There’s nothing like the sting and suddeness of an NCAA tournament defeat. The Keene State men’s lacrosse team, sky-high following its conference-title-game win Saturday, had to dealw ith different emotions Wednesday, following a 21-10 loss to No. 5 nationally-ranked Williams in the second round of the Division III national tournament at Williamstown, Mass.
The end result didn’t reflect the competitiveness of the game. The Owls (11-6) and Ephs (16-3) went into halftime tied at six apiece. But the Williams offense broke through for eight goals in the third quarter and seven in the fourth.
The Owls won eight of 13 face-offs and held a slight 18-17 advantage in the first half, but the script flipped in the second half; they won only four of 19 face-offs and were outshot 31-14, including 20-8 in the pivotal third quarter.
Dave Wiedenfeld was the only multi-point scorer for Keene State, finishing with five goals and three ground balls. Shane Molloy, Michael Fritschy, Anthony Marcella, Jordan Caito and Travis Hamilton each scored one goal, and Connor Nolan and Gabe Cormier each had an assist.
Williams’ Kevin Stump five goals.