-2, 2-2 LEC), with Haile Ratajack leading the way with four goals and three assists. She also picked up five ground balls and had four draw controls. Ali Daisy, Brigid Casey and Mindy St. Marie each scored twice. Casey also added six draw controls.

Haley Terva won in net for the Owls (4-2, 4-1), stopping seven of the 16 shots that came her way. She has a 9.83 goals against average on the season.

KSC took 15 of 21 draw controls, including eight of nine in the second half.

Keene State next travels to Castleton University (2-6, 1-3) Wednesday for a 7 p.m. start.

KSC baseball drops pair at No. 21 USM

GORHAM, Maine — Sophomore Josh Beayon allowed three runs over seven innings while striking out six and the Keene State College baseball team held a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning of the opener of a Little East Conference doubleheader at No. 21 University of Southern Maine Sunday afternoon at Ed Flaherty Field.

However, the Huskies plated three runs in the eighth to scrap out a 6-4 win in that contest and then scored nine runs spanning the fourth and fifth innings of the second game, eventually winning 10-5 as KSC dropped both and have now lost seven in a row.

Keene State returns home to take on the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (4-9, 3-5 LEC) this Wednesday for a conference game at 3:30 p.m.

USM softball runs past Owls again

The first inning of Sunday's doubleheader against the University of Southern Maine told the story of what the afternoon would be for the Keene State softball team. The Huskies hit a leadoff home run and then cracked a two-run shot three batters later to build a quick 3-0 lead and went on to sweep the Owls by scores of 10-4 and 8-2 while never trailing in either non-conference contest at Owl Athletic Complex.

Keene State's 10 hits in the opener matched a season-best. They also had that many in a 5-1 win at Castleton University eight days ago.